Archive for the ‘Marine Life’ Category


Whale Shark in El Hierro

July 8, 2009

The Whale Shark has arrived in Mar de las Calmas in La Restinga and hopefully will be with us for the next while!!

This morning, while moored at the Punta Lajial Buoy, another Dive Centre, that had been diving near by,  shouted to us…

“We’ve just been diving with a Whale Shark!”

We quickly set off in search, but as luck would have it, by the time we arrived it was gone.   As many divers know with the Whale Shark when you go searching for them, you rarely find.  It’s usually when you least expect it that this beautiful creature appears!

The Whale Shark was approximately 6m long and was very close to the dive buoy and the surface.  For sure it was an unforgettable experience for those who got kitted up extra quick and had the luck to dive face to face with the largest fish in the sea.

But what’s great is that it’s here now and with a little luck we too will have the opportunity to play a leading part in the one of the many surprises that our underwater world has to offer….


Mantas, Pilot Whales and Hammerheads

June 30, 2009

These past two weeks the water has reached 23 degrees. Considering that the water temperature usually reaches a max of 25 degrees around El Hierro, this year may be one of the warmest in recent years as the temperature continues to climb until September.

We have had more reports of Mantas spotted on dives and also we recieved news from a local fisherman that he saw a Hammerhead shark swimming on the surface close to shore. Nobody has had the luck to spot one diving yet this recent sighting sounds promising.

To top it off last Sunday a number of Dive Centres here in La Restinga saw a family of Pilot Whales swiming just outside Reserve of Mar de las Calmas. Some friends at one centre even managed to jump into the water and get close enough to take some photos of these beautiful creatures. What an experience!


One Manta doesn’t make a Summer…but three do!

May 18, 2009

Dos Mantas en El Desierto

Dos Mantas en El Desierto

We spotted 2 more Mantas today at El Desierto. Just a fleeting glimpse this time, but it seems like the Mantas have arrived for the Summer!


First Manta of 2009 spotted at La Herradura

May 12, 2009

We spotted a manta ray today at La Herradura.  20 mins into the dive the Manta birostris appeared.  Aproximatly 2.5m wide it swam amongst the group for over 20mins before dissapearing into the blue.

Mantas are regularly seen in El Hierro usually from May to September.  For more info on Mantas check out