Up At Roca
V recently completed the last voyage of our Spring 2008 season cruising the Socorro Islands. Guests and crew raved about the amount of sharks they saw at one of our
most popular diving areas, Roca Partida.
" Split Rock" in English, this tiny "islet" barely
pokes it head above the waves. But undersea it's a cathedral for
marine life, and this trip saw spectacular shark activity. Divers
were reporting seeing more than 100 silkies on a single dive. Plus
Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks, and Silver Tips were far more
numerous than usual (and that's saying a lot). The giant school of
tuna that was hanging around was probably responsible for some of
the increased action, but there's another factor...The
Mexican authorities and the live-aboard dive operators visiting
these islands have come up with a good plan for monitoring any illegal fishing activity
throughout the entire area, and we're seeing the results with
increased numbers of sharks. That's great news for the future!
the balance of 2008, The Solmar V will be:
- Hosting our 2008 Baja Nature Cruises in the Sea of Cortes this
month. These cruises will be repeated in both 2009 and 2010.
- In July, we will haul out to "Boatyard" for
our annual maintenance and safety checks.
- In August and September, some fabulous
encounters with Great White Sharks (cage diving) off the island
- In October, we feature two regular
live-aboard dive trips in the Sea of Cortez,
- On October 31st, we'll have our season opener and return the
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