Sharks Up At Roca

The Solmar 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!

For 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 of Guadalupe. 
  • 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 Socorro Islands.

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