MORE FROM THE SOCORRO ISLANDS

Mother and Calf
Mother and Calf

We were very fortunate to spend all day with the humpback whale family and the dolphins while diving and snorkeling. The next day we were witness of Mother Nature, a pair of orcas attacked the baby humpback whale. This happened 20 minutes after we finished our dive, we were on the zodiac picking up the last diver on Roca Partida. We heard how the mother whale was crying and breathing nervously, it seemed like she was trying to save her calf. The orcas bit the baby whale and saw a big amount of blood flow out of his body; it was an indescribable smell like blood and oil woow so impressing.

Particularly I felt anger, adrenaline and sadness to see how the orcas took the baby whale away from her mother, dragging her away from Roca Partida, we followed them, the calf still alive raised up to breath, the orcas kept on dragging him away trying to drown him, at one moment the calf rose up to surface to breathe and that was the last breath he took because he never made it back to surface. We were able to put the cameras underwater from the zodiac and we took footage of how they started to peel the calf’s skin and started to eat him, while the orcas went up to breathe at surface the Silkies sharks bit the calf and when the orcas came back the sharks moved away, nature is cruel and wise.

Wow we were all surprised; we could not believe what happened. When we got back to the Solmar V we were all in shock, we saw videos that we took, luckily I recorded the moment when the orcas attacked the calf at surface and also when they were eating him underwater.

This is my story being aboard on the Solmar V. You can see my videos on you tube as Luis Bringas =)

AMIGOS DEL MAR SCUBA DOES SOCORRO

LUIS ONBOARD THE SOLMAR V - SOCORRO ISLAND ADVENTURE
LUIS ONBOARD THE SOLMAR V – SOCORRO
ISLAND ADVENTURE

Hola!  from Amigos Del Mar Scuba and Dive Charters.  This is Luis Bringas and I have been working for Amigos Del Mar Scuba since 2011.

On January 25, 2015, I was given the opportunity to make a training voyage to the Socorro Islands…..we Mexicans call them the Islas de  Revillagigedos.  We got on board the Solmar V and departed from Cabo San Lucas about 5:00 pm. It is about 24 hours of travel so we arrived on Monday, January 26 to San Benedicto Island.  Our first dive was the checkout dive at the caves, where we saw lobsters, whitetip sharks, and trumpet fish. After that dive was completed we headed to Cabo Pierce which is part of the Socorro Islands. On this dive we saw Pacific mantas, white tip sharks, triggerfish, grouper and seabass.  But bes of all -! we got the chance to hear whales singing.

Our first goal is the safety of our clients.  So it is important to mention that the dive guides did not take any pictures or videos when the clients were in the water. We do have a videographer on board and he takes videos of the clients while the  dive guides just focus on the safety of the divers in the water.
Later on that night we set off to Roca Partida and by the 27th at sunrise we arrived.  And we were very lucky because we had the chance to see a family of humpback whales and their baby. The baby looked to be three weeks old. We dropped the zodiac, put on our dive equipment and had our first dive with more than 30 white tip sharks, triggerfish, trumpet fish and dolphins playing nearby.  Near the end of the dive the humpback whales appeared right before us. It was so amazing to contemplate these big mammals!  But the biggest surprise was to observe how the male calf practiced his buoyancy and breathing while hovering beneath the mother whale.
On the next dive I got the opportunity to bring my Go Pro camera with me in my BCD pocket. There were more dolphins playing around us, white tip sharks and the humpback whales with their calf. This time we got to see how the calf was feeding from it’s mama and it was beyond incredible!  After my clients returned to the zodiac I headed back down and pulled out my camera and got a chance to take some videos.
I know you can’t wait to see my videos by now so go visit my YouTube site. Check me out by searching YouTube….:Luis BringasAnd don’t worry – Amigos Del Mar has asked me to continue telling my story about my trip to the Socorro on the Solmar V.  So you will be hearing from me again in the future blog.