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Golden Roughead
       
     
Stingray Magic
       
     
Diver & Seafan
       
     
Two Sharks
       
     
Brain Coral Planet
       
     
Majestic Eagle Ray
       
     
Saluting the Kittiwake
       
     
Diving the Balboa
       
     
Million Dollar Ray
       
     
French Angels
       
     
Tarpon Trio
       
     
Blenny on Blue
       
     
Get Off My Turf!
       
     
Caymanian Dive Scene
       
     
Sharpnose Puffer
       
     
Elephant Ears
       
     
Hawksbill Turtle
       
     
Mermaid
       
     
Brain in a Spin
       
     
Stingray & Wreck
       
     
Holding Hands
       
     
Banded Bandits
       
     
Bumped by a Stingray
       
     
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Golden Roughead
       
     
Golden Roughead

This Golden Rough Head Blenny may look rather fierce, but in reality he's harmless and smaller than the nail on your little finger!

Stingray Magic
       
     
Stingray Magic

A Southern Stingray cruises by as the sun rises in the background.

Diver & Seafan
       
     
Diver & Seafan

A diver explores the healthy reefs off the East End of Grand Cayman.

Two Sharks
       
     
Two Sharks

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!

Brain Coral Planet
       
     
Brain Coral Planet

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.

Majestic Eagle Ray
       
     
Majestic Eagle Ray

A majestic Eagle Ray cruises by, occasionally swooping down for a nibble on sandy garden eels.

Saluting the Kittiwake
       
     
Saluting the Kittiwake

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.

Diving the Balboa
       
     
Diving the Balboa

My dive buddy explores the Balboa Wreck in George Town Harbour.

Million Dollar Ray
       
     
Million Dollar Ray

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!

French Angels
       
     
French Angels

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

Tarpon Trio
       
     
Tarpon Trio

With an upturned mouth and slid, silvery bodies, Tarpon are a primary predator on the reef and cruise around like they own the place.

Blenny on Blue
       
     
Blenny on Blue

A Golden Roughhead Blenny at the top of a coral head.

Get Off My Turf!
       
     
Get Off My Turf!

A face-off with a typically territorial grouper.

Caymanian Dive Scene
       
     
Caymanian Dive Scene

Dive sites around Grand Cayman have fantastic topography with lots of nooks and crannies to explore.

Sharpnose Puffer
       
     
Sharpnose Puffer

One of the smallest members of the Puffer Fish family is also one of the cutest.

Elephant Ears
       
     
Elephant Ears

Checking out Elephant Ear sponges - a distinctive feature of Caribbean diving.

Hawksbill Turtle
       
     
Hawksbill Turtle

Face to face with a Hawksbill Turtle as it makes its way around a sea fan.

Mermaid
       
     
Mermaid

Diver connects with the famous mermaid statue on Cathy Church's house reef.

Brain in a Spin
       
     
Brain in a Spin

No photoshop used to create this image! Just inward lighting and spinning of the camera - pretty cool non?

Stingray & Wreck
       
     
Stingray & Wreck

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...

Holding Hands
       
     
Holding Hands

Two divers hold hands at the bow of the ex-USS Kittiwake.

Banded Bandits
       
     
Banded Bandits

A pair of Banded Shrimp take shelter in a tube sponge on a wall dive in the Cayman Islands.

Bumped by a Stingray
       
     
Bumped by a Stingray
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Kittiwake.jpg
       
     
Shark_in_motion.jpg
       
     
Here_comes_the_shark.jpg
       
     
Odd_one_out.jpg