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We arrived at San Benedicto after some dives in Socorro of a relative
interest. San Benedicto is a very small island, about 50 metres of
length, 15m of width, and 10m of height at most.
It is a peak which rises from the bottom of the ocean, no doubt
the rests of a former volcano having succumbed for a long time to the
assaults of the Pacific Ocean.
As most of the sites of this type
in the Pacific do, it allows the presence of a fixed fauna, such
as butterflies, in other words a cleaning station for the
hammerheads among others.
Revillagigedo has been for a long time, according to the
testimonies that I was able to gather, a place almost as exciting and
rich as Cocos or Galapagos.
Regrettably, the site was plundered
by fishermens, and it especially since the Mexican government was
totally deaf for a long time to the large-scale shark finning, taking
place in the archipelago.
Even if there is a monitoring station on Socorro, as well as a landing
runway, San Benedicto is too far away so that they can intervene,
supposing that they wish it.
What we were able to see is nothing but the shadows of what it used to
be, and what a pitty, according to what we’ve seen
this film, we can see different kind of sharks : White Tips, Galapagos,
Silver Tips, and for just a few seconds, Hammerheads sharks. It's also
possible to see Silkys.
On both island's end, the sea was rough
underneath, and we had very strict instructions, never to lost the reef
from sight. After all, the nearest land is only 500 km away, so quite a
I'm personnely a big fan, of the Silver Tip. It's a big shark, very
elegant, with the whites spots on all the fins...