Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cabo San Lucas, August 2010 - Part 2

Divers under the dive boat with a sandy bottom at Pelican Rock, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Divers under the dive boat with a sandy bottom at Pelican Rock, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

* Local dive sites - Neptune's Finger

During our surface interval after diving Pelican Rock, we motored around to the Pacific side to see the sea lion colony, Lover's Beach and Divorce Beach. We decided that conditions weren't getting any better and headed to Neptune's Finger for the second dive.

Bullseye stingray (Urolophus maculatus) next to a reef with divers in the background.
Bullseye stingray (Urolophus maculatus) next to a reef with divers in the background

Neptune's Finger is another pinnacle, in the sheltered bay side. Again, we swam around the pinnacle, down into the canyon to about 80 ft and back up the other side. Near the end of the dive, conditions became rough with a large swell passing through. The large surge pushed us down into the canyon and back up again. The sand kicked up, bringing visibility down dramatically.

Pelican Rock looms above the coral reef with small fish in the background.
Pelican Rock looms above the coral reef with small fish in the background

For a little while, we lost our dive guide on the other side of the pinnacle. Our group stayed together and I helped make sure the less experienced divers didn't panic. We returned to the dive boat a little weary from fighting the surge.

Porcupine puffer fish (Diodon hystrix)
Porcupine puffer fish (Diodon hystrix)