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.
One of the main highlights of our trip through Central America was our (first ever) live-aboard trip with the Nautilus Explorer to the Socorros. The week long trip aboard this ship to this remote archipelago was wicked. The Socorros are known for the encounters with big pelagics like sharks, manta's and even whales. The trip proved to be nothing short of spectacular with the highlight being diving with the biggest manta species in the world; the Manta Birostris.
After our great trip to Magdalena Bay we backtracked to La Paz. The rough weather had calmed down and the sun was shining. Soon we set out on our trip to Isla Espiritu Santo. The island is commonly visited by tourists who come to enjoy the beaches, the scenery of the island and the sealions of los Islotes. We however were interested in all of the above mentioned things, but were hunting for the jumping Mobulas as well..
I am happy to share that I am nominated as one of the 25 finalist in the Frans Lanting Award 2014. The theme of the competition is "Where the land meets the sea". My picture of the Californian "posing" sealion was nominated by the jury and the announcement was done live in the RTL4 Late Night Show last Wednesday.
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.