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what´s so cool about Tortugas

what´s so cool about Tortugas

You reach the site, excited at the prospect of seeing your first sea turtle. After all the site is named after them!  You have been briefed that Tortugas is a gradually sloping bottom with no wall, and as you descend to see corals and sponges that appear to stretch unendingly in every direction across the […]

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What´s so cool about…The Bull Shark Dive?

What´s so cool about…The Bull Shark Dive?

You have a small knot of nervous anticipation in your stomach. You have been briefed that there is an element of danger in this dive that does not exist on all dives. Bull Sharks are one of the sharks attributed to shark attacks around the world. You have been assured that these attacks have never […]

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Fish Spot: Greater Soapfish

Fish Spot: Greater Soapfish

Common Name: Greater Soapfish   Scientific Name: Rypticus Saponaceus   Where to spot them here: Curiously this fish lies motionless on its side, resembling a dead fish, in caves and holes on Sabalos, Barracuda, Moc Che and Chunzumbul. How to identify them: A solitary species inhabiting shallow water on bottoms with eroded limestone or mixed sand and […]

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Fish Spot: Brown Garden Eels

Fish Spot: Brown Garden Eels

Common Name: Brown Garden Eel   Scientific Name: Heteroconger Longissimus Where to Spot them here: The sandy patches to the side of all the shallow reefs. There’s a large colony to the right the north buoy lines of Moc Che.   How to identify them: Brown garden eels are narrow and can be up to 50cm […]

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Miercoles Megafauna: Bull Shark

Miercoles Megafauna: Bull Shark

Common Name: Bull shark   Latin Name: Carcharhinus leucas   Where you can see them here:  In Bull Shark season here in Playa (Usually November thru February) the site for the Shark Dive is Jardines Deep(or Tiberon Flats). They cruise around at 20 metres deep in a large group feeding and breeding, only 5 minutes […]

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Fish Spot: Lionfish

Fish Spot: Lionfish

Common Name: Lion fish Scientific Name: Pterois Antennata   Where to spot them here: The lion fish was not a fish originally found in the caribbean.  It is unclear how they have been able to established themselves but one theory is that aquarium released specimens has started to propagate in the warm waters. They are aggressive […]

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Fish Spot: The Porcupine fish

Fish Spot: The Porcupine fish

Common Name: Porcupine fish Scientific Name: Diodon Hystrix Where to spot them here: We see this fish between 5-65 feet, so Chunzumbul, Sabalos or Tortugas are all good sites! They can be seen either in the sand, on top of the reef or in midwater. How to identify them: A rectangular shaped fish, they are […]

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Fish Spot: Hogfish

Fish Spot: Hogfish

Common Name: Hogfish Scientific Name: Lachnolaimus Maximus   Where to spot them here:  Usually found on day and night dives at Moc che, Jardines and the other shallow sites. Spot them changing color to quickly camouflage when they swim from reef to sandy bottom. How to identify them: The hogfish gets its unusual name from its […]

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Fish Spot: Yellowtail Damselfish

Fish Spot: Yellowtail Damselfish

Common Name: Yellowtail Damselfish   Scientific Name: Microspathodon Chrysurus Where to Spot them here: These are much more common to the shallower sites where they breed but they have been seen deeper on Moc Che Deep and The Green Wall. Juveniles can be seen on Chunzumbul darting in and out of the  Lettuce Coral. How to identify […]

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Miercoles Megafauna: Yellow Stingray

Miercoles Megafauna: Yellow Stingray

Common Name: Yellow stingray Latin Name: Urolophus Jamaicenis   Where you can see them here:  The shallow sites are the best places to spots these smaller rays. They can be regularly spotted on top of Jardines or hiding in the sand under rocks on our other shallow sites. How to identify them: It is a small […]