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pen ink well goldA note from Dom  ... Focus on Whales

The sheer immensity of these animals creates a palpitating heartbeat.   Their intriguing behavior patterns, the eerie sound of their singing, the outrageous photo ops   ...  & the fact that most of the trips are for divers & non-divers alike  ...  translated to aquatic opportunities not to be missed !

Spring Humpbacks at Socorro

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Witness migrating Humpbacks while diving with the Giant Mantas
January - April

Just after every New Year, Humpback Whales arrive in the Socorro Islands in an annual migration from the cooler waters of Alaska and Canada.   Hundreds of them!  Their migration is an epic journey through open ocean and thousands of miles, and yet each year they find the small islands of the Revillagigedos Archipelago (Socorro). 

You can see the magnificent Humpbacks during your dives at Socorro from January through March.   This is not a dedicated swim with the whales program ... but as the waters at this time of year are filled with migrating whales, the likelihood of meeting one or more while you're in the water is very strong.

See our liveaboard availability list for available dates

Morning coffee and humpack whales

Socorro is the most likely place in the world to encounter humpbacks while you're scuba diving!

The excellent vessels in the waters around Socorro - Solmar V, Nautilus Explorer, Nautilus Belle Amie, Rocio del Mar, Valentina, Southern Sport and Sea Escape - provide plenty opportunities for diving encounters with humpbacks at this time of year.

Many of the whales have known the Solmar V since birth, as they've been exploring the Socorro Islands for 15 years and the vessel has been a constant companion during winter months for many of the whales.

The crew says it's not uncommon for the whales to stop by to say hello during morning coffee!

Comical antics & plaintive songs

Regardless of which vessel you dive with, you will most likely have the opportunity to observe fascinating courting behavior.

Up to fifteen different males will surround a single female, and pose for her!  Upside down, sideways, and even at the surface.

The plaintive song of the humpback whale is heard on nearly every dive in Socorro during February and March. The song is complex, and once heard, never forgotten. The whales change the song each year for reasons yet to be established by the scientific community.

Topside encounters are common, and the tender drivers are used to slowly approaching a group of whales so as not to disturb them.

Giant mantas & mighty humpbacks

One minute you're diving with sharks and mantas .... then suddenly you're just a few feet away from some of the largest animals on earth.   All on their terms, their conditions.  What could be more spectacular?

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Consider one of our Photo Expeditions ....
special trips with professional photographers to help and guide you to improve your photo quality ....

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