Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jan 17, 2017

Today we arrive to Roca Partida after a rocky crossing from San Benedicto but the diving conditions were good with a medium swell coming from the north, the wind blowing from the northwest, good visibility of 30 meters / 90 ft, water temperature 24 C / 79 F, some thermoclines along the rock and light current coming from the north.

We got in the water on the first dive waiting to spot some whales due we have seen spotting them early morning a 100 yards away from the rock and then appearing on a different spot blowing and even splashing with their tail, apparently there 3 around the zone, one escort, the big mama and the calf. As soon as we were in the water we could see a big school of hammerheads, about 30 individuals swimming deep in the blue and getting away from us with the ocasionaly single lost one swimming behind the big group. On the current at the north the big sharks appeared, silver tips, Galapagos, silkies and the resident white tip reef sharks resting on the ledges made the perfect occasion for the photographers. As the day goes by, we could see two mantas chasing each other, one black and a very friendly chevron that kept following the divers as usual. In the blue we could see a big school of skip jacks followed by tunas, rainbow runners and the pompanos swimming close to the surface.

We expected to see the big whales today but hopefully tomorrow will be our lucky day, they are so close!!

Rodrigo Marroquin, dive instructor.

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