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Miercoles Megafauna: Hawksbill Turtle

Miercoles Megafauna: Hawksbill Turtle

Common Name: Hawksbill turtle   Latin Name: Eretmochelys imbricata   Where you can see them here: Hawksbill turtles are commonly the ones we see on Tortugas, our turtles site. They do show up occasionally on all of our sites here in Playa though!   How to identify them: The hawksbill is a small to medium-sized marine […]

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Miercoles Megafauna: Spotted Moray

Miercoles Megafauna: Spotted Moray

Common Name: Spotted Moray Latin Name: Gymnothorax Moringa   Where you can see them here: These eels can be seen at all the sites in holes, rocks and under ledges. Barracuda has a large resident spotted moray which is always in a particular coral head.   How to identify them: A medium sized moray, it […]

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Miercoles Megafauna: Southern Stingray

Miercoles Megafauna: Southern Stingray

Common Name: Southern Stingray   Latin Name: Dasyatis Americana   Where you can see them here:  These rays can be seen regularly on all of the sites here in Playa either hiding in the sand or gliding on top of the reef at cleaning stations. How to identify them: It has a flat, diamond-shaped body with […]

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Miercoles Megafauna: Loggerhead Turtle

Miercoles Megafauna: Loggerhead Turtle

Common Name: Loggerhead Turtle Latin Name:  Caretta caretta      Where you can see them here: Tortugas of Course! These giants have also been spotted on Moc Che Deep and even passing through on the shallow sites on Chunzumbul and Jardines. There is currently one with only 3 flippers on Pared Verde! So anywhere you dive with […]

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Miercoles Megafauna: Spotted Eagle Ray

Miercoles Megafauna: Spotted Eagle Ray

Common Name: Spotted Eagle Ray   Latin Name: Aetobatus Narinari   Where you can see them here: Spotted Eagle Rays are commonly seen on the shallow sites feeding in the sand. But always look down on your safety stop on Tortugas and you might spot one gliding by. Early in the year they school in groups […]

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Miercoles Megafauna: Whale Shark

Miercoles Megafauna: Whale Shark

Common Name: Whale shark   Latin Name: Rhincodon typus   Where you can see them here:  Whale Shark season runs from late May to September. Large schools of Whale Sharks feed on plankton blooms north of Cancun. We can arrange a snorkel for you with these creatures during this season and are taking bookings now! […]

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The All new Fish Fridays! All you need to know about: Harlequin Pipefish

The All new Fish Fridays! All you need to know about: Harlequin Pipefish

Common Name:Harlequin Pipefish Scientific Name: Micrognathus Ensenadae Where to Spot them here: There´s a resident Harlequin Pipefish at Moc Che right now. Also, the coral rubble at Sabalos and Barracuda is always a good place for pipefish spotting for those divers with a keen eye! How to identify them: Pipefish look like straight-bodied seahorses. The name […]

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Have you seen??Caribbean Coral-Open Brain Coral, Tales of the blue

Have you seen??Caribbean Coral-Open Brain Coral, Tales of the blue

Scientific Name: Trachyphyllia geoffroyi Common Name: Open Brain Coral   Description: The Open Brain coral has a heavy conical base skeleton that is usually in the form of a pinched oval when viewed from the top. There are usually 2 or 3 large polyps which are red or green in color.  The red forms are usually […]

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Wanna know more about corals??? Check this out!! Coral-Golfball Coral, Tales of the blue

Wanna know more about corals??? Check this out!! Coral-Golfball Coral, Tales of the blue

Golfball coral Favia fragum Description: Colonies massive; usually forming hemispherical domes, but occasionally forming small encrustations on the substrate. Color: The favia fragum coral is usually yellow or brown or various shades in between. Generally, these favia fragum corals do not stand out unless they are nestled against something of a brighter color like sea grass […]

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Your quick and easy coral class!!! Rose Coral

Your quick and easy coral class!!! Rose Coral

Latin name: Manicina areolata Description: This species exists in two distinct growth forms. The most common form consists of small elliptical colonies with a long, continuous central valley and several short side valleys and a cone-shaped underside. The second form consists of hemispherical heads with winding valleys and ridges, and a flattish underside. The valleys […]