First giant manta mating ever caught on film plus Socorro dive report from last trip – March 22, 2010.March 22, 2010
Check this out!!! Mantas mating!!!!
Well, I guess we all know that our favourite big animals – giant mantas and sharks – don’t always co-operate on every trip to Socorro Island. While Socorro was closed recently for navy exercices, scuba diving continued unabated at nearby San Benedicto Island and Roca Partida and the diving was some of the best that we have ever seen in the islands: large schools of hundreds of hammerhead sharks passing close by our scuba divers (our secret technique is to dive commando style and stay tucked right in the rocks a la Cocos style to avoid scaring the hammers), lots of fantastic friendly interaction with the giant manta rays, schools of silky and silvertip sharks (yes –>> schools!!), yellow fin tuna, extremely friendly bottlenose dolphins and such. Trouble was that the very big seas and residual wavetrain of a couple of weeks ago stirred up the sediment and particulate and vis was unusually low on our last trip. First time in a long time that we didn’t get the sightings that we are used to. While such is the nature of oceanic big animal diving, we are getting in touch with each guest on last week’s trip and will be making them an offer they hopefully can’t refuse to come back and experience the “the real Socorro”. Trust and hope that the vis is back to normal on the next trip. Captain Mike
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