We picked up our dive gear at French Angel Expedition where three other divers would join us, 1 from Poland, 1 from Seattle Washington and 1 from Michigan. The two guys from the United States were on their certification dive. They are very fortunate to get certified in such at such a great destination.
Getting our scuba gear on and ready to back roll off the side of the boat! Our boat captain Oliver (aka Jack sparrow) moves over for the shot.
First lion fish we’ve seen here and it’s a small one hiding for good reason. The locals are aggressively trying to keep this evasive species under control.
This large Grouper was hiding on top of a coral head. I purposely got too close to get him in the open.
Large barrel sponge. Not too many critters to be found inside these yet. It’s usually a good spot to find spider crabs and small shrimps.
Close to the end of the dive we swam through this cave with the crab guarding the passage. As we entered I was behind our dive master who went in first. Just as I was starting to enter a nurse shark got in front of me and then plopped itself on the bottom. I waited for the shark to move on but it didn’t want to move and there was not enough room in the cave to go above him. Hmm, what should I do? There are divers behind me and by now the dive master is probably starting to wonder where we are so I gently slapped the sharks tail to get him moving. At this point the shark decided he didn’t want to join us for the swim through and turned around so I backed out of his way and let him get out. Okay, that adventure is over now let’s carry on into the cave where the crab above was guarding the passage. As we swam over him he stretched out his claws and tried to pinch us, there was barely enough room above him to get by without getting pinched!! Very cool to see him in this environment!
Before this dive we asked about nudibranchs and flamingo tongues specifically as we saw plenty of coral that we know they like to be on. Our dive master said flamingo tongues and nudibranch’s were quite rare in the area. We found one! This picture is slightly out of focus but had to post it as they are so rare in the area.
It rained a little this morning but the sun is shining now! Time to get some local shopping in and take a few pictures of Caye Caulker!