Travel guide and directory

Mexico
English Français Deutsch Nederlands Italiano Español

Mexico > Pictures and travelogues > Diving the Revillagigedo Archipelago

Diving the Revillagigedo Archipelago (Socorro Islands), Mexico: pictures from the Galapagos shark, the silky shark and shark-coral.

Galapagos shark, Mexico
The Galapagos shark (Carcharhinus galapagensis) off the Revillagigedo Archipelago (Roca Partida) in Mexico.

The Galapagos shark is one of the biggest sharks. It is often more than 3 meters (9.8 ft) long. It is found usually around reefs in tropical shallow water. It is dangerous for humans. Its meat is of excellent quality. The species is classified as near threatened by the IUCN.

The Revillagigedo Archipelago is located in the Pacific Ocean about 380 km (235 mi) to the south of the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas. It is composed of 4 volcanic islands: San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida (a rock of only 0.3 ha) and Clarion. The highest point of the archipelago is Mount Evermann, which rises to 1,130 m above sea level on the Socorro Island.

The Revillagigedo Archipelago, commonly called Socorro from the name of the largest island of the archipelago, is a nature reserve that has just (July 2016) been inscribed on the UNESCO list of the world heritage. It is a destination which is highly appreciated by experienced divers who can observe there sharks, dolphins and manta rays (giant rays), and more. The main dive sites of the archipelago include The Canyon, Point El Fontiro and The Boiler in San Benedicto, Cabo Pearle in Socorro and Roca Partida. Due to the absence of airport, the archipelago is accessible only by cruise.

The silky shark, Mexico
The silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) off the Revillagigedo Islands (San Benedicto) in Mexico.

The silky shark is named for the smooth texture of its skin. It is usually about 2.5 meters long. It is also sometimes known as grey whaler shark or olive shark. It is one of the most abundant sharks across the world. It is found mainly in tropical oceans. Its population is however declining so that the species is classified as near threatened by the IUCN.

The whitetip reef shark, Mexico
The whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesusoff the Revillagigedo Archipelago (Roca Partida) in Mexico.

Easily recognizable, the whitetip reef shark is widely distributed in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The adult is about 2 meters long. Rather shy, it is rarely aggressive towards divers. Since it is a slow species compared to others, the whitetip reef shark prefers to hunt at night when most sea animals are asleep and easily taken. It spends much of the day resting in reef caves. The species is classified as near threatened by the IUCN.

See also pictures from sharks off Florida.


 

Links

ADC Scuba Diving Deurne
From the same author: you find here more photos, videos and the travelogue of the trip of ADC Scuba Diving Deurne to the Revillagigedo Islands and the Sea of Cortés in Mexico.

Advertise with usAdd a link - Correcting a link - Disclaimer -  Contact us
Add to favourites -  Link to us - Travel directory

Copyright © 2019 WillGoTo. Tous droits réservés.

Diving the Revillagigedo Archipelago (Socorro Islands), Mexico: pictures from the Galapagos shark, the silky shark and shark-coral. Travel guide to Mexico with nice pictures.