Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Day 2 at Roca Partida, the Solmar V's favorite dive site!

Hola from Roca!
It`s been a fun-filled day here at the Solmar V`s favorite dive site. The weather has been amazing giving us sunny and calm conditions. The diving has been great as well. The surface temperature increased to 77 degrees F and our visibility has been constant at 75 feet (25m). There was an interesting temperature gradient which may account for the better action today. On our  first dive we had lots of Galapagos, Silvertips, and Silkies. They were darting in and out of the thousands of creolefish that were lazily feeding in the slight current. On the south side we found a nice school of hammerheads which we had for nearly 10 minutes. The group of 30 or so hammerheads curiously circled around many times. BBC`s John MacIntyre followed the school for some time, but said his best efforts were on the meandering Silvertips, which were showing courting behavior. Later on we spotted a Giant Pacific Manta, which is an uncommon sighting here at Roca. The manta remained deep in the cooler water below. On our second dive, we spotted the hammerheads again. This is, of course, in addition to all the other sharks. We decided to wait on the south end to  see what else might show up. Our patience paid off and a manta glided by. This time it came up to greet us. For 20 minutes or so we had the manta playing between divers and circling us following one of the groups all the way to their safety stop. Our final dive today was very relaxing. There was no current and there was lots of action everywhere, so we didn`t have to move much. We watched countless sharks swimming left to right, right to left, up and down...It was a lot of fun. The baitfish (creolefish) kept jumping as we had some huge yellow fin Tuna darting after them. We even spotted another school of hammerheads. 
Lots to see here and even more to come tomorrow. 
Until Next Time,
Dave Valencia

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