Finally the winds are beginning to come down and Prickly Bay is calming. Since we got here many months ago, we have wanted to snorkel the surrounding reefy areas but the waters have just been too murky. Today we could see the bottom of the anchorage. Today is the day to try the outer reef.
We dinghied to a place on the southeastern side of the anchorage and dropped the dinghy anchor in a sandy spot just behind a shallow reef. When we took a look under the dinghy we realized that these sandy patches were actually holes in the reef surrounded by a bank with overhangs where creatures could lurk!
The visibility wasn't as good as we hoped due to a considerable amount of surge, even in these light winds and protected by the reef. It was difficult to hold position and there was just a lot of stuff in the water, but it was still fun to be in the cool water.
The shallow water allowed us to get close to the bottom where we could hang still to let the fish come out. These little Damsels were everywhere and MAN are they brave! I always get a kick out of how they stand their ground, no matter the invader's size!
|Lots of empty conch shells...
|A moulted lobster husk - I though I had found one!
|Mysterious ledges that hide creatures
|Healthy seagrass beds!
|Then I found a LIVE Lobster!
Once my eyes grew accustomed to identifying the lobsters, I saw them everywhere!!! Bruce even tried to grab one, but without gloves, they are just too fast! They were all very small. They looked much bigger until I saw Bruce's hand near one to provide scale... MUCH too small to eat. And later, back at the boat, I looked up the dates for Lobster Season and found that they are out of season anyway... Oh well. It was fun seeing them staring back at us from the murk!
|There were a few interesting fishes and a lot of
|Hard coral growing over itself
|Urchins providing cover for thousands of tiny fish babies!
|And FINALLY! I found that strange thing I was looking for! Flower coral?
|New polyps spreading?