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Underwater photos from the Galapagos

I just returned from a great trip to the Galapagos Islands. Some of you have been interested in my underwater photography over the years, and you can see photos and read about it at: http://bruceyates.blogspot.com/

This was my favorite photo from the trip, probably because it was an amazing experience - we were diving on a ledge about 50 feet deep watching a squadron of spotted eagle rays gliding along on the current when about twenty hammerheads came rushing through the scene. VERY cool (and adrenaline-inducing)!

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Now that is COOL! Awesome photography!

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Excellent website Bruce. Great captions too.

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Wow, I've heard that Hammerheads are not very "human friendly". I think I would have peed my wet suit.


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Wow, I've heard that Hammerheads are not very "human friendly". I think I would have peed my wet suit.
There are two types of hammerheads, Ron. The schooling type we saw are scalloped hammerheads, and they're not considered dangerous to humans/divers. The other type is the Great hammerhead; it tends to be a loner and is seen (if ever) only one at a time, and is considerably larger and more dangerous (in fact, it is the longest type of shark - growing to as much as twenty feet!). I've only ever seen one great hammerhead, and that was in the Bahamas. If I ever saw several of the THEM headed towards me, I too would pee my suit!

Interestingly, the same is true of barracudas. The schooling type are not dangerous, whereas the "loners" found in the Caribbean (coincidentally also known as Great barracuda) are rather schizo, and have been known to attack humans on numerous occasions (especially women wearing jewelry/earrings, which look amazingly similar to fishing lures). The loners make me nervous, whereas I've swam right into huge schools of barracuda on numerous occasions, such as this:

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What an amazing trip that must have been. Thanks for the pics and the link to your site; it was very enjoyable!


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There are two types of hammerheads, Ron. The schooling type we saw are scalloped hammerheads, and they're not considered dangerous to humans/divers. The other type is the Great hammerhead; it tends to be a loner and is seen (if ever) only one at a time, and is considerably larger and more dangerous (in fact, it is the longest type of shark - growing to as much as twenty feet!). I've only ever seen one great hammerhead, and that was in the Bahamas. If I ever saw several of the THEM headed towards me, I too would pee my suit!

Interestingly, the same is true of barracudas. The schooling type are not dangerous, whereas the "loners" found in the Caribbean (coincidentally also known as Great barracuda) are rather schizo, and have been known to attack humans on numerous occasions (especially women wearing jewelry/earrings, which look amazingly similar to fishing lures). The loners make me nervous, whereas I've swam right into huge schools of barracuda on numerous occasions, such as this:
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Barracuda are the cats of the sea.. Very curious creatures..

I looked around and found one looking over my shoulder once...He was a curious about me as I was afraid of him... Big teeth...

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I love it when you go on on vacation. Thanks for the pix.

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Yes, one time in the Caribbean, I was swimming along alone on my way back to the boat, and noticed a huge (4-5 ft long) barracuda swimming parallel to me about 15 feet away. If I stopped, he stopped. If I turned he turned with me. Creeped me out. I've done roughly 1000 dives, and that is the ONLY time I've actually taken my knife out of its scabbord. Which is laughable in hindsight because if he'd actually attacked me I couldn't have reacted fast enough, but at the time it gave me some small sense of security holding it between me and him!

Barracuda are also the only fish I know that will play "chicken" with you. If you corner one in a ravine, and swim towards them, they'll swim towards you. You stop, they stop. You proceed, they proceed. Again, kinda creepy!

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