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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. They lay their eggs in patches and unlike a lot of other fish species, they guard them until they hatch. Which is probably why they are so abundant.
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 invertebrates. The species of starfish around Starfish Point are called Oreaster reticulatus or more commonly known as red cushion sea stars. These starfish are usually found in grassy, shallow waters in the Atlantic ocean and Caribbean sea. The color of the adult Oreaster reticulatus range from red, yellow and orange. While the juveniles are a greenish brown color almost resembling army camouflage, making it perfect for hiding in sea grass.
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, corals and plankton.
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 reefs from the overgrowth of algae. So all in all they are both a pretty fish to look at and important to our ecosystem.
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 really see how crystal clear the waters are in Cayman from this picture. Come visit these Stingrays with us and see for yourself!