Tiger shark at Punta Tosca!!
We left Roca Partida after two days of decent diving, although the visibility was not the greatest, to be honest. I thought Socorro would be really stirred up as well, but was actually decent. Some of us had the luck to get a passed by a tiger shark and 4-5 dolphins did a few loops around us. The song of the humpbacks was really strong, and two divers had the luck again to see them. Mantas made fly-bys but did not really trust us yet. I think we will get them tomorrow. The whale watching that we did with our zodiacs produced some beautiful sights, from breachings and tail lobbing. We went in snorkelling with curious bottlenose dolphins. For the second round, just 10 min before going, we had humpback whales all around the boat, as close a just a few feet from the stern, and when we were going out we spotted just one sleeping lonely grown up whale. It is interesting how at one moment the sea is boiling with whales and then it is almost like a desert! We ended up on a meditation dive at the aquarium and lay in the water and listened to the whale song and finished the day with a sunset cruise watching the green light on the setting sun.
Conditions: Wind 0 – 10 knots on the surface. Waves at the outside dive sites but none in the bays. Water visibility was 10- 15 metres. Water temp was warm today 24C (72F). Little to no current and swell.
Sun and light wind today at Socorro Island. I started my day whale watching with a small group of four in an inflatable. We were first greeted by pacific common dolphins who came right up to us. When the swimmers entered the water the dolphins became playful. Some were jumping clear out of the water a good 2m! After the friendly swim, we watched humpback whales breaching over and over from a safe distance (but still close enough to be very impressive). It was a great start to a terrific day. The Pacific was very much alive.
–1st Mate, Waldie
Swimming with dolphins and seeing whales breach was as good as any great dive.
I have been away from Socorro for over a month and today at Punta Tosca on the very first dive at 30m there was a tiger shark waiting to give me a welcome greeting, after that, we worked our way back to shallower waters and a small hammerhead came straight to us, as close as 6m. So far the most amazing thing has been that mother and calf that came close to us on the first dive on the first day, I knew then that this was a great trip already.