Fishwatching in the warm, clear waters
of the Caribbean is a very rewarding experience.
An abundance of varieties in accessible areas ensures that every dive
provides excitement and treasured memories.
Valles, from the McGill University, Canada, is studying the settlement
of reef fish along the West Coast from Batts Rock to Speightstown.
The nocturnal squirrelfish hide next to coral heads
or sea fans waiting for night to come.
Many fish visit cleaning station to remove
ectoparasites from their body. Small cleaners such as the juvenile
spanish hogfish and cleaning gobies gain a meal, while the host fish
benefit from a good clean!
The Spotted Moray is fairly common
in shallow water. Their eyesight is not very good and rely on their
sense of smell to find food. They can be safely observed and are not
aggressive unless provoked.
One of the Angelfish family, the French Angelfish is frequently found
around reefs, wrecks and rocky areas. They have distinct yellow hoops
on their body as juveniles but loose this distinct pattern as adults
which changes into yellow flecks. Here you see a subadult in the process
of changing their colouration.
Nurse sharks and their
'hanger on' remorra fish are often spotted on Caribbean reefs. They
are relatively docile and spend their time either foraging under rocks,
or sitting peacefully on the sand.
Secretary blennies live in tube worm
holes in the coral. They feed on small particles in the water column
and often leave their hole for a split second to catch passing food
Sergeant majors are common on wrecks.
They use the flat metals sides for their nests. The males defend each
nest vigorously for 5 days until the eggs hatch and release the egg
larvae into the water. Becareful though - These fish are tough and
will defend their eggs by nipping your fins!
Groupers wait patiently for their next bit of prey to pass....