After a couple more rounds of snorkeling, here are some highlights.
Monday, January 8, 2024
Hola y bienvenidos de Cozumel!
Yesterday, we snorkeled off Money Bar reef, in about 15-20’ of clear, warm water. Fish were abundant but the weather conditions varied from sun to downpour while a bit of a current made standing still a challenge. The environment contained natural and artificial reef structures with a wide variety of soft and encrusting corals, sponges and mostly small reef fish such as sergeant majors and damsel fish.
Here are a few shotsfrom the day.
|Looking NW towards Playa del Carmen.
|Common Sea Fan, bending before the current.
|See if you can find the lobster!
|Surfacing during a downpour.
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Over the past couple of days, we learned that our accommodations are located in the middle of a underwater marine preserve, including the mangrove lagoon on which our villa is facing and about four miles of adjacent beach and coral reef. After a day of rest and site seeing yesterday, we ventured to Doctors Cave beach in downtown Montego Bay which falls within the preserve perimeter. About 100 yards offshore in about 15-20’ of water we found reefs resplendent with staghorn coral, among a variety of hard and soft corals, sponges, anemones and reef fish and animals. Here is today’s catch of the day.
Monday, February 13, 2023
We investigated different parts of the bay including some shallow reefs and rock walls along the shoreline. My son took over the camera and captured some great images of sea slugs and lionfish, of which we saw several. Pretty but really ruinous for the Caribbean reef system.
Today’s watercolor is a blend of several different references, capturing the general feel of the underwater environment just off the shore.
|At the Edge of the Mangroves