Back on board the Nautilus Explorer and loving it! Socorro Island. First mate and guest blog. 05 FEB 2011

Having taken extended leave from the Nautilus Explorer, it’s a great feeling to be back on board and working in the beautiful Revillagigedo archipelago. There’s nothing like some honest work, old (and new) faces and the sea air to blow off the cobwebs – not to mention the old familiar aches and pains as muscles atrophied from laziness are forced back to work!
Of course, the biggest highlight for anyone onboard the Nautilus Explorer, crew or guest, is the opportunity to see and interact with some of the most beautiful and awesome marine life in the world. It had been some months since I’d seen my old friends, the giant Pacific manta rays, and they welcomed me back in style. Deckhand Gabe and I went for a swim this afternoon, he with nothing more than a mask and fins, and I with scuba gear and a camera. The conditions were great, and no less than three giant manta rays were there at the Boiler to greet us. Swimming in the big blue and trying to capture that magic moment when Gabe and the mantas seemed to dance together (bravo on your freediving skills, Gabe!) was a fitting welcome to the Socorro islands. Spending 40 minutes with three 20-foot giant mantas at arm’s length isn’t such a bad way to spend your first dive back!
Fortunately, all our guests are buzzing with similar stories of interaction, and not just with giant manta rays – dolphins, hammerhead sharks, and other favorites are making strong appearances as well. With 7 dive days to go on this trip, we can only imagine what other encounters await us. We’re looking forward to finding out together!
Sandy Curtis
First Mate
Nautilus Explorer
Feb 05 2011
Slovenian underwater team very satisfied in San Benedicto. Been waiting for a breathe of ocean air for too long. Two dives today. One manta, hard skin, one fast heart rate. Two kayaks. One quiet volcano. One humpback whale in the distance…too far. No problem, they ll be around in the next days. Getting dark now. One beer…. today was a good day.
Cao mami, vse u redu, vse super pod in nad vodo, se vidmo… Jure & co.
Heute haben wir unsere ersten Tauchgaenge bei San Benedicto Island gemacht. Leider war die Sicht nicht ganz so gut wie wir es und erhofft hatten, aber dafuer kamen die Mantas ganz nah zu uns! Ausserdem haben wir Hammerhaie, Silberspitzenhaie und zwischendurch noch ein paar Lobster, gruene Muraenen, usw. gesehen, fuer den ersten Tauchtag nicht schlecht!!!
Juergen und Ute
wir sind nun den zweiten tag auf see. wunderschoene tauchgaenge mit mantas. die waren wirklich zahm, kamen von sich aus zum spielen zu uns, schwammen mit uns, liessen sich sogar beruehren. toll ! zum abschluss des tages ein bier im whirlpool, perfekt.
martin
die mantas lassen sich nicht lange bitten. sie paradieren wie diven auf dem roten teppich. fotografieren oder geniessen … das ist eine schwierige entscheidung.
christian
Es ist einfach unbeschreiblich! Ich tauchte lange dicht unter einem Manta, den wir den schwarzen Baron genannt haben, und war ihm so nah, dass ich sogar seine Parasiten sehen und beobachten konnte. Dabei tut es mir um die vielen anderen tollen Meeresbewohner leid, die sich bei Sonne auch reichlich gezeigt, aber wenig Beachtung gefunden haben.
Detlef

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