22 Aug 2013

Malpelo and Panama combination, August 4 to 18 2013

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Crossings:Moderate crossings both ways 


Weather:Panama: Normally sunshine in the morning and rainshower in the evening, moderate windsMalpelo: Strong winds during the second day, otherwise moderate, some sunshine, not much rain


Dive Conditions:Panama: Normally around 15 meters visibility, 28 degrees surface temperature with a thermocline of 25 degrees below 20 meters.Variable currents 

Malpelo: Always 27 degrees and around 30 meters visibility on the surface, 21 to 24 degrees and 20 meters vis. below 25 meters depth. Sometimes weak and sometimes strong currents

Highlights:Great dives at Banco Hannibal with many Snappers, Tuna and Big Eye Jacks.Al least 6 Whaleshark encounters, groups of up to 20 Silky Sharks, many close encounters with Hammerhead and Galapagos Sharks, snorkeling with Humpback Whales, underwater Dolphin encounters


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