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Your quick and easy, Weekend Coral Class!

Your quick and easy, Weekend Coral Class!

Common Name: Stinking Vase Sponge (Okay so it’s not a coral, but indulge us just this once!) Species Name: Ircinia campana Taxonomy: Subphylum Cellularia, Class Demospongiae, Subclass Ceractinomorpha, Where can I see them? Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas, Colombia to Brazil How do I spot them: The vase sponge is a common species found in the Caribbean. They […]

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Did you know?…Caribbean Coral off the coast of Playa del Carmen SEAWHIP

Did you know?…Caribbean Coral off the coast of Playa del Carmen SEAWHIP

A gorgonian, also known as sea whip or sea fan, is found throughout the oceans of the world, especially in the tropics and subtropics.  Gorgonians are similar to the sea pen, another soft coral where individual tiny polyps form colonies that are erect, flattened, branching, and reminiscent of a fan. The colonies are whiplike and […]

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Caribbean Coral the Endangered Elkhorn Coral found off the coast of Tulum

Caribbean Coral the Endangered Elkhorn Coral found off the coast of Tulum

Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) is considered to be one of the most important reef-building corals in the Caribbean. This species of coral is structurally complex with many large branches, closely resembles that of elk antlers. These branches create habitats for many other reef species such as lobsters, parrot-fish and snappers. Thankfully, Elkhorn coral colonies are […]

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Caribbean Coral in the Mesoamerican Reef Barrel Sponge

Caribbean Coral in the Mesoamerican Reef Barrel Sponge

Scientific Name: Xestospongia testudinaria Species: Sponges (Petrosiidae) Other names: Marine Sponges, Siliceous Sponges, Volcano Sponge, Giant Barrel Sponge, Great Vase Sponge Description These gigantic sponges grow large enough to fit a person inside. Their hard surface is deeply ridged, but their rim is thin and delicate. The barrel sponge belongs to the Demospongiae, the largest class […]

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But the shallow sites are boring aren’t they?

But the shallow sites are boring aren’t they?

If we got a dollar for every time we get asked this, we would be able to buy a fleet of new boats! (well nearly!) It seems that a lot of divers think that all the interesting underwater life is only found at deeper depths. While this may be true of some parts of the […]

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Caribbean Coral in the Riviera Maya Lace Coral

Caribbean Coral in the Riviera Maya Lace Coral

Lace corals form ornate tree-like structures, are fan like and have extremely bright colours which can range  from violet, red, orange, and yellow.  Top height of this coral species is 25 cm.   The colour is deposited within the limestone skeleton and remains even after the animal tissue is gone, unlike reef-building corals which have […]

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Caribbean Coral Brain Coral–Celebros

Caribbean Coral Brain Coral–Celebros

Brain coral are small, polyp-like creatures that form a hard, exoskeleton in patterns that look like a human brain.  They feed on algae and small animal tissues that drift through ocean currents. They are related to jellyfish, sea anemones and other species of coral. The are one of the most resilient corals and can resist […]

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Very Cool Dive Packages in 2011 in the Riviera Maya

Very Cool Dive Packages in 2011 in the Riviera Maya

We are true believers that our lives are enhanced by a bit of adventure, new education and some diversity.  Doing the same old, same old as it is easy, convenient or predictable is not what we are on this planet to do.  It is easy to find the easy vacation, the predictable one, a vacation […]

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Holiday Wishes for Scuba Divers

Holiday Wishes for Scuba Divers

There are holiday wishes and then there  are holiday wishes and we think that this holiday it is best to make some wishes for our friends and scuba divers. So here are our 10 holiday wishes for Scuba Divers 1.        We wish you great visibility no matter where you dive 2.       We wish you great […]

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Caribbean Corals-Fan Coral

Caribbean Corals-Fan Coral

This is abundant down here and an old time favorite.  I remember over 10 years ago when I saw an Abyss guide find the uprooted Fan Corals and replant them in an effort to make sure that they could continue to propagate.  Ever since it is an automatic reaction for me to do the same […]