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2014 Photobook

The first photos of our 2014 Photobook are up! Our mission in creating this annual photobooks is that we can capture the growth of our company and remember the amazing memories our guests and friends help us create each year. This year was certainly one for the books, and nobody could have prepared us for the animals and incredible encounters we experienced this year. With the out of the ordinary weather, we were treated to smooth hammerheads and schools of molas that would make your head spin.
2014 SD Expeditions Photobook

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Now Offering SD Expeditions Gift Cards

Amazing visibility while diving at La Jolla Cove
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2014 Photobook Now Available

SD Expeditions Annual Photobook

These images are from our first photobook in 2013. You’ll have to wait until it’s in your hands to see the beautiful images gracing the pages of this year’s 2014 photobook!

2014 certainly was a special year for us, and we’d like to share it with you.

Continuing our annual tradition of compiling our very best encounters from the year into a single book, the 2014 Photobook is here. We hope you enjoy this visually stunning book featuring Kyle McBurnie’s award-winning underwater photography, and we want to thank you for all of the amazing memories you’ve helped us create this year.

Click here for more information and to order your 2014 Photobook, with free shipping (United States only) on orders placed before December 10th.

‘Below’ Shown at 15th Annual San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition


Nick and Kyle’s video, Below, premiered on the silver screen Saturday evening during the San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition to a live audience of nearly 500 viewers. We were honored for our video to have been selected to be presented among those of some of the greatest underwater film makers.

Below is a film encompassing the magical waters off the coast of San Diego, showcasing local creatures from sea slugs to blue whales and all the kelp forests in between – if you have a moment, it’s worth a watch, we promise.

Announcing Mola Expeditions for 2015

Ocean sunfish mola mola school under kelp paddy
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With the extremely warm water this summer, it was only a matter of time before our personal favorite showed up… molas! This year we had a particularly amazing summer swimming with these charismatic and harmless animals, with schools of molas under kelp paddies and even coming out of the depths of blue water to surprise us while on our shark trips. We’ve seen sea lions eating mola carcasses and some of the largest molas to date.

We received a lot of interest in mola-molas from our guests, so in the summer of 2015, SD Expeditions will be the first to start offering mola-mola encounters – from July to September.

For more information on our Mola Expeditons for 2015, click here.

In the Water with Smooth Hammerheads

We experienced unusually warm water temperatures this year, and for the first time in many years – hammerhead sharks appeared in San Diego. By altering our chumming techniques and locations, we were able to offer Smooth Hammerhead diving – something no one else has done.

Although they have been spotted here in the past, very few divers have ever encountered a Smooth Hammerhead underwater. These sharks are large, shy, and very cautious. But once they got comfortable they provided a completely unique experience.

Watch our encounters with these amazing animals below:

http://youtu.be/FFXm34mamsI

We are now officially on TripAdvisor!

SD Expeditions on TripAdvisor

SD Expeditions on TripAdvisor

Woohoo! We are so excited to finally be listed on TripAdvisor! We’d love to hear what you have to say about our services and how we can improve, so head on over and check out our page :)

Smooth Hammerhead Swimming with a Mako

Possibly one of the most amazing things we’ve seen all summer… I NEVER thought I’d see a smooth hammerhead and a mako shark swimming together especially midway through October!

The shark diving has been a little slow last month, with the very warm temperatures keeping the blue sharks at bay, it has been mainly makos and hammerheads (not that anyone’s complaining!).  We had fun enjoying the blue whale blows off in the distance, with pods of dolphins coming by to check out the boat as well.

She must be a fighter with fresh hooks in both sides of her mouth!

She must be a fighter with fresh hooks in both sides of her mouth!

Jess with the 7 foot mako shark

Jess with the 7 foot mako shark

At around 3pm we had a large 7 foot mako with fishing hooks in both sides of her mouth show up.  She was very calm, and after observing her behavior for a while we got everyone in the water with her.

There was a moment where she took off, and Nick yelled out “It’s hammertime!” Lo and behold, a slightly smaller smooth hammerhead showed up, and would stick around for the better part of an hour.

The beautiful smooth hammerhead, check out that rippling muscle in her back!

The beautiful smooth hammerhead, check out that rippling muscle in her back!

The true astonishment came when after an hour of enjoying the hammerhead – the female mako with hooks in her mouth decided to come back.  For about 5 minutes, the two sharks swam together and allowed us to record a short video before we got out of the water.

Ryan, Jess and Matt watching the hammerhead

Ryan, Jess and Matt watching the hammerhead

Here’s the video we managed to grab before the mako decided to try and fit my strobe in her mouth..

http://youtu.be/H3B1wLPUG8g

Overall it was an amazing shark trip, and we had a great time with our guests out on the water. Thanks guys!

Happy shark divers!

Happy shark divers!

Taking out CBS 8 for the Hammerheads

We were very lucky to take out Shawn Styles with CBS 8 news on the Mola for some hammerhead diving! We got in the water with 2 playful sharks and we are very excited to have this segment feature on the news. If you missed it, check it out here:

CBS 8 Hammerheads in San Diego

Image courtesy of CBS 8

Hammerhead Shark Sightings in San Diego

On August 18th we welcomed two amazing underwater photographers, Andrew Sallmon & Allison Sallmon with the hopes of sharking out very very far into the Pacific. When the ocean threw some solid swell at us, we decided it was best to re-think our plan and stay a more standard distance offshore – and what an amazing decision that was.

Between two sets of Mola-molas under patties, chumming up and swimming with a Smooth Hammerhead shark for HOURS (perhaps a San Diego first in recent years?), witnessing a juvenile white shark from the surface (Nick and I got in to no avail), and enjoying over a handful of blue whales on the ride back including a mother and calf, it doesn’t really get more amazing.

The 7-8 foot female hung around for 3 hours alternating between making passes and circling the boat. Everyone in the water was very comfortable with her, and she had such a calm disposition. Their heads are so much larger than I expected!

Three days later, we spotted another hammerhead only 2 miles off shore, and yet another one while chumming for blue and mako sharks later that day.

Ranging from 3-20 feet long, hammerheads are normally seen in warm waters and are one of the few sharks that school during the daytime and become solitary hunters at night. This one that we had the pleasure of getting in the water with was also alone, and several studies have suggested that sightings in Southern California are associated with warm-water events. I guess one of the upsides of this warm water driving away blue and mako sharks is that we get hammerheads!

Hammerhead shark spotted san diego

Hammerhead shark diving san diego

Nick diving down on the beautiful hammerhead shark

Swimming with hammerhead sharks