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Cozumel 2011 Day 9 – Tormentos Reef March 16, 2011

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Dive Log.
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Feb 24, 2011 and my last dive of the trip. Tormentos is further North than most of my dives but South of San Juan and Cantarell where I had been the previous week. Pedro had asked us what we hadn’t seen yet. I didn’t mention Toadfish, although I’d thought about it, and was glad to see one finally on this final dive.

It was well hidden but I managed to get a decent close-up by dumping air from my BC and anchoring my fins on the bottom where it looked like I wouldn’t do any damage to the reef. Only its head was exposed. I love how you can see the transparent cover on the right eye.

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Tormentos Reef - Cozumel Splendid Toadfish

Pedro found a tiny Pipefish that I didn’t photograph. It was probably about 7-8cm long. The most curious part of the dive was when Pedro and I were looking under a ledge, a fairly large fish, something like a Triggerfish, peeked under as well. Just recently I thought that he might have been trained to by divers spearing Lion Fish to pick up the pieces, because he followed us around for about 20 minutes, even after Pedro gave him a poke int the side. We saw a huge Black Grouper and a bunch of Stingrays near the end of the dive, and a Spotted Moray Eel. I saw a brittle Starfish for the first time there as well, but won’t embarrass myself by posting the picture with only half of it in the frame.

That's a Moray

The 5 minute safety stop was off the reef, and fish of various types were swimming around us eating invisible morsels. A few small jellyfish floated by. Stingrays on sand well below us swam around. One came up about half way to us before dive-bombing back to the bottom.

Reluctantly, after 63 minutes dive time, we climbed back on the boat. A fantastic end to a fantastic trip.

 

 

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