Galapagos on the Deep Blue

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Galapagos on the Deep Blue

Post by dlh » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:35 pm

I returned last week from a fantastic trip to Galapagos from a 10 day trip on Master Liveaboard's "Deep Blue". It was a really great trip that delivered on all counts. It was my second trip to the islands and this one was even better than the first. Last time was in September on a different boat. The water visibility and vessel were much better this time around. 80 foot vis at Wolf and Darwin for the big critters and sharks, and a very nice boat and crew. We did three dives a day for 7 days, and three more dives with 1 or two dives each. All were fantastic.

Here are a few of the pics:
Mosquera Beach February 08, 2020 224.jpg
Darwin's Arch
Cape Douglas February 12, 2020 020-2.jpg
Red Lipped Bat Fish
Cape Douglas February 12, 2020 175-Edit.jpg
Marine Iguana
Cape Douglas February 12, 2020 211.jpg
Marine Iguana
Galapagos - Darwins Arch February 08, 2020 059.jpg
HammerHead
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Whale Shark - 30 footer
Galapagos - Darwins Arch February 08, 2020 300.jpg
Playful Dolphins

Punta Vicente Roca February 13, 2020 092-Edit-Edit.jpg
Mola Ramses - Eight feet tall!
Punta Vicente Roca February 13, 2020 134-Edit.jpg
Turtle in the sun
Wolf Island February 10, 2020 023-Edit.jpg
Whole school of HammerHeads
Wolf Island February 10, 2020 033-Edit-Edit.jpg
HammerHead
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Re: Galapagos on the Deep Blue

Post by stphnmartin » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:01 pm

Wow! Super great! The hammers got close! So did the mola mola!
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Re: Galapagos on the Deep Blue

Post by oldsalt » Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:45 am

Each one of these pictures deserves a poster. I still hope to see a whale shark one day. Congratulations. Being a whale geek, I am guessing those are bottlenose dolphins. Do you know?
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Re: Galapagos on the Deep Blue

Post by dlh » Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:58 pm

Glad you like the photos! The two days at Darwin's Arch were full of surprises including 200-300 Bottlenose Dolphins that buzzed our crew many times, especially when we at the surface towards the end of dives. Lots of amazing interactive experiences.

This picture has about 35 dolphins in frame!
Galapagos - Darwins Arch February 08, 2020 291-Edit-Edit.jpg
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Post by Vjw » Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:33 pm

Amazing pelagic pics!!! And you got to see hammerheads, a whale shark, and a mola mola! Glad the boat and viz were even better this time!!

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Post by Gdog » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:13 pm

Freaking amazing Dave!!

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Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:27 pm

Very very cool DLH! Excellent shots.


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Post by derekcs » Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:30 pm

Really cool iguana photos. How close did you get to the whale shark? I remember how hard it was to get a shot of one with good white balance at that depth. Looks like you were at 60-70ft?
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Re: Galapagos on the Deep Blue

Post by dlh » Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:55 pm

derekcs wrote:
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Really cool iguana photos. How close did you get to the whale shark? I remember how hard it was to get a shot of one with good white balance at that depth. Looks like you were at 60-70ft?
We were probably around 60 feet when the whale shark came by. I was out to the right flank of the diver group and it came right in toward me. I jetted out and took a first round of shots as it swam right to left in front of me, maybe 10 feet. Then it did a 180 and came right back toward me for that shot that I posted. I was within 6 feet or so and it passed right over. I was shooting my D850 with a 16-35 lens and my Inon 330's very close to full power. Shot at ISO 320, f9, 1/160, 27mm.
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Post by Scubie Doo » Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:20 pm

Some major bucket list critters BTW. Hammerhead, mola mola, whale shark, dolphins. You checked a lot off the list.


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Post by Scubie Doo » Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:21 pm

And the iguana too :)


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Post by ScubaJess » Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:37 pm

Wow!!!! Such a fantastic report!!! Super beautiful snaps! :luv: :luv: :luv:
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Post by jmartel » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:02 am

Nice photos. I'm surprised you saw a whale shark since it's out of season there. We did October in 2016 on the Aggressor and doing it again next October. I wasn't lucky enough to get the dolphins you did, but we got some pilot whales. The boat before us had a pod of Orca come through which I'm insanely jealous about.

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Re: Galapagos on the Deep Blue

Post by Sharkb8 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:20 pm

Beautiful photos. Did you give that red lipped batfish a big smooch from all of us?!
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