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Underwater Photo Location: Vertigo, Yap

Underwater Photo Location: Vertigo, Yap

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This dive site on the outer reef is the deepest drop-off on the west coast of the island, plunging steeply down to 100m. It is also the location for the weekly shark feeds. The sharks are baited either by suspending the bait on the end of a line from the surface or by placing a crate on the reef top. Both methods results in a whole lot of sharks turning up for a free lunch. It's mainly grey reefs and blacktips that are visible, but up to ten different types are regularly spotted. If you like big animals and adrenaline-charged dives, this is the one for you. The feeding frenzy also attracts a myriad of other fish hoping for a taste of the action, including large coral groupers. The shallow reef top, which rises up to 6m and has a scattering of hard and soft corals, is a great place to chill after the excitement of the feed.
Facts about Vertigo, Yap
  • It is in Micronesia
  • Vertigo, Yap is in the Philippine Sea.
  • The typical depth is 50+ Metres 160+ Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 30+ Metres 100+ Feet.
Dive types
walldrift

Marine Life
bigsharksturtles

Diving facilities
airnitroxrepairshireinstructionguidedfriendly

Photo facilities
macrowideanglerepairsphire

by Jane Morgan
Grey reef shark in snells window

by Vladimir Levantovsky
Two (out of many) reef sharks patroling the waters of the Vertigo dive site off the west side of the Yap island. Canon XSi with EFs 17-85mm IS USM lens in Ikelite housing.

by Dieter Kudler
Vertigo, Yap Island; Nikon D7000, ISO400, 10mm, 1/160, f13

by Dieter Kudler
Vertigo

by Jason Rootes
Vertigo Shark. Black Tip Reef Shark in Yap.

by Steven Miller
Wagon Train

by Steven Miller
"they told me this shoot would be catered?.."

by Stephen Tan
Grey Reef Shark at a Dive Site called Vertigo.

by Pierre Mineau
I wanted to capture the power and beauty of this grey reef shark. I think this comes best across when they are doing an abrupt turn away from a head on encounter.

by Pierre Mineau
With a compact camera and wet lens, one is not able to do over-unders in focus ... but I still like the results with surface reflections.
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