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Caribbean Corals-Maze Coral

Caribbean Corals-Maze Coral

This you will find on many of the reefs that we dive in the Mesoamerican Reef in Playa del Carmen, Tulum and other sites north and south. Maze coral Meandrina meandrites (Linnaeus, 1758) Description: Colonies form both hemispherical heads and flattened plates, up to 1 m in diameter. The ridges are formed by smooth, widely […]

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Caribbean Corals-The famous Fire Coral

Caribbean Corals-The famous Fire Coral

Doing this research is fun and we learn more and more the deeper we get into finding information for you, our divers.  We definitely learned something new in this research about the Fire Coral…and it may surprise you as well! Fire corals are not true corals. Fire corals are members of the Cnidaria phylum, and […]

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Fish Fridays…Spade Fish a personal favorite

Fish Fridays…Spade Fish a personal favorite

Common Name: Spadefish Latin Name: Chaetodipterus Faber Location: Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, north to Massachusetts and south to Brazil. Distinct Features and Information:  The spadefish is silvery gray in color with vertical black bars. It is known and named for its characteristic spade-shaped body, which is compressed with a short snout and have 2 […]

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Fish Fridays Bar Jack

Fish Fridays Bar Jack

Common Name: Bar Jack Latin Name:  Caranx Ruber Location: Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, north to New Jersey and south to Brazil. Distinct Features and Information: The bar jack is most simply distinguished from similar jacks by its dark horizontal bar which runs along the back and down the caudal fin, often accompanied by […]

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Mexican Fish Fridays Yellowtail Damsel Fish

Mexican Fish Fridays Yellowtail Damsel Fish

Common Name: Yellowtail Damselfish Latin Name: Microspathodon Chrysurus Location: Caribbean, Florida, Bahamas also Gulf of Mexico, Bermuda and Brazil Distinct Features and Information: A common territorial species that inhabits coral reefs, juveniles usually encountered among branches of yellow stinging coral. Found in very shallow waters of coral reefs, usually near top of outer edge where there […]

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Xcuba Ha Photo Contest fast approaching!

Xcuba Ha Photo Contest fast approaching!

The Abyss Dive Cente is a member of the Riviera Maya Dive Alliance here in Playa del Carmen.  As part of the mission of this alliance, scuba events are organized throughout the year to bring educational and fun diving weeks to our friends and divers. December 4 to 11 2010 is this years Photo Diving […]

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Fish Fridays French Grunt

Fish Fridays French Grunt

Common Name: French Grunt Latin Name:  Haemulon Flavolineatum Location: Western Atlantic: Bermuda and South Carolina to Gulf of Mexico and Brazil Distinct Features and Information: French Grunts are among the most common species you’ll ever encounter. Although grunts seem hard to differentiate, the French Grunt is easy. French Grunts have yellow stripes that run at […]

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Fish Spot: Rainbow Parrotfish

Fish Spot: Rainbow Parrotfish

Common Name: Rainbow Parrotfish Latin Name:  Scarus guacamaia Location: Caribbean, South Florida, Bahamas and also Bermuda. Distinct Features and Information: It’s hard to decide which of the colorful parrot fish’s many unique characteristics is most remarkable. There’s its diet, which consists primarily of algae extracted from chunks of coral ripped from a reef. One parrot fish […]

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Avatar The Movie and Scuba Diving

Avatar The Movie and Scuba Diving

When I went to see Avatar in the Imax theatre, the first images of Pandora reminded me of the ocean, of coral reefs, the colours we see everyday and what we experience in the ‘other world’.  knowing that James Cameron is an avid scuba diver and has spent thousand of hours underwater, I had to […]

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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 […]