Sea AlienFrom their side profile, the big Pacific manta rays can sometimes look like space aliens.
Blog Entry #4
April 26, 2011: Cabo Pierce
We spent all day tucked away in this small bay, diving Cabo Pierce. The winds have kicked up a bit, but the sheer 150-foot rock walls of the island protect us.
We dived from the pangas all day. Visibility was greatly diminished, and got worse with each dive. My first dive was the best. We dropped in on the outside of the point, and drifted in toward the lava flow. I saw a little rock outcropping at 110 feet and popped down there for a look. While there, I was buzzed by a massive hammerhead, followed soon thereafter by a manta that came in for a look. Other than a brief glimpse of that same manta on the second dive, it was the last anyone would see of our marine friends today.
The shark action was better than it has been on previous days. At least, we had more variety. The viz has been so poor that it’s made spotting anything difficult, but on dives two and three I saw a silky, more hammerheads, a silvertip, and the most curious white tips I’ve ever dived with. Normally they’re extremely skittish, but on the last dive they swam to within a couple feet of me, circling around again and again.
The highlight of the day was the continuous presence of humpbacks. We’ve seen them every day of the trip so far, but on all four dives we finally heard them. It was really something special to be serenaded by these in-tune crooners. We could only guess as to how far away they were based on the vocals. Guests who didn’t make the last dive reported seeing them almost on top of us, but with the viz a poor 20 to 30 feet, it would’ve been difficult to see them anyway. The previous three dives we made blue-water safety stops, and we were always hoping we’d come across one in the blue. But it wasn’t to be.
Motoring north back to San Benedicto and El Canyon… The writer in me wanted to try Roca Partida, but the diver in me wants the experience of the mantas at El Canyon. And nobody wanted to arrive in Roca Partida to miserable weather and bad diving conditions. It’s our last dive day tomorrow, so we want to make it count.
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