Socorro Islands (Revillagigedo Archipelago)

June 30, 2022:

Socorro Islands Finale:

For the final post from my January 2022 Socorro Islands cruise, I’d like to share several topside images from our last two days at San Benedicto Island, January 27th and 28th:

Three photos of mother and calf Humpback Whales breaching; Humpback Whale “pec slapping”; Humpback Whale Fluke; San Benedicto Island sunrise; San Benedicto Island wave; and two shots of San Benedicto Island.


Stay safe, and have a great day!

June 29, 2022:

Socorro Island Topside:

We spent our third dive day, January 26, 2022, in the Revillagigedo Archipelago at Socorro Island.

Here are a few topside images from that day:

Two photos of Socorro Island; Cabo Pierce, (where we dove); and Socorro Island sunrise.


Stay safe, and have a great day!

June 28, 2022:

Roca Partida Topside:

Roca Partida (“Split Rock”), part of the Socorro Islands (Revillagigedo Archipelago), is a small barren islet, which is actually the tip of a large seamount.

Its shape reminds me of a rabbit!

Thanks to the plentiful guano produced by its many visiting/resident birds, Roca Partida appears to be covered with snow or confectioners sugar!

Today, I’d like to share several images from our January 25, 2022 visit to this remote islet:

Four photos of Roca Partida, progressing from early morning to dusk; Great Frigatebirds; Great Frigatebirds & Masked Boobies; and Great Frigatebird and Brown Booby.


Stay safe, and have a great day!

June 27, 2022:

Socorro Islands Topside:

I plan to devote the next few posts to topside images from my January 2022 cruise through the Socorro Islands.

Today, I’d like to share several images from January 24, 2022, our first day at San Benedicto Island:

Two photos of San Benedicto Island; five shots of Brown Boobies; Great Frigatebird; Great Egret; and a Red-billed Tropicbird.


Stay safe, and have a great day!

June 26, 2022:

Oops! My bad!

For our fifth, and final, day of diving, we remained at San Benedicto Island.

We dove El Canyon first, followed by two dives at The Boiler, and a final dive at El Canyon.

Upon reviewing my images from these dives, I quickly noticed that, unfortunately, only the shots from the initial dive at El Canyon were in focus!

Somehow, I must have inadvertantly switched my camera from autofocus to manual focus mode.

I didn’t notice it at the time, perhaps due to fatigue, and paid the stiff price of out of focus images for the final three dives of the trip!


I am reminded, once again, that successful underwater photography requires precise attention to detail before and during every dive!

In any case, today I’d like to share a few images from the first dive at El Canyon, when my camera settings were still correct:

Galapagos Shark and schooling Barberfish; Galapagos Shark being cleaned by Barberfish; Galapagos Shark; and Schooling Burrito Grunts.


Stay safe, and have a great day!

June 25, 2022:

More From El Canyon:

Near the end of our third dive at El Canyon, I got the feeling that something I was being watched.

I turned around, and discovered that a massive melanistic Oceanic Manta Ray had pulled up right behind me!

What a thrill!

Today, I’d like to share an image of this Manta, along with a few other favorite photos from this dive:

Melanistic Oceanic Manta Ray; two shots of Redtail Filefish, (the second with Divemaster Juan); Galapagos Shark; Schooling Barberfish; and a Flag Cabrilla.


Stay safe, and have a great day!

June 24, 2022:

Back To San Benedicto Island:

For our fourth diving day in the Revillagigedo Archipelago, we returned to San Benedicto Island.

El Canyon was the site chosen for our three dives.

It features a cleaning station, located at a depth of 80-90 feet, manned by Barberfish, Clarion Angelfish, and Wrasses.

The cleaning station is frequented by sharks, particularly Silvertip and Galapagos Sharks!

Oceanic Manta Rays also occasionally drop by for some grooming!

Today, I’d like to share several of my favorite images from our first two dives of the day at El Canyon:

Three photos of Galapagos Sharks; Redtail Triggerfish (Male); Schooling Barberfish; Clarion Angelfish; and two shots of Silvertip Sharks.


Stay safe, and have a great day!

June 23, 2022:

More From The Socorro Islands:

Today, I’d like to resume posting images from my January 2022 trip to Mexico.

This set of photos is from my 2nd and 3rd dives on January 26, 2022, at Cabo Pierce, located on the east side of Socorro Island:

Three shots of Bottlenose Dolphins; Bluefin Trevally; Panamic Green Moray Eel; Chinese Trumpetfish (Golden Variation); Bicolor Parrotfish (Terminal Phase); and three images of Oceanic Manta Rays.


Stay safe, and have a great day!

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