The Sea of Cortez Diving
Rich, diverse waters with healthy reef life can be found when diving in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. The area is best known for sea lions interactions.
The Sea of Cortez is a UNESCO world heritage site. The sea is a nutrient rich area of the ocean that has many endemic species. There is a large and impressive list of resident species and predictable marine life that can be found here.
The sea lions are the most famous sightings here, but there are many other marine species that can be seen. These can include; pilot whales, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, mobula rays, dolphins and turtles are also found along with almost 900 species of fish life. Some unusual species of macro life can also be found on the healthy reefs in this area of diving in Mexico.
The Sea of Cortez is on the Baja California and is very close to San Diego and the also the departure point to the fabulous Socorro Islands.
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Located on Angel Island this site is in the north of the Sea of Cortez and is one of the best sites scuba diving in Mexico to see the playful sea lions which will swim around you during the dive. The site that descends to 30m also offers some macro life, here there are many colourful nudibranchs some indigenous to the area.
Also look out for the schooling mobula rays here that are sometimes seen breaching the water and gliding gracefully.
In Punta Martir this site is a wall dive that reaches up to 40m in depth, sea lions are here to play with the divers especially in August and September when the juveniles make their appearance.
Many types of moray eels can be found while diving this site both resign and free swimming. Other marine life to look out for are the seahorses, blennies, octopus and even schools of krill that may bring in a whale hunting.
On Las Animas and named after the church bell that rings to invite the lost souls of the area to the church. Underwater is known as a washing machine of lost souls, this is due to the vast swarms of jackfish swirling around the divers. It is known that hammerhead sharks and tuna can be seen in the blue water of this pinnacle dive. On the walls of the reef and within the crevices and caverns look for jawfish, seahorses and horn sharks.
Los Islotes is a small island surrounded by the marine park where up to 500 sea lions reside and interact with the divers underwater. The reef is hard coral and rocky with some soft coral coverage. Snappers, groupers, and barracuda often school here and it is possible to see mobula rays. Other marine life includes bumphead parrotfish, hogfish, wrasses and triggerfish.
This is a shark diving site with schooling hammerheads found here from September to November each year, with up to 500 seen at a time. This seamount is thought to be a cleaning station for these amazing creatures where occasional sightings of whale sharks and manta rays can also happen. Other marine life includes green morays, octopus, jacks and tuna.
Marine Park and Conservation in The Sea of Cortez
The Sea of Cortez was included in a designated UNESCO world heritage site in 2005. The area covers 244 islands and coastal area of 160,000 km2.
This designation provided the first international protection for the marine areas that surround Mexico’s existing Gulf of California Islands National Park.