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SOCORRO ISLAND JANUARY 2018 TRIP REPORT

 

Giant manta diving

 

Socorro February 2017 in a nutshell: Great Manta action, plenty of sharks, extremely friendly dolphins and perfect conditions in which to enjoy them in.

 

Shark diving at Socorro Island

 

No Shortage of Mantas

Socorro is a great place to watch sharks, dolphins, and migrating humpback whales but the stars of the show are always the mantas. I doubt there is anywhere in the world that offers such personal, close-up interactions with giant mantas. And when I say interactions, I men just that. The mantas at the Boiler and other great dive sites throughout the island chain, come to specific spots to have their parasites removed by cleaner fish, but when they see divers, more often than not, they swim up to them for a closer look and play in their exhaled bubbles. One might think that this is idle curiosity but they return time after time, perhaps relishing in the feeling of the bubbles rolling over their sensitive skin.

 

Manta ray diving

 

Manta ray encounters

 

Mantas are extremely smart marine animals. They have sophisticated brains compared to other fish and sharks so it is not unreasonable to think that they actually enjoy the interactions. We certainly do!

 

Six Species of Sharks

There are some sharks you expect to see at Socorro: Galapagos sharks, Silkies, Scallopped Hammerheads, whitetip Reef Sharks and usually a few silvertips. This year we saw all of the usual suspects plus a large dusky - at least I think it was a dusky. I've never seen a dusky in the Eastern Pacific before but I know they're there. The crew also saw a Tiger Shark but I missed it so I'm not counting that one :)

 

Shark diving at Roca Partida

Whitetip Reef Sharks

 

Shark diving at Socorro

Galapagos Shark

 

Silvertip shark diving at Socorro Island

Silvertip Shark

 

Dusky shark diving at Socorro.

Dusky Shark

 

Extra Friendly Dolphins

Every year the dolphins get friendlier at Socorro Island. We don't always see them because they're wild animals and sometimes they're off hunting or doing other stuff that wild dolphins do, but when they show up they are such a treat to dive with. They used to just come and check us out but now they swim right into the group and let the guests rub their bellies and flanks. I try to be objective and realistic about why they do this but there is no other explanation - they just like it! :) They obviously get a kick out of visiting the strange looking monkeys that fall out of the sky.

 

Diving with friendly dolphins at Socorro.

 

Abundant Marinelife

Lots of humpback whale sightings during the crossing but none at the islands so we didn't get any underwater encounters. Overall, the marine life was abundant. Huge clouds of fish and all the classic species we have come to expect in this world class destination.

 

Great fish life at Socorro.

 

Redlined triggerfish at Socorro.

 

Yellowfin tuna at Roca Partida.

 

Peacock flounder at Socorro.

 

Panamic trumpet fish scubadiving at Socorro.

 

Mating electric rays at Socorro.

 

Join us on our next trip to Socorro

We have one more trip in March that has a couple of spots open. Our next scheduled trip to Socorro is in March 2020. Its a long time to wait but worth it! Join us there: 2020 Socorro Diving Adventure.

 

Scuba diving at Socorro.

 

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Snorkel with Japanese Giant Salamanders

American crocodile diving

 

 

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Socorro Diving  Report 2018

 

Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as Canadian Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver.com

 

When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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Andy is also the driving force behind the PREDATORS IN PERIL PROJECT which shines a spotlight on many endangered species of sharks and rays that are largely overlooked by mainstream conservation groups. Predators In Peril is entirely funded by Big Fish Expeditions.

 

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