Sailfish Baitball Expedition
FEBRUARY 5 - 11, 2017
(7 day trip - 5 days of swimming with sailfish)
This is our 8th season taking a small group of divers out to see one of the greatest natural predation events in the underwater world...sailfish chasing baitballs around the warm waters that surround Isla Mujeres, MX.
The goal is to spend 5 days off Isla Mujeres looking for sailfish hunting sardines. When we find them, the best way to encounter them is with snorkel, this will allow us to swim through the water faster. Scuba is too heavy and slow for the fast moving fish. We will jump in and try to view every surface feeding oppotuntiy that we find. However, sailfish are constantly moving so the encounters will sometimes last seconds or minutes, depending on the activity of the feeding frenzy. The ultimate goal is to find static (non-swimming) baitballs. These are the opportunities we are searching for. When we find static baitballs we can spend anywhere between 10 minutes to hours with the sailfish while they hunt. Each season we have been out there, we have managed to find static baitballs.
Our personal record with one baitball has been 2 hour straight. It was an amazing day...we had enough time, to film for an hour, come back on the boat, change batteries and then jump back in to film for another 45 minutes.
This adventure is big animal diving at its finest. These are day trips and we will travel early each morning from our hotel, (located at the marina for easy boat access) in Cancun, Mx. to seek out sailfish. Spend our days out in the water, then return you each evening to your hotels.
Please note; if we can not get out due to bad seas, our alternate plan will be to visit Playa del Carmen, MX. to dive with the bull sharks. November through March is bull shark season. This is the time of year when the large aggregation of female bull sharks visit the warm Carribean waters. This is a shark feeding experience. Or we may possibly dive the Cenotes. (fresh water caves). This may be an option as well.
Want to know what chasing sailfish feeding on baitballs is like? Here is a 3 minute video of raw footage of what it is like once we find a baitball. The ideal baitball is static (which means the fish stay in one spot and feed off the baitball.) The majority of the baitballs we find, the sailfish are chasing after the baitballs. So we swim after them, filming that action as it unfolds. Hope you enjoy!
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