|La Vela from Lolo's Cove|
We are back in the Sea Of Cortez!!!!!!
On our first trip to the Sea of Cortez this season we were excited to welcome back some of our favorite Dive Masters, Bob Defeo and "Mayo" Ismael Hinojosa. Bob is a veteran divemaster with Rocio del Mar and has been leading our Sea of Cortez dives since our first season. Mayo, a favorite among our passengers, can't stay long. He has become a daddy - again! Congrats Mayo!
|Mayo - preparing for whale shark briefing|
We've heard that the salps were quite tasty treats for whales sharks so the next day we headed to Baja de Los Angeles to look for our Whale Sharks. We did our best and searched for hours - finally we found two. We hopped into the water and were hoping for the hours of enjoyment we have come to expect from the Whale Sharks but after about 30 minutes our sharks left us and we were sent back to Rocio a bit dissapointed. We quickly geared up and headed to another of my favorite dive sites El Pesacador. El Pescador was full of life and we had a great time with Giant Jaw Fish, Spotted Jaw Fish, a ton of Sea Hares, litterally piles and piles of them and octopus. Humbolt Squid
|Click the Link above for the video|
We had some great dives at Sal Si Puedes (Get out if you can). Our divers weren't intemidated in the least by the islands name and we continued to see a variety of Nudibranchs, Eel Sea Snakes, Garden Eels, Mexican Horn sharks and a thrill for both fish and diver was the Giant Jaw Fish. I believe this fish missed us while we were diving in the Socorro's. As soon as the giant jawfish saw us they were swimming out to meet us.
|Giant Jaw Fish|
We had a wide variety of nudibranchs this trip and our macro photographs were ecstatic. Along with some fantastic night diving full of crabs, horn sharks, lobster and don't forget piles of Sea Hares.
We had some amazing guests on this trip who were happy to share their experiences, such as Butch excavating dope lake, (that's quite a diving story), Dennis hiking Everest, Gene's amazing underwater videography and Bob's encounter with a Blue Footed Booby Bird (you'll have to ask him yourself about this).
Our Fourth of July trip started out with our season with a trip that will be hard to beat! Can't wait to see what adventures next week will bring.
Some Passenger Pictures.
|Dave and Lisa|
|John and Deborah|
|High tech scuba preparation procedure w/Chilli/Helen and me.|
|Bart and Helen|
|Spike and Chili|
|what it takes to film the humbolt squid! |
I had a wonderful time with you all and hope you come back to dive with us again very soon!!!