Tuesday, June 4, 2013

This was our third day here at Roca Partida and we have enjoyed every minute of it.

Hi Solmar V fans,
This was our third day here at Roca Partida and we have enjoyed every minute of it. The gentle swells and shining sun, not to mention the amazing diving, have made the last few days great. Well today`s diving had much of the same amazing things. On our first dive this morning we had a group of friendly dolphins keeping us occupied for the first 15 minutes of the dive. Behind the dolphins we had a few hammerheads and silkies check us out to see what we were up to. As we made our way back to the rock, Galapagos sharks, Silky Sharks, and Silvertips slowly swam back and forth among the massive amounts of creolefish. Towards the end of the dive, a school of thousands of bonito rolled towards us. They were circling like a tornado and sharks were above, below, and going through the tornado. It was definitely a "wow" moment. The second dive had a few small schools of sharks with a mixed school of a dozen or so silvertips and galapagos around the north point. One group swam to the blue and even caught a glimpse of a nice school of hammerheads. The third dive was probably the most exciting of the day. We waited patiently near the north point and finally saw some silvertips below. So we dropped down into a school of 30 silvertips. The were going back and forth along the wall. They circled around four times and didn`t come back. Then the Yellowfin Tuna showed up.. There were a lot of Yellofin Tuna and they were Large. The giant-sized tuna dwarfed even the largest sharks and us divers. They came close chasing one another in mating behavior. The males show vertical stripes as they get excited and chase the females everywhere. Some were even feeding dashing through the baitfish. Having these large Tuna come so close and show curiousity towards divers is quite uncommon and very special. The tuna dazzled us with their colors and made us dizzy swimming circles around us for nearly 30 minutes. Unforgettable....
Tonight we head to Socorro hoping to get some manta action. 
Until Next Time,
Dave Valencia

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