Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lots of sharks, playful dolphins, friendly giant mantas, and more at El Canon!

Today we had our first full day of diving on the trip at El Cañon in San Benedicto Island. The conditions were great, visibility from 60ft/18m to 100ft/30m and water temperature of 73f/24C.
On the first dive as soon as we got in the water there were two dolphins a juvenile bottlenose and its mother, the young one stayed mostly at the surface while the mother was very active and displaying a very unique behavior that we get to see sometimes at this site. The mother was hunting by chasing a big eye jack, not to eat it but to get it tired and make it throw up the food that it had recently eaten and steal it, something amazing to watch and listen to also because when they are doing this they make a very unique sound.
The second dive was also amazing we saw a couple of black tip sharks, silvertips and some small groups of 3 to 8 hammerhead sharks passing by slowly close to the sandy bottom. After that we encountered a very friendly black manta that stayed with us for over 30 minutes and while it was around and the divers took turns taking pictures and blowing bubbles under it there was a very curious silky shark circling us.
On the third and fourth dive we saw some hammerheads again but not so close still there were many around the dive site. Tonight we are heading to Roca Partida stay tuned to find out what we encounter there this time!
Thiago Mendonca
Dive Instructor

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