We’re back from those jaw dropping, tiny Mexican islands known as the Revillagigedo Archipelago – and boy did they not disappoint! Ten days at sea visiting Isla Socorro, Isla San Benedicto, and Roca Partida for our special Citizen Science Manta Research expedition with the remarkable Dr. Robert Rubin, director of the Pacific Manta Research Group.
What is a Citizen Science expedition?
Citizen Science trips are a bit different than your normal dive trip. For starters, we have an esteemed biologist or naturalist onboard for the length of the expedition. The scientist gives presentations throughout the week teaching us about the animals, local ecosystem, conservation, and many other great subjects. But on top of that, the guests get to participate in actual marine research. We did plankton drags and looked at the insane amount of microscopic life floating around in the sea, we tagged mantas for tracking, and worked on photoidentification. It’s like getting to be a marine biologist for a week. In my opinion, they are the best type of dive trip out there. I’ve logged over 5000 dives in my career and I still feel like I always walk away from these trips having experienced & learned so much more.