Diving With Sharks Galapagos Island Gordon Rock 4/23/12
So far this was one of the most challenging dives I have completed. I was told that there were strong currents and that the experience was a must. So having 12 dives under my belt I jumped in full ass! We started our adventure at 6am, we were picked up by the dive boat off Dragonsbane and found out it was only me, Adam, and a nice guy named Bob from Canada who had 389 dives. As we zipped along the coast of San Cruz Island for about 45 minutes to Gordon Rock dive site, we were thrown forward and the engines stalled out! We hit a Manta Ray that was 20 feet long and it stopped us cold. Our dive master and us were very sad to have hit such a beautiful ray. I felt so bad because I felt like I just added to the problem of negative human interaction that you hear about in Galapagos. The dive master said it will more then likely die of its wounds.
After a sad start we made it to the site and geared up all at once. We sat on the gun whale of dive boat together and the dive master counted 3, 2, 1, we all dropped in at once. The current is so strong there that it will sweep you away if you took time jumping in one at a time. We circled up and were given the signal to dive. Submerging to 35 feet we saw a hammerhead shark right below circling. Then, the current took us for a slow ride but pulled us down to about 65 feet. We saw Eagle Rays, turtles, millions of little fish, and a school of Wahoo that had to be in the thousands as we swam through them. After 40 minutes of diving we surfaced and had the challenge of getting back into the dive boat that was going up and down in 4 foot swells and surf.
On our second dive we went to where the current really ripped hard. We all splashed in and went down quick to a rock wall where the current was pulling on you hard enough that you had to hold onto the rock. We dove for about 20 minutes but didn’t see too much and then we got to an underwater gap between two rock formations which made up Gordon Rock. The gap we passed through was about 18 feet wide and 45 feet deep as we held on to the rock bottom. As we crawled across the rock bottom and looked over a big rock bolter there was a school of 9 white tipped reef sharks 8 or 9 feet long swimming in circles 2 feet in front of us. I held onto to the top of the rock boulder as hard as I could. The current was so strong that it blew past as if my whole body was out the side of a car window going down the highway at 60 mph. The hoses from my scuba tank chattered like a flag in the wind. Then it stopped. changed direction 180 degrees and was now was pushing me into the school of sharks that where only inches from my face now. This went on for about 10 minutes. Next, the dive master Hugo, who was giving Adam his secondary air due to Adam running low on his own air tank, let go of the rock wall and shot right through the sharks. The sharks closed right around behind them and now it was my turn. I took a big breath waited for the current to spit me out through the sharks and out the gap. I let go and made it 15 feet but 1 foot short of the next wall. The current dragged me across the rock a few feet but I was able to get a grip and hold on. The second current pushed me out and I was low on air. I could not believe how fast I spent my air gong through those currents. It was a great time and I can’t wait to go again.
Doing Things Whole Assed Works Out Better Than Doing Them Half Assed! Jacques