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October 3, 2014

Thresher shark

BY: Oceana Web


© OCEANA / Carlos Minguell


We could finally see a thresher shark deep in detail. Maybe it’s the same shark we missed a few days ago in a nearby area (Punta Miradero). We could clearly appreciate its particular physiognomy, standing out its tail, which is about half of its total size. We also saw another sixgill shark, much more elusive and hard to see though.

The second dive took place in a nearby but much shallower place, starting at 192 m and reaching up to depths of 38m. This time we found a large black coral (Stichopathes sp.) forest which makes us think of this habitat forming a belt between 100m and 200m. The most remarkable species are those endemic to these depths; this time we saw two stingrays (Dasyatis pastinaca),  puffers (Sphoeroides marmoratus), groupers (Mycteroperca fusca), bogues (Boops boops), trumpetfish (Aulostomus trigosus), damselfish (Abudefduf luridus) and what to me was the most outstanding, hundreds of garden eels (Heteroconger longissimus) hovering over a large sandy surface.

After completing today´s work, and once back in port, we went out to celebrate the birthday of one of our crew members: the great cameraman but even best colleague Kike Talledo, with whom I hope to have the pleasure of sharing many more campaigns in the future.