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Snorkeling Pictures

Okay folks, so as not to overwhelm the BC thread, hopefully more folks will enjoy the pictures here better, as suggested. Today, we met up with 8 other good people and we saw these, among others.
Trunk Fish

Queen Trigger fish

Cow Fish

Scrawled File Fish

French Angel Fish

Trigger fish

Barracuda

 
More tomorrow!

Lovin life,
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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/18 18:03:16 (permalink)
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    Bob, loving your adventure.  Gracias, MB


     

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/18 18:50:58 (permalink)
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    Let's see how this works. I'll put all the picture reports here, starting with Sunday:

    We are here!!!


    And we saw these guys:




     
    Crunch, don't you know us men love the wild woman hair look. You are probably driving Thomas mad!!!! Back at this vacationing thing! Bernie and Bosco, we gotta get it together sometime!
     

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/18 18:52:22 (permalink)
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    Monday's adventure at Punta Sur:

    Oh my! We are overcome with sleep. Between the heat and all the swimming, we are getting deep sleep naps in the afternoon. Today's stars at Punta Sur:


    I'm pretty sure these are conch egg cases (anyone???)


    A damselfish


    Looks like this old conch shell still provides a home:


    Lovin life,
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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/18 18:53:52 (permalink)
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    Tuesday's action:

    Okay folks, had a great couple snorkel trips today. But first, we had to run in town and get a new mask and snorkel. My lady's mask was leaking. Shameless plug, if you buy one, get Tri Board brand. The one we had was well recommended by our local dive shop and only worked one trip, leaked last trip, got it replaced, new one still leaks. All is better now. Here goes:
    We hopped in the water and found this needlefish, 20 inches long, just below the surface:

    Then we saw a bunch of these coral nurseries near the Money Bar.

    We found this Queen Angel fish, we love the vibrant colors:

    Then we saw this spotted goat fish rooting out a meal with his barbels. Notice the freeloader over top of him!

    we saw a bunch of these guys!

    Who you looking at?

    I'm outta here!

    So many fish chowing down together!

    Saw this guy as well

    And this file fish

    And a couple spotfin Butterfly fish

    As well as these Banded Butterfly fish

    Love how the cleaning stations work:

    we see many of these sea urchin tests (shells)



    Loads of conch

    Up close to a French Angel Fish

    Found this queen triggerfish


    And a white Spotted Filefish



    Let's see if all this posts....
     

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/18 18:56:57 (permalink)
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    Tuesday at the Sky Reef:

    Today it was Sky Reef. We arrived in a downpour and a lightening storm chased us away hours later. 4 couples in our group, all good people (though I'm not so sure about the guy in the mirror...).

    Right off the bat, I found this Donkey Dung sea Cucumber:

    Then this barracuda:

    These Blue Tangs were having a feeding frenzy:

    Found this Scrawled File fish:

    And this Orange phase White Spotted file fish:

    More curious squid

    And as a bonus above water, we also saw this guy!

     

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/18 18:58:50 (permalink)
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    Thursday, it was the Money Bar 

    Okay, today we decide to walk about a kilometer up the road towards the Presidente and hop in the water at a nice loading spot. The current brings us south, back to our resort. Every where else on the west side the current is north.  First thing we see on the way out is this fire worm.

    A nice coral head

    trunk fish

    A couple blue heads

    a sponge vase

    A trumpet fish

    Scrawled file fish

    Cow fis
     

     

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/18 19:00:02 (permalink)
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    Something went funky, more coming
    Triggerfish

    Queen Triggerfish

    Flounder

    Anyone know what kind of fish these are? Striking blue

    Fish on it's tail at a cleaning station

    A pair of lizard fish


    A grunt

    Ray

    Scrawled file fish

    Queen Angel fish

    Making a home in the sponge vase


    Lovin life,
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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/18 19:01:17 (permalink)
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    More still, I said it was a great day snorkeling!
    Lizard fish

    Stoplight Parrot fish

    Sharp tailed eel


    French Angel fish, adult and juvenile

    Spotted Moray eel



    I also found 4 large lobsters under a ledge, but my batteries died just as I got there the first time, the second time, I just couldn't get a good shot. They were down 15 feet and I had a current to deal with... basically I sucked ! LOL!!!!! I will try again tomorrow. Looks like they have taken up home there!

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/18 19:08:35 (permalink)
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    UHK, thanks so very much for the pics.  Loving them. MB  Enjoying life.  It's all well.  


     

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/19 14:22:43 (permalink)
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    Today, we walked a kilometer against the current and enjoyed a nice long snorkel.
    First up was, yet again, a lizard fish

    Then this squirrel fish

    This Black Durgeon swa with us for quite a ways


    Then I got a good shot of  Trumpet fish

    Then we spied this Peacock Flounder

    Obviously, these aren't all the fish and sealife that we saw today, there is just so much of it. I have photographed so many of them that today, I got to relax and watch them. But some shots, clearly, I had to take them. 

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/19 17:04:05 (permalink)
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    That looks fun!😁
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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/20 17:29:26 (permalink)
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    We met up at Buccanno's today for snorkeling, eats and good times. All was had in abundance! We got some fish pics and then, when we were all done, I swatted my towel at a bug and knocked a baby iguana or lizard to the ground. Poor thing. Then if climbed up my leg, and back, to my head, then jumped and landed in the sand again, at which point I picked it up and set it on my arm for a little bit. Anyways, time for pictures.
    Damsel fish


    Barracuda

    Four Eyed Butterfly Fish

    Damselfish

    And... my friend!


    Lovin life,
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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/21 16:13:32 (permalink)
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    Snorkeled the north end today and had lunch at Playa Azul.
    Trumpet fish

    Puffed up porcupine fish
     



    Conch

    Snail


    Snail on the move

    Urchins

    Dead urchin loosing it's spines

    Hi!

    Cow fish

    Swim thru

    Lizard fish

    Yellow ray partially buried in the sand

     

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/21 18:00:23 (permalink)
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    Awesome shots Bob.  Feel like I was right there😁
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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/22 16:11:31 (permalink)
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    Today was a different day. We went into town early and did a little shopping around, but most importantly, right across from the big flag, a lady sells ice cream, about a third of the block in. I got coconut and chocolate, she got coconut.
    Got back to the resort and ordered room service for lunch. nachos and a burrito, with a.... a hot dog! LOL!
    After lunch, we walked up towards the Money Bar to snorkel back with the current. We were going to go way beyond it, but all this recent rain has created a bumper crop of skeeters, and they were chowing on our legs. so, we hopped in the water south of the Money Bar and snorkeled into the Money bar area and then back to the resort.
    An eel, about as large as your arm.

    White Spotted File fish

    White Spotted file fish, horn up

    Trumpet fish

    Ray!

    Pittsburgh Steelers fish, I mean, Rock Beauty.

    post edited by uphillklimber - 2018/05/22 16:14:25

    Lovin life,
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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/22 16:34:35 (permalink)
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    Hey Bob !  Thank you for all of the wonderful pictures.
     
     When are you two heading home ?
     
      See ya on the Breakfast Club when ya settle in.
    Bernie

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/22 17:10:52 (permalink)
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    crunch
    Awesome shots Bob.  Feel like I was right there😁


    I could feel you in spirit!!!
     

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    Beach Bernie
    Hey Bob !  Thank you for all of the wonderful pictures.
     
     When are you two heading home ?
     
      See ya on the Breakfast Club when ya settle in.
    Bernie




    Thursday. Tomorrow is the last snorkel day. Wash and dry what we can later in the day. Pack and relax the last day before one final mexican meal then a cab back to the airport....

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/22 18:05:00 (permalink)
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    We went to your place for the first snorkel and got eaten up. After lunch we did the drift to FA and saw y'all snorkelling when we were walking back
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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/22 19:55:03 (permalink)
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    We were so engrossed at all the beauty of the fish and coral and sponges..... Well..... you know how that happens. Hope you had a great time snorkeling. 

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/23 15:04:57 (permalink)
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    Did some more snorkeling today. It is raining and a little stormy here now. We are concerned about lightening. So we are done snorkeling for the day, it seems. So we are doing laundry and preparing things for tomorrow's flight home. We've had a great time here and look forward to next year.
    Oh, pictures, you say? Okay....
    Trunk fish

    Surgeon Fish


    Doctor fish, notice the vertical body lines

    Blue Tangs

    Notice the yellow mark at the base of the tail on the side

    A bottom feeder using his barbels

    Ray!!!


    Love the coloring on this guy

    An eel all slithered up in the coral

    These guys were always present

    A grunt

    And... a Trumpet fish

    A gray angel fish

     
     

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/23 15:08:25 (permalink)
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    Time for a story!

    Angel fish and butterfly fish are known to pair up for life and clear out an area about 100-200 yards diameter of all same breed fish and this becomes their home. We saw some of this in action. Two pairs of fish were very aggressive towards each other, with one pair retreating. At a certain point, they retreated far enough and peace was restored. 

    There is a legend that when one of the pair dies, the other dies shortly after of a broken heart, which why you always see them in pairs.
     
     

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    Re: Snorkeling Pictures 2018/05/26 08:21:34 (permalink)
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    I'll put mine from Akumal Bay here too, if you don't mind, Bob. The water was not very clear so I don't have a lot of good pictures, but there was plenty to see. Mind you, there was likely a lot more there, but not visible! 
     
    turtles galore!
      
     

     
    lesser electric ray
     

     
    lots of sting rays of various sizes

     
    large barracudas that swim by and startle you

     
    queen angelfish that hide

     
    parrot fish

     
    sand diver

     

    AASB 2018 created good memories. Tammi is already booking 2019! 
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    The most unusual though, was the nurse shark, approximately 6 or 7 feet long.

     

    AASB 2018 created good memories. Tammi is already booking 2019! 
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