2017-02-18~19 Isla Clarion By Sea

Before we said goodbye to Isla Socorro, we drove the boat north along the island’s eastern flank, and visited a different beach, called Playa Blanca, a little south from where we visited yesterday. The winds had picked up this day and promised to provide some of the roughest seas of the trips so far. We anchored off … Read more

2017-02-17 Isla Socorro, A Day At The Beach

Yesterday was a big day exploring the higher elevations on Isla Socorro. To investigate as much diversity as possible, we decided to visit a beach on the opposite side of the island where the sheep never grazed. The crew found a small cove for us to explore on the northern tip of the island. We … Read more

2017-02-16 Socorro’s Cloud Forest

We left the boat early this morning and the Marines graciously offered to give us a ride in trucks part way up the mountain. When the trucks could go no further than the 2 miles the road allowed, at an elevation of 1675 feet, we hoofed it for the rest of the way. The wooded … Read more

2017-02-15 Our First Afternoon At Isla Socorro

We left Isla San Benedicto early this morning and drove the boat 32 miles south to Isla Socorro and arrived to anchor about 8:00am. Even though we had all the permits required to land on this island and do all the biological collecting, the Marines stationed on the base here had not received the paperwork … Read more