Nautilus Captains Log
Captain Gordon’s Noon Report. Socorro Island, Mexico. June 26, 2012.

Had a nice overnight transit to Roca Partida last night, arriving 0700. Wx this morning not as nice as was forecast, had 10-15 kts from the north all morning and associated wave height on top of the swell around. Sky has cleared mid morning and a nice sunny day now. First dive we had a small whaleshark for the whole dive, some dolphins, lots of sharks. One diver reported seeing the big school of 100+ silkie sharks. Second dive just as good minus the whaleshark. Everyone is very happy and all is well onboard.

Saw a tuna boat near San Benedicto yesterday. I didn’t get a close enough look at it other than to make out that it was a tuna boat, I’ll report it to navy when we get to Socorro Island. Also saw some lights last night which may have been a fishing boat, around 15 miles north of the rock. We’ll get you full details to pass on to authorities in Mexico City to help them take action.

Captain Gordon

Captain Gordon’s Noon Report. Socorro Island, Mexico. June 19, 2012.

Our third and final day at Roca Partida. Wind is up a bit more, 12 gusting 15 at times from the north so a little more chop from that. Still around 5-8’ long swell from the NW but a little shorter from the wind. Sky overcast today.

Finished two dives so far, diving is still awesome. Teeming with sharks down there. Loads of big yellow fin tuna all over the place. Really really good diving. Planning on departing tonight around 2200 for overnight run to Socorro.

Everything OK onboard.


Captain Gordon

Captain Gordon’s Noon Report. Socorro Island, Mexico. June 14, 2012.

Had an easy overnight transit from Socorro last night, arrived Roca Partida 0700 this morning. Seas a little bigger than I was expecting, around 5-8’ at 12 sec from the WNW with 5-10 kts from the NW this morning.

Just finished second dive of the day. Lots and lots of sharks, big school of silky/Galagapos/silver-tips all kinda mixed together. Maybe a hundred sharks.

I could actually see them schooling from the surface on the zodiac for most of the time. Also had a giant manta around on dive 2 for most of the divers. Lots of action here right now.

Had a chopper from a tuna boat buzz overhead but haven’t seen the boat around yet.

Sky is clear and all fine onboard. 


Captain Gordon

Captains Al’s Noon Report. Socorro, Mexico. June 4th, 2012.

Well one good dive can sure change the mood, but that’s what they come here for. First dive at the Canyon, San Benedicto Island. No giant mantas, anticipation, no joy. Second dive anticipation and Mantas everywhere, jumped in with one of the guests who was having problems and saw five mantas at the same time hovering around the cleaning station and circling the divers, great dive, wi. Vis today here was easy 100’/30 metres water temp at depth 73 as warm as 76 at the surface. Really chilly for this time of year.  We have WNW wind 10-15 with 2’wind chop on a 3-5’ westerly swell. 

All else is good.

Captain Al

Captain Gordon’s Noon Report. Socorro Island, Mexico.

Arrived at Clarion Island 0600 this morning. Transit over was pretty good most of the way. Seas did increase around 0400 with wind picking up as well to around 15 kts NNE and gusting. Swell seemed to be up around 10 ft this morning but period was long enough that it didn’t affect our ride much. The wind chop was the biggest culprit, but all things considered it was pretty nice.

Had our inspection around 0800 this morning and all went fine, then moved over to the SE corner of the island. I haven’t dove here before but did dive just around the corner on the NE corner last year which was really good. Today we are diving at Roca Pyramide. We anchored just to the North of the rock. The water is beautiful, 80-100 ft of viz. The dive was really good. A lot of dolphins around the divers for almost the entire dive. One big Tiger shark spotted by half a dozen people, and a small silky shark.

Wind is up right now a steady 15 kts easily from the NNE so this is as far north as we can go before we start getting the big seas. We are fully sheltered from the big WNW swell here. Had a good heavy rain shower for around 10 minutes as well during the dive.

All good so far. Hoping for a chance to find that seamount on the northwest side of the island tomorrow but we’ll see what happens with this weather.

Captain Gordon

We’ve never seen big galapagos or dusky sharks there like that. Really unafraid of the divers. Captain Gordon’s Summary Report. Socorro, 2012. Mexico.

Weather today is beautiful, a very long 5-7’ swell from the NW with a light breeze from the north and clear skies.

We’re all by ourselves today as the Sea Escape just did one day then headed back to San Ben last night. Dive 1 was slow, viz was down and pretty quiet on the rock. Dive 2 was better, viz improved a bit and a loose school of 12-15 galapagos sharks and some silver tips plus some yellow fin tuna around. A sportfishing boat here today as well, trolling about half mile off the rock, back and forth.

We may end up doing two days here and finish with the last day at San Benedicto. The Canyon was great yesterday, we’ve never seen big galapagos and duskies there like that, really unafraid of the divers just circling for the whole time, really close.

Surprisingly few whales around. Saw a couple groups this morning a littleways off, nothing for the last couple of hours. Unreal compared to how it normally is from January onwards. Hmmm. Lots’ of sharks. Not many whales. Socorro is a changing.


Captain Al’s Noon Report. February 2012. Socorro

Diving is done for the trip, guests are enjoying a very fine meal and the talk is all happy. Christine from Denmark told me he came with very high expectations and we surpassed them all. As he said the problem at the start is like it was some other trip as this trip has been so fantastic.

That seems to be the general mood around the tables, there may be one or two who are not happy but think not. We did have one note on a down side today one of our tech equipment types lost his computer as he was wrestling himself out of his gear on the third dive and broke the strap trying to pull his arm through the web harness. He was mad at first but I think he has settled into the realization it was his problem. Other than that life is good. 

Captain Al

"It’s a wrap at Roca Partida." Jan 2012, Mexico.

It’s a wrap at Roca Partida. Great two days of diving and we even dodged a bullet. Just as we were hauling the boats and getting ready to get underway, a mexican navy frigate steamed up to the rock. Made radio contact with them through Joel. It took some time, as at first they wanted to come on board and inspect us. But the Captain remembered us from seeing us many times in the area and they told us we were free to proceed. The Rocio del Mar was not so fortunate. They became the center of attention after we were let off the hook. Next time I see them will ask how long they had to have the company of the mexican navy.

Everything probably could not have been better for diving out here. Sun today, etc wind laid down for most of the day to less than 10 swell was only issue with NE and NW combining once in a while to make loading and unloading a bit of a challenge. Expect to arrive at the Canyon at San benedicto for 0200. Plan is to stay there for the two morning dives and move to boiler. May not move if the canyon is hot or if the conditions are getting bad on the boiler. Guests and crew are writing some blogs tonight and will send those in the morning.

Captain Al

Noon Report Trip 391 jan 22, 2012. Socorro Island, Mexico.

Hi Everyone,

Wind is staying down less than 10 NNE and swell is 3-5 predominant NW with a smaller NE. Humpbacks came by for a few breaches and even came close enough, I thought our divers might see it as it was that close to the rockpile. Alas no such luck. Great dives though, the sun has come up and the seascape underwater has been incredible. No dolphins thus far today but it not over, till its over. Been working with the Rocio del Mar and he has been diving 30-40 minutes ahead of our schedule so no problems thus far. All is good on board, no new deficiencies or problems to report.

Captain Al

Morning Report Jan 2012. Socorro Island, Mexico.

Guest boarding went well this morning, we were through the breakwater by 0930. Got a little bumpy for the first part of the ride with a very short 6-8’ swell from the West. Wind was light at 5 kts from the east. Swell has since lengthened and is coming from the WNW now, wind is now around 10 kts from the NW. Ride is fairly comfortable, partly cloudy skies.

Power is 1400 and eta for San Benedicto 1000.

All ok onboard.