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Through the Lens | Week 8

Week 8 – Groupers Galore | #spotthatcayfish

February 19th – February 25th

Through the Lens – keep up with the latest encounters we are experiencing out on the boats. As a lot of you know I rarely dive without a camera, so keep up with this blog and check out whats through my lens week to week!

Week 8’s post comes from two different dives I made on the Northwest corner of the island. The water clarity had begun to clean up after some recent northwest winds, and currents died down that had been keeping us from diving this area.

Upon descending on this dive we were welcomed with awesome visibility, lots of sun helping with all the awesome colors, and an abundance of Grouper. I spotted both Tiger and Black Grouper throughout the dive and would give a rough estimate of around 20 throughout the entire dive.

A very welcoming site especially since the Nassau Grouper Spawn is in the next couple of weeks. Although I did not see any Nassau on this dive, I still take it as a good sign. Grouper are better than no Grouper. With the Grouper moon being right around the corner I couldn’t have been happier to see these predatory fish posting up on cleaning stations all over the reef.

February 19th – Big Tunnels

The top of the big swim through is literally covered with life.

The top of the big swim through is literally covered with life.

Predatory fish such as Grouper, Snapper and Sharks are very necessary parts of the marine ecosystem. As they control the population of much more prolific small reef fish. The fish they prey on reproduce at alarming rates and if not kept in balance can disrupt other activities on the reef. Likewise the larger predatory animals take much longer to reach sexual maturity, making them extremely vulnerable to fishing.

A Grouper being cleaned just under the boat.

A Tiger Grouper being cleaned just under the boat.

A diver takes in all the action going on at a cleaning station.

A diver observes the action going on at a cleaning station.

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Tiger grouper.

Tiger Grouper

It was also very nice to find out after these dives that the Cayman Islands DOE and Marine Conservation International had just launched a new project asking for images of predatory fish for conservation research purposes. The program asks for volunteer photographers to simply post their images on either Facebook or Twitter with hashtag of #spotthatcayfish to contribute.

Full article here in the Cayman Compass

Feels good to be able to send in some photos of these awesome fish to help out with conservation work that is being conducted about the environment that I spend almost everyday in.

February 22nd – Dolphin Drop-off

Divers cruises the edge of the wall.

Divers cruise the edge of the wall.

This specific morning offered up some of the best visibility we have seen in awhile.

This specific morning offered up some of the best visibility we have seen in awhile.

A diver inspects a ridge covered in sponge and even houses a Tiger Grouper being cleaned.

A diver inspects a ridge covered in sponge and even houses a Tiger Grouper being cleaned. 

Diver and grouper buddy teams.

Diver and Grouper buddy teams. 

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A Tiger Grouper sitting in his Orange Elephant Ear Sponge lazy boy.

A Tiger Grouper sitting in his Orange Elephant Ear Sponge lazy boy.

With the use of a single strobe in an overhead position creates a very moody image.

With the use of a single strobe in an overhead position creates a very moody image.

Two Tiger Groupers being cleaned on a lush coral head.

Two Tiger Groupers being cleaned on a lush coral head.

Dusty’s Week 8 Shots – West Side Macro

Trumphet Fish

Trumpetfish

Slender File Fish

Slender File Fish

Slender File Fish

Slender File Fish

Slender File Fish close-up.

Slender File Fish close-up.

Slender File Fish close-up.

Slender File Fish close-up.

Yellow Stingray

Yellow Stingray

Yellow Stingray close-up.

Yellow Stingray close-up.

Thank you everyone for checking out my work for the week. We look forward to continuing our pursuit of underwater photography/videography and sharing it with all of you along the way.

Get in touch with me. I would love to help with photography questions, or even just talk about one of the images from this Week.

If you are interested in purchasing prints of our work send me an email for cost and sizing options.

chase@dnsdiving.com

Until next time.

“I have a passion for the ocean and not only experiencing it and its inhabitants, but also documenting them, so keep your eyes open for new blog posts to keep up with my latest encounters”

              Chase

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