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#1 ce4jesus

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 04:44 PM

I found it a little strange that I didn't even see 1 reef shark on Cozumel's Reefs during my week of diving. I didn't even see one on the night dive or the early morning dive. The only sharks I saw were nurse sharks. Was this due to the hurricane or has Cozumel always been this way?

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 11:30 PM

they are very skittish and only seen rarely at the quieter dive sites. I saw them at la palma and la francesa last summer, after emily but before the big hurricane hit. Only one or two others in my group saw them at francesa, you had to be looking.

I would not say it's always been this way, I'm sure once there were many.

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 11:09 AM

Roger,
Thanks. Other fish I didn't see...anenome fish. I saw a lot of anenomes but no fish. I'll probably be heading back that way next year as well so maybe I'll try a really early morning dive and keep my eyes peeled!
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Posted 19 June 2006 - 02:03 PM

I too was in Coz between hurricanes, last summer. We saw more reef sharks than we have ever seen there. We saw them on two different dives at Punta Sur. Watched a huge grouper stalking and making a run at them, since they were only about 3 feet long. They were very skittish so I never got close enough for a good picture. I took a few shots just for proof. We counted 16 at one point.

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 03:00 PM

Roger,
        Thanks. Other fish I didn't see...anenome fish. I saw a lot of anenomes but no fish. I'll probably be heading back that way next year as well so maybe I'll try a really early morning dive and keep my eyes peeled!
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Hi Gary,

What kind of anemone fish are you referring to? If it is the ones also known as clownfish ("nemo" like), they are not in the Caribbean or Atlantic. You can only find them in the Indo-Pacific and Red Sea. The only fish that occasinally gets close to anemones in the Caribbean are some species of cardinal fish.

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 03:12 PM

Hi Gary,

What kind of anemone fish are you referring to? If it is the ones also known as clownfish ("nemo" like), they are not in the Caribbean or Atlantic. You can only find them in the Indo-Pacific and Red Sea. The only fish that occasinally gets close to anemones in the Caribbean are some species of cardinal fish.

Luiz

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Here is a picture of one of the two Caribbean cardinal fish that like to hang out in anemones. I think it's a bridle cardinalfish, although in Humann & Deloach (page 257) this species doesn't show the white marks on gill and tail base. Can anyone confirm this?

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 03:19 PM

Welcome back ScottyB!

Sorry about that - Now back to your scheduled programming.

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 05:38 PM

Rocha,
Thanks, I knew that I was just testing you... ;) In the catagory of you learn something new everyday. :P Maybe you can answer this. There were some long(6-10ft?) worm-like critters on the bottom during the night dive. Unfortunately it was my first ever night dive so I left the camera on the boat. They were about 1 inch in diameter. They had yellow and white colorations.
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Posted 19 June 2006 - 05:39 PM

Thanks James. I haven't been far away.