Monday, October 22, 2012

Giants of Socorro - Close Encounters of the Solmar V Kind

This film was featured at the San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition on Oct. 5, 2012. I'm very honored that my film was chosen for the 13th Annual SDUFEX festival, one of the most prestigious underwater film festivals worldwide. It is best viewed in HD.

The Solmar V has taken divers to the Socorro islands for 20 years, 1992-2012. The Socorro Islands are a very special, remote oasis and refuge for Giant Pacific Manta Rays, and the best location in the world to experience and photograph these gentle giants. This film shows amazing close and personal encounters, the friendly, social nature of these animals, and the intentional and intimate interaction between diver and manta, initiated by the mantas themselves. Diving with these large, graceful creatures is one of life's greatest wildlife encounters, and should be on every diver's bucket list.
The Socorro Islands is a special place where mantas can still congregate without threat of illegal fishing and finning, thanks to a Mexican military presence, divers and live-a-boards that patrol these waters.

Special feature: Tiger shark footage at Cabo Pearce, depth about 90'. I'd set up my camera in anticipation to capture anything big coming out from the blue. Only seconds after I'd turned it on, this massive body passed by my lens, I couldn't believe my eyes, we had just been checked out by a tiger shark. So lucky this brief and rare encounter was caught on camera.

The music in this video is royalty free. The footage was filmed with Canon Vixia HF S20 in Ikelite housing with two Sola 1200 lights.

CYA Later Taters!
Thanks for watching.

Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man