James and his sharks did not disappoint and he cranked our some amazing shark images. Here's his report and his website for a closer look at his white sharks:
"I climbed slowly down the ladder trying to adjust to the extra weight strapped to my waist. I looked around for my designated regulator and drop into the royal blue Pacific. The water was cold as ice, but I didn’t care. The metal enclosure that I stood in rocked back and forth with the waves and I had to grab onto the bars to keep my balance. I scanned the endless ocean for some sign of life besides the school of fish surrounding me. A dark shadow moves in the distance. A massive great white shark materializes out of the depths. My heart stops and I have to remind myself to breathe out of the regulator. This was the one moment I had been waiting for for 17 years and that one moment will forever be seared into my mind.
Over the next two days I came in contact with between 10 and 15 different white sharks, all with different personalities. On day two, perhaps the most famous shark at Guadalupe showed up. They call him shredder. He is 16 feet long and always loves to show off to the divers watching him. He circled the cage for three hours giving everyone a good look. As he swims past you, he looks at you dead in the eye and you can see his eye snap from diver to diver. Let me tell you, there is absolutely nothing more amazing, thrilling, and terrifying than having a 16 foot great white, swimming mere inches away from you, stare at you; studying you. Another smaller, unidentified shark, paid us a visit later that day. This one was showing more… aggressive tendencies. He would dive deep and torpedo up from the bottom right at our cage and veer off at the last second.
The whole reason I got into photography was for this very reason. Shark Diver was able to provide me with the opportunity to capture stunning images which I was able to display at an exhibition last spring. Several examples from this exhibition are posted above. For more of my work, please visit my website at www.james-dylan.com.
I had an incredible experience with Shark Diver. I hope to see you all again very soon."
So cool in fact that this vehicle will now be ensconced in the hallowed halls of Volkswagen Corporate for all time.
You don't get to VW Corporate if you don't produce paradigm shaking innovation.
This years commercial series was shot in Florida and the Bahamas over a month with a unique team of creatives, shark divers, RED shooters, and serious front of the camera talent.
The end result has been nothing but net and Kudos to the entire team for an effort hampered by some serious weather. We have a saying here at Shark Diver about weather, design builds, and film and television productions....at the end of the day its all, "accidentally perfect."
Here's to next year!
From the Sat phone on the M/V Horizon this week a quick update from Captain Spencer on the M/V Horizon:
Moooove on over epic 2011 season and bow down to 2012 White Shark season!
16 passengers and a crew full of shark men (and women) set off on a 5 day journey of a life time and got a life time worth of White Sharks in just 8 hours!
As the sun sets over the hunched back of Guadalupe Island the prime rib is exiting the oven bound for a hot date with some happy folks.
A saxophone is caressing the air played by a passenger on the top deck. Others exchange experiences over a ice cold beer in lounge chairs on the back deck. After our arrival here at 4AM people began to stir in their cabins. Cages were in the water as the sun peaked up out of the big blue Pacific.
After breakfast everyone had a rotation in the cage to shake off the cob webs; it was game time. Enter Carcharodon carcharias (Great White Shark). For the next eight hours it was breath taking. Over twelve different sharks made an appearance on day one of the 2012 shark season.
At times they came within inches of the cages.
Here's my left side and then my right side, as if the sharks were putting on a show for our viewing pleasure. We saw so many sharks today my voice is shot from yelling WHITE SHARK so much. The afternoon it was even crazier. There were times when people would come out of the water saying they were seeing 3-4 sharks at a time!!!
What an epic day aboard the good ship Horizon.
As I walk through the laptop filled salon, divers share their epic day with photos. Pictures and movies of sharks up close, sharks in the back ground of divers, and of course smiling the whole time. No words can explain what just happened here at this magical island in the middle of the Pacific ocean.
I can't wait to see what day two has to offer.
Captain Spencer Salmon
M/V Horizon 2012
In case you missed it here it is in all it's commercial magnificence.
We're taking a cue from a current crop of tv build shows, a dash of Mythbusters inspired mayhem, and of course the pure DNA of Shark Week to thrill audiences from Canada to
the Florida Keys.
And none is more hard core than Jim Miller who penned this trip report for us at the start of the 2012 white shark season at Isla Guadalupe.
Thanks Jim, see you in a few weeks: