all of our Solmar V trips, we usually visit the islands of San
Benedicto, Isla Socorro, and Roca Partida. All are located in the
Archipelago de los Revillagigedos
(which is commonly called the Socorro Islands ).
Roca Partida, aka "Split Rock" in English, is by far
the smallest of the island destinations. It's not really an island
at all, merely a pretty big rock that's home to seabirds
and not much else!
Underwater, of course, it‚s an entirely different
story than Roca's modest topside presence. It's an impressive
pinnacle / seamount, with plunging vertical walls, located dead center
in the middle of nowhere, and a giant magnet for pelagic marine life.
Occasionally, "Roca", as we call it, is quiet and serene
underwater. That‚s rare. More often, it "rocks" to
big animal tunes of all types. Giant schools of fish, sharks, whale
sharks, and other marine life provide a steady parade of once in
a lifetime experiences for visiting divers!
A recent trip, several weeks ago, on the
cusp between our Humpback Whale Season and Spring Seasons in Socorro,
was a veritable rock
concert at Roca! Even our most experienced dive guides, with six
seasons or more in a row with us, came away in awe of the underwater
spectacle of Roca Partida.
Literally, everywhere you looked, fish were
everywhere . Intermingled with the giant schools of fish were sharks.
Up, down, left, and right.
So many that the Hammerheads were actually mixed in with Galapagos,
Dusky Sharks, AND Silvertips, something we haven't seen in 14
years! Activity was at a fever pitch, even in this very, very fishy
Maybe it was the weather; it was calm enough for us to anchor out
there for a full three days (unusual by itself since we usually only
spend a day or two at most there). But the band kept playing underwater,
and no one wanted to leave!
About the only big animal missing was either a Whale Shark or Humpback
Whale (they are almost never seen on the same trip). Well, it took
a couple of hours for that to change, and for two days all of the
guests onboard had the very special opportunity to snorkel or dive
with a Humpback Cow and Calf. For some of the guests, on multiple
Spring Season is in full swing mode now
at Socorro, and it is, indeed "rockin". Dolphins, Hammers,
Duskies, Galapagos Sharks, giant towering schools of jacks, and
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