asked divers to send in their best "Tall
Tale" from any Solmar Trip
From the log of a recent SOLMAR V guest: Kaia Thomsom
"Standing on the bow of the Solmar V, cruising into the sunrise,
images of a giant, stationary "iceberg" of stone began
to manifest and grow as we approached our destination. Just one more
part of the amazing tour of the Islas Revillagigedos. I looked into
the flat, calm, blue waters surrounding Roca Partida. Wondering how
far down the dancing rays of light would go and what they were
possibly illuminating under the rippling surface?
Anchors set, our panga load of divers were
full of anticipation, ready to jump in and explore this volcanic
behemoth of a rock, jutting
hundreds of feet almost straight up from the ocean floor. "One,
two, three...GO", Capitan Geronimo called, as all 7 of us unanimously
rolled backwards to explore the watery world below. Dropping down
to a vista of perfectly decorated oceanic art; the Barberfish, Creoles,
and Moorish Idols moving gracefully up and down with the surge. Complementing
them were huge green Moray Eels resting on shelves with piles of
White Tip Reef Sharks as their napping buddies. Hanging in the clear
water watching the Galapagos and Silky sharks moving below, we had
a visit from several friendly mantas, all while background whale
song and dolphin salsa serenaded the mantas in their graceful dance.
Coming back to reality from this sub-aquatic
astral experience I reluctantly headed to the surface. Seeking
every last moment of
time in this watery realm, hovering during our safety stop, again
I was mesmerized by the dancing rays of light descending to the deep.
A feeling of energy overcame me, the buzz of anticipation returning.
And wondering to myself what is causing this feeling?
Suddenly, up from the depths, guiding her curious calf towards
a breath of air, a mother Humpback Whale graced us with a visit.
Camera in my right hand,
my left arm extended so I could feel her presence as the water moved between
us... Almost as if she was smiling, she paused for a moment to allow her
calf to have a look at these funny sea creatures dressed in neoprene
nets of bubbles similar to what the calf would learn to do later in life.
I actually was able to keep myself together
enough to take 6 images; the whales' first visit, the "look", and a few more
shots as they moved on. I could actually feel the motion of
the whales moving past me, like a wave within the water,
and will never forget the incredible feeling of swimming in the wake
of a whale's tail."
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