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Jun12

The surprising Sea of Cortez

By Franco Banfi, Monday June 12, 2017
Scuba diver and school of Munk's devil ray, (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean. Taken on an EOS 5DS with an EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens inside a Seacam underwater housing; the exposure was 1/100sec at f/11, ISO 320. Lit by two Seaflash 150 underwater strobes.

Scuba diver and school of Munk's devil ray, (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean. Taken on an EOS 5DS with an EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens inside a Seacam underwater housing; the exposure was 1/100sec at f/11, ISO 320. Lit by two Seaflash 150 underwater strobes. © Franco Banfi

The look of the Baja California Sur can appear treacherous with its cactus, desert, rocks and beaches but the underwater side of the coin is awesome. We came here with the spirit of the traveller, with curiosity, in search of the surprising underwater nature of the Sea of Cortez and we fell insanely in love with this charming destination.

The Sea of Cortez deserves more love; it's intriguing! Basically, it is an almost primordial soup which feeds a perfect marine food chain and a great variety of marine birds (among them beautiful pelicans and gulls). It holds the record of the richest sea in the world, full of fish species in spite of Japanese and Korean trawlers who are still ravaging the most precious varieties.

Although the dive spots seem to be a natural extension of the land environment (an endless bare area: rocks, canyons worn away by marine currents, granite blocks emerging from the sandy depths; all of this in a monotonous beige/grey-green colour) you will be surprised by the quantity and variety of fish thriving everywhere. Divers who are looking for coral gardens, gorgonians and soft-corals, would do better off going for the polychromy of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. Diving in the Sea of Cortez is extraordinary and gives great satisfaction to those looking for an abundance of fish without the common view of the many boats distinctive of the Red Sea, the Maldives or Indonesia.

Located in the Bay of La Paz, the islands of the Espiritu Santo archipelago and the surrounding waters provide a habitat for algae, fish, marine mammals, birds and invertebrates including some at-risk species and 38 species of plants and animals that are not found anywhere else in the world. Nearly 49,000 hectares of the surrounding sea have been declared a marine reserve because of their great biological importance. One of the more peculiar attractions is a huge sea lion colony. These cute and super-curious marine mammals, mostly the cubs and the juveniles, just want to play and find something, or someone, with whom to spend their time. The interaction between the sea lions and scuba and free-divers is simply incredible.

There is another attraction that happens at night. Schooling of mobula rays are attracted by the great concentration of plankton and you can literally swim between these animals without their behaviour being altered by our presence. You are completely surrounded and sometimes also involuntarily hit by the rays who frantically eat plankton. A truly unique experience!

California sea lion, (Zalophus californianus), playing with a sea star, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean. Taken on an EOS 5DS with EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens inside a Seacam underwater housing; the exposure was 1/200sec at f/10, ISO 320. Lit by two Seaflash 150 underwater strobes.

California sea lion, (Zalophus californianus), playing with a sea star, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean. Taken on an EOS 5DS with EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens inside a Seacam underwater housing; the exposure was 1/200sec at f/10, ISO 320. Lit by two Seaflash 150 underwater strobes.
© Franco Banfi

School of Munk's devil ray, (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean. Taken on an EOS 5DS with EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens inside a Seacam underwater housing; the exposure was 1/4sec at f/11, ISO 160. Lit by two Seaflash 150 underwater strobes.

School of Munk's devil ray, (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean. Taken on an EOS 5DS with EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens inside a Seacam underwater housing; the exposure was 1/4sec at f/11, ISO 160. Lit by two Seaflash 150 underwater strobes. © Franco Banfi