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Cozumel 2011 Day 8 – Punta Tunich March 14, 2011

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Dive Log.
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Dive two of the day was much closer to town, and today was typical where the further North you go the stronger the currents. It was a wonderful dive with lots of fish around, especially under ledges sheltered from the current. These were great to duck behind to stop and look at things and perhaps take a photo or two.

One ledge had hundreds of small fish called Glassy Sweepers, although I didn’t know that at the time. I asked Pedro when we got back on the boat and I thought he said “Glass Slipper”. As I was getting closer to them, a big black Grouper swam out – too close to get a good picture. I suppose he considered the school his personal lunch buffet. I think though, that the next picture was the best of the trip as it has a kind of dreamy quality. Must be the eyes.

Glassy Sweepers at Punta Tunch

At one point Christine thumbed the dive and gave a curious dog paddling signal, which turned out to be an indication of having trouble with the current. Pedro helped her get things under control. She didn’t have a lot of experience in strong currents and we went over some techniques after the dive like ducking behind ledges, dropping close to the reef, and streamlining.

We also saw one of the nicest groupings of the ubiquitous juvenile Spotted Drum with two larger ones and a smaller one in the background.

 

This Green Moray didn’t have its own hole to live in and had to make do in its crevice.

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