We had three beautiful dives with mating octopus, seahorse, nudibranchs, scorpion fish, morays and lovely schools of grunts, snapper and surgeonfish also. Not to mention a couple of playful sea lions to brighten our day!
The highlights had to be up close and personal encounters with sea lions and a school of 30-40 mobula rays right above my head! This is the biggest school I have ever seen in 10 years diving and I hope there will be more schools to see later in the trip!
On the other dives we were watching sea lions and the fish life that has definitely been showing the effect of protecting this as a park. Snappers and Groupers are much bigger and in larger groups. We are also seeing much more of the grown up Bumphead parrot fish than ever before. Two days in the Sea of Cortez with flat sea and a different sea than where we are going, a very rich “Fishy sea.”
Our Sea of Cortez/Socorro combo trip has started with a good amount of life in the Loreto area (Isla Danzante), with 3 very good dives at the south point of Isla Danzante. We had the opportunity to go searching for photo opportunity animals such as Staghorn hermit crab, brown cheek Blennies…
Talking about big critters, we did the whale shark snorkeling again and had 5 of them. Everyone saw them. But this time they where not staying and feeding at the surface but resting their tails on the sandy bottom like last time. And in just in 30 feet of water, a young Humpback whale came by!!
Sten reported that they started the trip off with a visit to Los Islotes and the resident population of California sea lion pups. The scuba divers let the sea lions chew on their fins, their wetsuits and one diver was even “kissed” on the mouth. The last dive of the day was on the wreck of the Fang Min – a Chinese fishing boat that was caught fishing illegally in Mexican waters, confiscated and then sunk as an artificial reef on November 17, 1999.