Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mantas, silky sharks, and more on our first full day back at San Benedicto!

April 27, 2015
Hi folks!
Today was our first full dive day of this trip. We started diving at El Cañón at 8:00 am, we jumped off the back the boat, since we had good weather, we could anchor at the dive site from the stern, too! We descended to 70’/21 m and hit the bottom with a chilly water temperature of 24C/75F and a visibility of over 50’/15m.
So, we swam up to the typical cleaning station that the hammerhead sharks use on a regular basis, however, this time they weren’t there. We headed to the other corner of the cleaning station and saw the glimpse of a lonely hammerhead that got cleaned by few butterfly fishes; it hung around for a bit for later disappeared in the dark deep blue. We started to getting low on air so we had to swim back to the boat, on the way there, we intercepted a chevron manta that was begging for some bubble jobs :), of course we immediately pleased this 14’/4m majestic animal and it followed us all the way to the ascent line! That was how our first dive of today ended. The second and third dives were a bit sharky. 5 Silky sharks swam back and forth to the boat just to hang out right under the boat, they literally stayed around for almost 3 hrs. These curious sharks gave everyone very close-up passes, and made for some thrilling diving!  We spent the entire fourth dive checking scorpion fishes, diamond stingrays and one more time the five silky sharks that awaited for us by the hanging air supply system.We had another high-octane dive!
Tonight we’re heading to the grand Roca Partida! Let’s see what awaits us this time! Stayed tuned and don’t miss the Roca Partida news!
Hasta la vista!
Erick Higuera

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