The Boiler is the hotspot at the Socorros for diving with the biggest Manta Ray species in the world, the Manta Birostris. During our dives we also encountered a more rare color variant, a beautiful melanistic manta ray.
As of this week my new article has been published in the Dutch Duiken Magazine. I am especially happy with the inclusion of relevant information on the illegal use of Fish Aggregation Devices in the Costa Rican waters. This is a serious issue which affects a myriad of wildlife in the ocean.
While we continued our stay in Magdalena Bay it seemed the gray whale season was in full swing already. We could see the whales breach in the opening of the bay every day. Different whales were resting at the surface and soon we cruised slowly into the bay in search of some cooperative whales..
I am happy to announce that I was one of the 10 finalists in this years Save Our Seas Photography Grant competition. Awesome too see some recognition for the photography I so much love to create. In the end I was disappointed not to reach the final two photographers who would get the opportunity to compete for winning this competition. Both of them would get a 3 week assignment to document a Project funded by Save Our Seas. Both of them would be able to present their work on some events as well.
During and after the whaleshark adventure windspeeds increased, making other trips on the Sea of Cortez impossible. Quickly we packed our bags to do the only wise thing: drive to the Pacific side of the peninsula in search of more favorable conditions. Within a day we drove to the fishing town of Puerto San Carlos; the step off to tours into Magdalena Bay.
We made the journey from Costa Rica via Mexico City to la Paz in a day. On the peninsula of Baja California the second part of our trip would start. Ahead of us: gray whales, sea lions, mobula rays, dolphins and so on and so on. But first: the biggest fish in our seas: the whaleshark.
Arrived in Cahuita we had a strawl through town to check out what was happening. Not much was happening in Cahuita.. As a matter of fact it was what I expected to find on the Caribbean side. Life goes around slowly here. We found out that the Cahuita National Park is free to visit although a non-compulsory donation is much appreciated. The next day we wandered into the coastal park to look for sloths.
It took a while before it was finally published, but the article in the March edition of Duiken Magazine came out recently. Our trip to Ireland ended in May last year, however our experiences still remain vivid in our memories.
While doing some research on dolphins to write an article for Duiken Magazine I learned that Dusty is not the only friendly dolphin out there. Famous dolphins like Dusty, Fungie and Duggie have been known to interact with humans for extended periods of time. Although all of these examples occured in Irish waters, many more examples are documented inside and outside British waters.