Thursday, January 22, 2015

As the sun rose we could see it was going to be a great day at Roca Partida!

Hi again,
Today we woke up at Roca Partida after a very smooth ride overnight from Socorro. As the sun rose we could see it was going to be a great day, the ocean was completely flat and there was almost no wind a clear sky only with some clouds in the horizon making it a beautiful start to the day.
We started the dives after breakfast and underwater it was no different than in the surface, just perfect with no current, temperature of 25C/78F and 100ft/30m visibility! All the action was on the south side of the rock today, hundreds of steel pompano, lots of big eye and black jacks from the surface all the way to 100ft/30m.
The firs dive was when we saw the hammerheads! This time a school of about 40 to 50 of them, they were a bit deeper than us about 130ft/40m but a couple of them were more curious and came to check us out around 100ft/30m. There were also some curious Galapagos and Silvertip sharks that came close to us in between all the steel pompanos and of course the usual residents of Roca Partida the hundreds of white tips that like to pile up on each other on several ledges that can be found here.
Once again we had some whale action today, there were two humpbacks going around the boat and sometimes getting close to the rock, they were moving around a lot, but a bit before our second dive they stayed for a while on the surface so we decided to go out on the pangas to try to have a closer look. We did see them from the pangas but were not able to see them underwater. At the end of the day as we were checking out the sunset, one of the whales surprised us and breached right next to the stern of the boat, so close that the noise woke up the ones that were taking a nap at the sun deck!
Thiago Mendonca
Dive Instructor

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