Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dive Report - March 23rd, 2015

Date:  March 23th 2015
Location: Cabo San Lucas
Dive Sites:  East Chileno & Pelican Rock

Depth Range:  30-60 feet
Visibility:  40-60 feet
Temperature:  72 degrees
Current:  Mild
Waves:  Mild
Wind:  Mild

This morning's tour was a private charter.  The group consisted of both snorkelers and divers.   Dael guided the snorkelers and Casey guided the diver. During our trip out to Chileno Bay we encountered a mother whale and her calf.  They played near the boat for several minutes before we continued to our first dive site.

Chileno Bay has a rocky reef that extends approximately a quarter mile off shore.  Near the shore and close to the reef are excellent areas for snorkeling.  The divers entered the water near shore and worked their way along the reef into deeper water.  We saw mixed groups of parrot fish, surgeon fish, trigger fish, trumpet fish, and puffers.  The highlight of the dive was an encounter with a green sea turtle.  The young turtle spent more than 10 minutes with the divers.

During the surface interval the group caught some sun on the beach and had fresh fish ceviche and mixed fruit lunch. Afterwards we made way for the Bay of San Lucas.  During the transit we made detours for whale watching and spotted several more groups of grey whales. Which have been seen in higher concentrations this season than usual!

Once back at Pelican Rock we made our second immersion.  The water was turquoise and very clear. We had at least 60 feet of visibility.  There was a tremendous amount of tropical fish schooling around the pinnacle.  At the base of Pelican Rock we encountered one of our resident white tip sharks cruising the top of the wall.  In 35 feet of water we found a yellow sea horse tucked into one of the coral formations. In the picture below, the picture is more to show the spot where this one sea horse has picked to hang out around than of the horse itself, which is nestled in/around the center of the picture. The purple fish surrounding are Sargent Majors. Normally they are blue, yellow an black striped, but once they have mated and the females have lain their eggs the males take on a purple hue and get very defensive of the nest. This makes the spot where the sea horse has been hanging out for a month now a good safe spot for protection!

After the charter returned to the marina Dael escorted the group back to the dive shop.  Casey stayed on the boat for a third dive with one of his students.  This was the primary skill dive of the entry level technical diving course.  They worked on valve drills, gas sharing, consumption exercises, no visibility drills, gas switches, as well as a variety of other skills.  The depth was between 30 and 40 feet for almost 2 hours.

Until next time! Eat! Sleep! DIVE!

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