Honshu Island sits at the confluence of the Okhotsk Current which pushes cold water southward from
Russia and the Tsushima Current which carries warm clear
water northward from the Philippines. Where these currents
collide, animals of all shapes and sizes can be found. In
this extremely special spot, there are lush reefs of soft
corals populated by countless sharks and rays.
The most common shark species that you will
see are banded houndsharks; a generally shy species that - over a period of
years - have become used to human contact. When we conduct
the shark feed, you can expect to see literally hundreds of
Banded houndsharks in one small area. This is a dive not to
JAPANESE HORN SHARKS
Another common shark on the reefs around
Chiba is the Japanese horn shark. With a good guide and some
observant hunting, his beautiful species can often be found
hiding under ledges or sitting motionless in plain sight.
This one is definitely not shy! Its super easy to close to
this shark as sits patiently hoping to blend into its
BLOTCHY SWELL SHARKS
More difficult to find than its horned
cousin, the blotchy or Japanese swell shark is another slow
moving species that likes to wedge itself under overhangs
and inflate its belly with water so that it can't be
JAPANESE SLEEPER RAYS
This unusual little ray species lives on the
sand in close proximity to reefs where it has a steady
supply of prey species. Finding these pint sized predators
can be a challenge because - with a flick of their pectoral
fins - they can dissappear under a fine layer of sand. Watch
out where you are kneeling, this ray packed a serious
electric punch even when under the sand.
SCALLOPED HAMMERHEADS AND
JAPANESE WOBBEGONG SHARKS
Dive under a blanket of sharks at Mikomoto
Island! Once we leave Chiba and head along the Izu
Peninsula, we will be in hammerhead country. Mikomoto is
Japan's version of Cocos Island where, on a good day,
schooling scalloped hammerheads fill the heavens.
While at Mikomoto we will also go on the hunt
for the elusive Japanese wobbegong shark; a northern
relative to the more common wobbegongs that are found around
JAPANESE ANGEL SHARKS
When diving around Honshu, always keep one
eye on the blue and one eye on the sand. Although uncommon,
you may stumble upon a Japanese angel shark!
RED STINGRAY CITY!
Perhaps even more abundant than the banded
houndsharks, you will probably be bombarded by scores of red
stingrays during the shark feeds in Chiba. Armed with sharp
tail spines, these rays show up in droves hoping to sneak a
scrap or two. Fortunately, they never use their barbs on
divers unless you accidentally land on one!
PACKED WITH EXOTIC SPECIES
If endless sharks starts to get a little
monotonous, its a quick kick into the lush soft coral reefs
where a myriad exotic fish await! The diversity of species
around Honshu Island is world class. From huge bristlechin fish to intricately patterned morays and
rockfishes, there is enough life on these reefs to keep even
the most jaded diver happy.
Day 1. After an easy 11am pick up in Tokyo,
you will travel in our private group bus to the hotel
in southern Chiba prefecture (about 3hrs by road). Once we
check in we will visit the dive shop and arrenge equipment
before heading out for supper at a nearby restaurant.
Day 2. After a light breakfast, we will head out to sea for
three banded houndshark and/or reef dives.
Day 3. Three more shark dives including time for exploring
the reef in search of Japanes horn sharks and other species.
Day 4. Three more sharky dives in Chiba. Then, we will pack
up and relocate
to the Izu Peninsula; about 5hrs by private bus. Dinner at a
restaurant near Mikomoto Island in southern Izu.
Day 5. After breakfast, we will head out for two dives at Mikomoto Island
in search of schooling hammerheads.
Day 6. On our last day of shark diving we will return to Mikomoto
Island. As well as the
hammerheads, we will spend some time looking for endemic Japanese wobbegong sharks.
Then, back to the hotel to pack and relax before heading out
Day 7. After a quick bite we will drive back
to Tokyo, arriving around noon. Time for fond farewells for
those flying home or you can extend your adventure by
joining us on to our
Giant Salamander Expedition.
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He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most
people on this planet and he's very good at it.
Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds
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the Journal of Zoology.
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When not running big animal expeditions or on
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which shines a spotlight on many endangered species of sharks and
rays that are largely overlooked by mainstream conservation groups.
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