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Socorro Aggressor Captains Log
31st January 2019 – 7th February 2019
*Air Temp. 80 F
*Water Temp. 73 F
* Visibility 40 to 80ft
Captain : Fernando
Engineer : Gustavo
Chef : Salvador & Antonio
Instructor : Rana, Casey and Raul
Steward : Yahana & Tomas
Deck Hand / Skiff driver : Armando, Fausto, Tomas and Miguel
Adam, Thomas, Jorge, Aaron, Peipei, Serjio, Juan Jose, Enrique & Dianna, Judith, Ana, David, Carlos, Esteban and Juan S.
Thursday – Travelling Day.
Friday –El Canyon. San Benedicto Island,
Saturday – The Boiler. San Benedicto Island
Sunday – Roca Partida
Monday – Punta Tosca. Socorro Island
Tuesday – Cabo Piers. Socorro Island
Wednesday – Travelling Day.
Thursday - Departure Day.
Thursday 31st January
This week we welcomed aboard guests from Mexico, Poseidon divers with the group leader Aaron Diaz, then guests from Switzerland, Poland and china. Everyone arrived in the marina on time and boarded the boat. After the safety briefing, we headed out for the trip over to Socorro Island, a 27 hour cruise to our first dive site. The sea conditions could not have been better, flat calm seas. The guests settled in, setup their dive gear, lunch, dinner were served and then movie time.
Friday 1st February
Most guests were up for a good hot breakfast and at 11:00 we did the “How we dive on the Socorro Aggressor” briefing. After lunch we were ready for our first dive (check out dive) of the week at El Canyon. We dropped in to 45ft of water at an underwater finger coming out from land. 10 minutes in to the dive, in came the giant mantas, two of them, they cut in and out of the divers, as we made our way down the finger towards the end. At 75ft: white tips, big Galapagos sharks were there and passing by for photo opportunities. The second dive we were lucky enough to see hammerhead sharks, as well as a big silver tip shark. Everyone went back on the boat happy and looking forward to tonights dinner and tomorrows diving.
Saturday February 2nd
We had moved in the evening to our new dive area The Boiler. This is a big underwater pinnacle just off the island where there is a Manta cleaning station. We saw mantas swooping around. One big black manta (as big as a Volkswagen beetle), white tip sharks and Galapagos sharks, but the bottle nosed dolphins stole the show. This morning there was a pod of 16 or so that spent a long-time swimming around and between divers most of the dives. After the morning dives we headed over to Socorro Island. The Mexican Navy from Socorro came on board to do their routine inspection, then as the weather was so good, we headed 75 miles NNW to Roca Partida.
Sunday February 3rd
We awoke with perfect weather at Roca Partida, which is the top of an old volcano. The top is about 110ft length by 70ft high but provides an amazing underwater pinnacle to dive around. The visibility was 100ft plus. Schooling jacks and snappers were hugging the walls of the pinnacle, White Tip Sharks were resting on top of one another on ledges on the pinnacle. In the blue, Galapagos sharks, yellow fin tuna and a school of hammerhead shark were circling, also a giant manta came past. As we got into the tender boats a humpback whale and her calf came past on the surface to visit. After Dinner we moved back to Socorro Island.
Monday February 4th
This morning we were up and ready for our first dive at 7:30am at Punta Tosca Socorro Island. A big underwater finger stretching out from NW tip of the island. Lots of lobsters out and about over the mini wall and a lot of schooling fish, moray eels and silver tip sharks, a big 12ft tiger shark came past one of the dive groups and hammerheads came in for a close look at us
Tuesday February 5th.
We moved further around Socorro Island to our new diving area, Cabo Piers, to start our day of diving. Big long fingers of rock stretching into the ocean starting at 40ft, Hammerhead sharks came in for a look in-between the divers, at the end of one of the fingers in 80ft of water a big school of hammerheads were cruising past slowly. Dolphins came in to play with the divers for 20minuits, one had a piece of plastic I was trying to take off of him. He kept playing with it and would not give it up till the end. The other two dolphins were twirling with divers underwater like they were dancing. We started to head back to port after the days diving was done.
Wednesday February 6th
We awoke to ocean all around us today. Overnight was spent traveling the seas; they were not too bad as the Socorro Aggressor cut through the seas, the guests relaxed around the boat watching videos checking their photos for the week, the chef made food most of the day for the guest to snack on.
Thursday 7th February
We arrived Back to the marina early in the morning and after lunch it was time to say goodbye to all the guests as they went off to their hotels or airport.
Happy Birthday to Aaron who celebrated his birthday on board this week.
Thanks to all the Guests for a great week.
James Wilford and all the Socorro Aggressor Crew.