Solmar V has made more than 300 trips to the Socorro Islands since
1992. The crew has kept extensive notes identifying
each manta by the markings on their bodies. They have established
a special relationship with many of them and have a tremendous
respect and admiration for these animals. Riding or chasing the
mantas is not allowed. The mantas initiate the interaction by approaching
the divers. If they like you they will return and again and again.
This creates a truly magical experience for everyone.
The mantas are only some of the large
animals seen at San Benedicto. At "The
Canyon" divers have spotted schooling hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks,
silky sharks, duskies, white tips, dolphins and even an occasional humpback
whale or whale shark.
Photographer Michele Westmorland captures
two giant mantas as they play at "The Canyon".