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Fish Fridays-Glassy Sweepers

Fish Fridays-Glassy Sweepers

Common Name: Glassy Sweeper Latin Name: Pempheris Schomburgki Location: Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean, also Bermuda and south to Brazil Distinct Features and Information: Deeply keeled, compressed bodies and large eyes typify sweepers, their form somewhat like hatchet fish; both cycloid and ctenoid scales may be present. The small, short dorsal fin begins before the body’s midpoint […]

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Bull Shark Season is approaching!

Bull Shark Season is approaching!

The whalesharks are now migrating south for the winter but we are appoaching one of your most exciting dive seasons, BULL SHARK SEASON! Woa woa woa you say…Bull Sharks, who ever said that Bull sharks were part of the scuba diving plan! The are big, dangerous and human eating so none of these tours for […]

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Fish Fridays in Playa del Carmen-Greater Soapfish

Fish Fridays in Playa del Carmen-Greater Soapfish

Common Name: Greater Soapfish Latin Name: Rypticus Saponaceus Location: Bahamas, Caribbean and also Bermuda and south to Brazil. Distinct Features and Information: A solitary species inhabiting shallow water on bottoms with eroded limestone or mixed sand and rocks, as well as around reefs. Often found lying motionless against rocks. In appearance, they are characterized by a reduced […]

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Caribbean Corals Staghorn Coral

Caribbean Corals Staghorn Coral

This is mainly found in the waters near Tulum.  It is a wonderful site, and a nice change to the corals we see to the north in Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Puerto Morelos. Staghorn coral is a branching coral with cylindrical branches ranging from a few centimeters to over 6.5 feet (2 m) in […]

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Fish Fridays Barracuda

Fish Fridays Barracuda

Common Name: Barracuda     Latin Name:  Sphyraena barracuda   Location: Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean   Distinct Features and Information: The great barracuda is a fierce looking predator that lives and hunts primarily alone. He is a curious fish, and is very common in shallow waters. In general, the barracuda’s coloration is dark green or a […]

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Innovative Scuba Divers

Innovative Scuba Divers

We love innovative people and we really love innovative scuba divers.  For the icing on the cup cake, we love innovative scuba diving woman. We came across this article the other day and wanted to share it with you.  There are more ideas out there I am sure that can make your scuba diving experience […]

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Fish Fridays…Lion Fish…uggghhh

Fish Fridays…Lion Fish…uggghhh

Never would we think that the lionfish would come under the category of Caribbean Fish Common Name: Lion fish Latin Name: Pterois Antennata Location: The lion fish is usually found near coral reefs of tropical Indo-Pacific region but can now be found in the Eastern Coast of America and Caribbean. It is unclear how they have […]

Very Cool Scuba Diving Tatoos

Very Cool Scuba Diving Tatoos

We have seen over the years some very cool tatoos that symbolize peoples experiences as a diver or reflect what they have seen underwater.  Call it the scuba tribe if you wish, or call it scuba art, but there are some pretty cool tatoos that people are wearing to show thier committment to or love […]

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Fish Fridays Sergeant Major

Fish Fridays Sergeant Major

Common Name: Sergeant Major or píntano Latin Name:  Abudefduf saxatilis Location: Central America, eastern South America and western Africa Distinct Features and Information: It earns its name from its brightly striped sides, which are reminiscent of the insignia of a military Sergeant Major. It’s generally lively colored and laterally compressed with upper body being yellow, […]

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Fish Fridays!!  This week Honey Comb Cow Fish

Fish Fridays!! This week Honey Comb Cow Fish

  Common Name: Honeycomb Cowfish   Latin Name: Acanthostracion Polygonia   Location: Occasional eastern Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean, also north to New Jersey, Bermuda and south to Brazil.   Distinct Features and Information: They come in a variety of different colors, and are notable for the hexagonal or “honeycomb” patterns in their skin and skeletons. They swim […]