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A Week at Cobalt Coast on the Northwest side of Grand Cayman diving with DiveTech.

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The picture below shows a few of the thousands of Garden Eels that we saw in the sand between the coral.
They were very difficult to get close to and you needed to creep up on them very very slowly to see them close.

Brown Garden Eels (Heteroconger longissimus)

A very different kind of eel was this large Green Moray Eel that hung out at Stingray City. He is  apparently almost blind.

Very large Green Moray Eel (Gymnothorax funebris) at Stingray City

At one point he came straight towards me.. and gave me this goofy look.

Green Moray heading right towards me!


Honeycomb Cowfish (Acanthostracion polygonia)

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Tiger Grouper (Mycteroperca tigris)


Tiger Grouper


Hogfish


Indigo Hamlet


School of Horse-Eye Jacks over a garden of Garden Eels.


Rosy Razorfish ( yrichtys martinicensis )

Popped right into the sand.


Pederson Cleaner Shrimp (Periclimenes pedersoni)
These little guys (maybe an inch long) would clean your fingernails for you.


Pederson Shrimp


Queen Trigger Fish


School of Bermuda Chub


Spotted Moray Eel (Gymnothorax moringa)


A well camouflaged Spotted Scorpionfish (Scorpaena plumieri)
These have poisonous barbs that you don't want to step on and they are almost impossible to see unless you happen to see them move.
"When accidentally touched from above, a dorsal spine may penetrate into the flesh and inject venom produced by a gland at the spine's base. Although deaths are rare from spotted scorpionfish 'stings', severe pain and swelling are common."


Bluestriped Grunts


Green Sea Turtle

On Grand Cayman there is a turtle farm where they raise turtles. They let some of them free. You can sponsor a turtle's freedom by a donation - http://www.divetech.com/turtle.htm .


Green Sea Turtle

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