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  • Manta spread the love at socorro

    The Mantas spread the Love

    Yesterday weather conditions invited us to visit Roca O´Neil, not every trip we are so lucky. Once again, we were the only dive boat around to enjoy the site. One after another all groups drifted along the wall with the sweet current mesmerized by the gorgeous lava formations, the arches and the chimneys, but most of all the cheeky mantas, going from on group of divers to the next, spreading the love equally without engaging for too long with any.

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  • Captain’s Noon Report – Explorer

    Explorer – Lots of jacks, tuna, wahoo’s, silvertips, whitetips…Fish are taking shelter from the current which gives us a very cool “aquarium” effect

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  • Dolphins playing at the Canyon

    The Canyon Rocks!

    The Canyon, one of our famous dive sites off Benedicto Island, seems to be the spot to be at the moment!! Diving has been reported as great over the past few weeks with a lot of big animal encounters!! And luckily today was still phenomenal!!

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  • Dive at Socorro

    Eat, dive and repeat…

    Today was a beautiful day, the sun appeared early, and came to announce a beautiful day of diving at the island of San Benedicto, an island of volcanic formation. The divers were divided into three groups – sharks, dolphins and mantas. Mine was the mantas, the last one to go out to the dive sites, which I thought was great, because we had more time to get ready.
    We had our first breakfast, and soon we got in the water. The first point of diving was Fundadero. Soon after we realized the visibility was not the best, but the spectacle was incredible, and in the first few minutes a huge manta came to welcome us! She was watching us.

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  • Vibrant Visibility at Roca

    Roca Partida was amazing today, with its vibrant schools of fish as usual, great visibility, and stunning wall formation; however, the current posed a slight challenge and many divers had to surface after going blue attempting to locate schooling hammerheads. Calm conditions made surface operations run smooth, without incident. Current had slowed down in the afternoon and we descended into schools of wrasse, jacks, white tip sharks, and silver tip sharks in the clear blue water of Roca Partida. Cruising along the imposing sheer volcanic rock wall we came across gangs of silky sharks, wahoo, and lobsters staring at us through crevices in the wall, and some hefty yellow fin tunas who seemed masters of the blue water column we were intruding. We surfaced in time to admire the orange sun setting below the horizon before waving goodbye to Roca Partida as we secured the back deck and started heading to Socorro Island. Looking forward plenty of mantas and dolphins tomorrow. – Divemaster Aldo

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  • Like a Scene from "Jaws"

    Since 1975 (I am 50 in 2 weeks time) when I saw Jaws in Nottingham, England at the cinema, I have wanted to see a Great White Shark in the wild. So my friends booked this trip on Nautilus. Sam gave me and my friends a one-on-one introduction / briefing in the early morning to tell us how to use the respirator and the equipment. He was very good, I have never snorkelled or dived, so this was a real step into the unknown. I was very much out of my comfort zone. He was very patient and I got the grip of breathing and clearing the mask eventually. We got in the cage and the first Great White came in. I will never forget this moment… Effortless power and totally in charge of its surroundings. The next dive Alistair sorted me out and even more Great Whites turned up. This time a female came in, it was breathtaking; I could not take my eyes off her. When she cruised by she looked you in the eye no more than 10 metres away, a mind-blowing experience. The final dive I went into the cage and two males and a female…

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  • Picking up on shark behaviors and styles

    My first dive day was magical. There is something about these majestic animals that pictures and words cannot capture. I got into the cage and turned to face open ocean. I immediately was awake. You could say the cold water woke me up or attribute it to the coffee I had prior to my dive. But, what really woke me up was the blue eyes of the ultimate apex predator of the ocean, a Great White, passing by the shark cage. It circled cautiously and observed me as well as the bait. You could see the strength that he harbored in his body. Every turn was precise. His goal, a piece of tuna that was floating in the water. Shortly after, more sharks joined the feeding party. I was amazed with how many sharks we were seeing and their feeding patterns. After a short time, you start picking up on the patterns of different sharks and can time your photo based off the different behaviors and styles of the sharks. You could see a hierarchy in the group of sharks. When two sharks were going for the same piece of tuna, one would turn away and immediately disappear from view…

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