Captain’s Noon Reports – Gallant Lady – 2023-08-15

GL is at la Reynita, Today is a perfect day in the sea of Cortez. Read till the end, because our day just went from awesome to unbelievable in a few hours.

This morning we started our first dive at la Reyna, a tiny islet north of Cerralvo, which is my favorite dive site in the southern sea of Cortes. As the divers jumped in, they encountered perfect conditions: crystal clear water, perfect temperature, and almost no current. They told me everything looked so still as if in a 3d version of the Las Avatar movie. They encountered a beautiful reef, the rest of a shipwreck with its giant propeller surrounded by turtles, loads of reef fishes, moray eels, octopus, and a giant fish ball of skipjack so big that it would hide the sun.

The second dive was at la Eynita a beautiful dive site along the west side of Cerralvo island. The conditions were excellent too with loads of fish, massive snappers, rainbow runners, and a beautiful reef.

As guests came out of the dive and sat at the table for lunch, we got a radio call from our spotter plane…ORCAS was in sight, just 4 miles from our anchorage! Everyone dropped their forks and off we went on the rhib to find these big dolphins. Top predators, at the very end of the food chain, we encounter them often in the waters of the Sea of Cortez. We know there is a population of about 25-30 divided into several pods that spend the whole year along the coast of the peninsula. they find plenty of food here, with a very diverse menu: dolphins, turtles, mobulas, whale sharks (yes, we saw that happen), stingrays, and even sharks.

Today, Mola Mola was on the menu! When we arrived, the orcas were parading with the rest of a sunfish in their mouth. What a sight for our guests to see these majestic animals, breathing just a few meters from us, with their big dorsal fins and their unique black and white pattern. The orcas were very relaxed after their hunt and we followed them for a while until they started taking up speed, a way to let us know they had enough with the human watching. Everyone was beyond excited and happy about that exceptional encounter, an unbelievable and unforgettable experience. I see big smiles and lots of cheering, stuff for dreams. The Sea of Cortez is a place full of magic!

By Noon Reports

Daily dive and conditions reports from our captains onboard the Nautilus Liveaboard vessels.

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