Coronado Islands, Mexico – Lobster Shack & Middle Ground
Dive # – 491 – 493
It was a beautiful Sunday and an excellent day for our niece to cash in her Christmas gift from us, a dive trip to the Coronado Islands! We headed out with Waterhorse Charters with blue skies and calm waters. The first dive spot was the Lobster Shack. Known for its playful sea lions and rocky topography. Pretty blue water and 40-50 feet of viz. We cruised the bottom and had encounters with a handful of playful sea lions. One baby was particularly enjoying messing with Fred. 😀 As we continued on, Mike pointed out some yellowtail to me. They looked delicious, and clearly I wasn’t the only one who thought so… Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something bigger swim quickly by. Peaked by my curiosity on what that was, my fins of furry swam after it, with Mike, Brenna, Fred, & Brenda close behind following me. They knew I saw “something”. A few seconds later a juvenile great white shark swims through about 15 feet in front of us. A freaking GREAT WHITE SHARK. Holy cow, I never in my life thought I’d see one of these diving without a cage involved! I manged to get one photo for proof before it swam away. The baby was about 6-7 feet long we estimated and our depth was around 40 feet. The shark had zero interest in us, but to stay on the safe side, we went to shallower waters and stayed low to the rocks and close together. I’ve read different takes on if they are loners or tend to be in packs while hunting… that being said we thought it best to not stick around and see if a larger mama shark was nearby… 😀 Did I mention our niece is new to diving? That she has about 15 dives under her belt and can actually say she saw a Great White in the wild?! Dive SPOILED is what she is!! 😀 But pretty much made it the best Christmas gift ever!
The rest of the dives were kind of a blur. Can you blame me after seeing a Great White? haha Viz was better at Middle Ground with pretty scenery and weird kelp growing. But no sharks… 😉 Awesome day on the water!