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March 9th – March 19th, 2019 (Socorro Islands) #TripReport

March 9th – March 19th, 2019 (Socorro Islands) #TripReport

March 18th 2019, Pacific Ocean

Trip N° 13 (March 9th -march 19th)

Hello you all! Another great trip to the Socorro Islands! Las Cuevas was a very pleasant check dive with lots of tropical fish, and a a couple of white tips sharks were into the caves. The next day at the Boiler we found a beautiful Manta Chevron around the cleaning stations. El Cañon was absolutely amazing! We saw a Manta Chevron at the very beginning of the dive and around the cleaning stations a huge Galapagos Shark was swimming around us, getting closer and closer! We also had lots of silvertips sharks, at least 8 small sharks and 1 big silvertip shark! Meantime a black manta was passing above our head and when we head back north under the belly of the Solmar V, a big school of Amberjacks was there, and then a bunch of bottle-nose dolphins came to chase them! We also got some silky sharks! The action at El Cañon was so good and because weather conditions! We saw Black mantas, Mantas Chevron, more Galapagos sharks, silvertips, and a big school of at least 30 hammerheads.

Once in Cabo Pearce in Socorro Islands, we found a gorgeous Black Manta circling around the shallower cleaning station, bunch of tropical fish and a big tiger shark was a bit deeper. The wind was blowing hard so we had to come back to San Benedicto and one more time El Cañon was a great dive for the next two days and was so incredible to find more bottle-nose Dolphins, a Chevron Manta in the shallow zone of El Submarino, 4 Galapagos sharks within the cleaning stations and more silvertips sharks in the blue. El Pariente Rock was a great place to find 1 Chevron Manta and 1 Black Manta within the reef, and a school of tunas was into the blue and a couple of silky sharks were around. Finally the weather allowed us to head to Roca Partida where 8 Galapagos sharks were at northern corner, a huge yellow-fin Tuna was chasing the jacks and lots of wahoos were in the blue, and during the last dive we found big school of cottonmouth jacks and big silvertips sharks. The current was strong to the west and the drift was so fun! To finish our trip we try the Boiler one more time, and the Bottlenose Dolphins came to say hello! We had 6 of them swimming and playing with us, and for the rest of the day we have 3 to 4 Mantas all day, Black Mantas mixed with Chevron Mantas to the last minute of our safety stop! See you next time!

Ignacio Hernan Leyro
Solmar V
Scuba Diving Instructor



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