|Amazing Whale Shark Rescue at Roca Partida |
The Solmar V returned to the Socorro Islands
in early November and witnessed one of the most amazing underwater
encounters of all time!
If you only watch ONE minute of diving video
this year (or next) PLEASE take a look at the Whale Shark Rescue
video featured below.
This Holiday Season is a time of giving, of caring,
and cherishing what we love. Our Dive Master Daniel Zapata embodied
all of these virtues when he successfully freed a pregnant female
whale shark from a tightly bound, 2''-3" thick line (probably originally
a mooring line), that would have proven fatal. For
every diver and ocean lover, this was a wonderful Holiday
gift. Thank You, Daniel!
"We are very proud of Danni, however we're not
surprised. Daniel's actions highlight the spirit of our crew
towards the marine environment. It‚s not surprising that
any one of them would put themselves at risk to protect what they
love. During the holidays, we think about gratefulness. We
feel very lucky and grateful to have such a dynamic crew as our
team aboard the Solmar V." (Jose Luis Sanchez, owner/operator
of the Solmar V)
For the last 20 years, the Solmar V has
rountinely pioneered incredible underwater encounters at the
Socorro Islands for our diving guests; whales, whalesharks,
giant mantas, all kinds of sharks, baitballs, and
wild dolphins. But every once in a diving lifetime we see and experience
something so unusual that there is simply no precedent. That's
what happened on our season opener trip this November, 2012.
A 30 ft. (9.5m) whale shark cruised slowly
by our group at Roca Partida. A giant, thick mooring line completely
encircled the whale shark, biting deeply into her thick skin
and beginning to impair her ability to use her pectoral fins.
The pregnant female was in very serious condition, and infection
or impaired movement would cause her demise.
The whale shark returned on the second dive,
and Dive Master Daniel Zapata (nicknamed Danni) made a decision
to drop down into hovering position just above the whale shark
and use a small pocket knife to cut through the thick line. He
then removed the entire line - which completely encircled the whale
It's ALL on the video - and words simply do
not describe how amazing this encounter is. The entire video
is about 8 minutes and shows what an amazing trip the season
opener truly was; the whale shark footage starts just before Minute
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