Revillagigedos Islands 2006 Preview

A giant manta rays (Manta birostris) and videographer at Roca Partida
I'm back from an 8-day trip with Norb to the Revillagigedos Islands (usually called the "Socorro Islands" by dive trip organizers) aboard the M/V Solmar V, and it was one of the best trips I've ever taken. El Boiler at San Benedicto may be the only place left in the world where you chuck a bunch of divers into the water to attract giant manta rays, which come to the rocks to play in our bubbles and to be cleaned by Clarion angelfish. Actually, I only ever saw the Clarions cleaning the remoras attached to the mantas (they're disgusting and are covered with parasites), but people say that they clean the mantas themselves as well.

I've posted a few images (unprocessed thumbnails pulled from RAW files) for now, but will surely have a trip journal up within a few months. I'm sort of backlogged. :)