Using inward lighting, I was able to isolate this perfectly formed Brain Coral. There is great beauty to be found even in common underwater subjects and I am mesmerised by the textures and grooves of this hard coral.
This Golden Rough Head Blenny may look rather fierce, but in reality he's harmless and smaller than the nail on your little finger!
A Southern Stingray cruises by as the sun rises in the background.
A diver explores the healthy reefs off the East End of Grand Cayman.
The Grey Reef Shark is the big daddy of the reef. The biggest of the reef sharks, they are at the apex of the food chain and, appropriately, they swim around like a boss. I love their shape and was surprised to find they have a beautiful bronze colour to them once you splash a bit of light on their bodies!
A majestic Eagle Ray cruises by, occasionally swooping down for a nibble on sandy garden eels.
My dive buddy salutes at the bow of Grand Cayman's most famous wreck: the ex-USS Kittiwake. Decomissioned, auctioned and scuttled off the coast, this famous former submarine rescue vessel was once upon a time responsible for rescuing the black box from the tragic Challenger space ship explosion.
My dive buddy explores the Balboa Wreck in George Town Harbour.
The Cayman Islands were declared a shark sanctuary in 2015 in a move which recognises the multifaceted value of these animals. Stingray City is the most popular attraction in the Caribbean and each ray is estimated to be worth $1.75 million in terms of tourist revenue!
A pair of French Angelfish cruise the reef. Unlike most fish, French Angels appear to be monogamous and spend a lot of their time tag teaming to chase away unwelcome visitors
With an upturned mouth and slid, silvery bodies, Tarpon are a primary predator on the reef and cruise around like they own the place.
A Golden Roughhead Blenny at the top of a coral head.
A face-off with a typically territorial grouper.
Dive sites around Grand Cayman have fantastic topography with lots of nooks and crannies to explore.
One of the smallest members of the Puffer Fish family is also one of the cutest.
Checking out Elephant Ear sponges - a distinctive feature of Caribbean diving.
Face to face with a Hawksbill Turtle as it makes its way around a sea fan.
Diver connects with the famous mermaid statue on Cathy Church's house reef.
No photoshop used to create this image! Just inward lighting and spinning of the camera - pretty cool non?
The ex-USS Kittiwake, probably the most famous wreck in the Caribbean, was recently pushed over onto its side by storms. Having dived it for the first time 2016, this evoked a mix of emotions in me. On the one hand, there is a sense of loss that it will never be the same again and the fact that it crashed into a portion of the reef is saddening. On the other, I feel like images of the ship standing upright have gained in historical relevancy and this is the natural order of things in the ocean. The Kittiwake will now evolve into a new dive site and the marine life that calls it home will adapt too...
Two divers hold hands at the bow of the ex-USS Kittiwake.
A pair of Banded Shrimp take shelter in a tube sponge on a wall dive in the Cayman Islands.