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Captain’s Noon Report – Belle Amie

Location: Roca O’Neal
Weather: Winds NNW 5-10, Swell NW -35ft, Visibility 40-50, Water Temp 75F
Status: West of Socorro Island

We got a treat today with the weather and the dive at Roca O’Neal. The first two dives were nice with a great seascape, swim-throughs, and underwater archways. A manta joined us right at the deep archway; it was playful and stuck around with the group the entire dive. There were a few hammerheads as well. During the second dive the current was bringing in some nutrient-rich waters and the visibility dropped a little. A manta, a hammerhead, and some galapagos sharks were seen but the best part of the dive was the dinghy ride back to the Belle Amie. We had humpback whales throwing their tails in the air and smacking the surface with their pecs right next to the boat. When we started to head back to the mothership there were three whales together and one launched out of the water with a magnificent aerial turn. The whale came splashing back down in the water and white water was thrust into the air. We are headed to Punta Tosca for our last dive, then to the Navy inspection. There was a whale smacking its pec just off the port side of the boat during lunch.
– Captain Lowel

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