Month: May 2016

May 29, 2016 Phaide No comments exist

A spotted trunkfish is one of the many species of fish you could see snorkeling with us. It gets its name from the black spots covering their golden body. These fish release a colorless, dangerous toxin when touched which is only dangerous when eaten. Snorkelers have nothing to fear from this little guy but it’s predators, such…

May 28, 2016 Phaide No comments exist

This is a picture from one of our past trips from the end of April. This group of 5, started their day with a snorkel spot off the beaten path, followed by a trip to the Stingray City sandbar. They hung out with the stingrays while having a few beers, which all guest are able…

May 27, 2016 Phaide No comments exist

These blue tang are a type of surgeon fish found more commonly in Atlantic ocean. They feed only on algae making them extremely important to coral reefs. As a juvenile the blue tang is actually yellow and slowly turn blue as they grow. They swim in schools and are highly territorial but beautiful to look at.

May 25, 2016 Phaide No comments exist

This is a conch shell. Inside is the conch, which is a general term for a large sized, sea snail with a shell that comes to a clear point at the end. This specific conch is part of the strombidae family which is usually referred to as a “true Conch”. Conch is a common food in the Cayman…

May 23, 2016 Phaide No comments exist

The Sergeant Major is an abundant fish in Cayman, you can almost guarantee to see them when snorkeling around coral. They earned their name, Sergeant Major, because of their bright side stripes. These fish pretty much eat anything including larvae, small fish, algae, crustaceans, zooplankton and have even been known to consume the waste of spinner dolphins….

May 22, 2016 Phaide No comments exist

Starfish Point is a beach in Grand Cayman in which the waters surrounding this beach is full of starfish. Starfish have tube feet which means they have groves, located underneath, which move their food down from the outside towards their center, which is where their mouths are located. The starfish diet consist of algae, sponges and…

May 21, 2016 Phaide No comments exist

Rock Beauty is the actual name of this fish. It is family to the angelfish and usually swims in pairs all year round, one male one female. When they are juvenile they swim alone, like this little guy, until fully mature. The rock beauty needs to eat sponge to survive but they also sometimes consume algae, jellyfish,…

May 20, 2016 Phaide No comments exist

Parrotfish are named so because they have lots of tiny teeth packed tightly together on the outside of their jaw, forming a parrot like beak. They use this beak to consume algae and coral. Parrotfish are extremely important to the ocean because their excreta from eating coral creates a type of sand that can keep…

May 19, 2016 Phaide No comments exist

This beautiful picture was taken at the Stingray City sandbar. These southern rays are classified as Dasyatidae, which is one of eight classifications of stingray families. Members of this family have flat pectoral fins which range from diamond shape to oval shape. They’re found all over the world in tropical waters like Cayman. You can…

May 18, 2016 Phaide No comments exist

This beauty is called a French Angelfish.They mostly feed on sponges and algae. It’s common to see the French Angelfish in shallow reefs during the day time but at night they hide in there own designated spot every time!