After the passing of Australian super star Steve Irwin, many people were afraid to visit the Stingray City dive site. The truth is, these majestic creatures are virtually harmless. As a matter of fact, anyone willing to kiss a stingray will receive 7 years of good luck...or so I'm told:-)
Would you ever kiss a stingray?
Last month we had the pleasure of getting to know the crew of the John Paul DeJoria, Sea Shepherd's newest anti-poaching patrol boat. Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
These folks are the real deal!
Keep up the great work Sea Shepherd Global!
Commissioned in 1944 and launched into the American Naval Fleet in 1945, the USS Kittiwake was a five deck submarine rescue vessel containing ninety-eight enlisted men with ten officers aboard. Decommissioned in September 1994, the Kittiwake made its way to the Grand Cayman in January of 2011, to be intentionally sunk. Within the ship you find ghostly sections like the captain’s quarters,... View details ⇨
The deep walls of the Cayman Islands are among some of the most spectacular vertical cliff faces found anywhere in the world. Falling off thousands of feet, these sheer drop offs are home to some of our islands most graceful creatures. Eagle Rays glide along side these underwater mountains making an already amazing dive extraordinary.
While at rest, a moray will slowly open and close its jaws. At first glance, this looks like a “back off” warning to other creatures, but in reality, it’s anything but. Normal fish have bony gill covers on their sides. By constantly opening and shutting these, water is forced over the internal gill chamber, allowing the fish to breathe. Morays have no such covers, so they have to orally pump... View details ⇨
The summer months bring something truly unique to the tunnels, reefs, and wrecks of the Cayman Islands. Silversides! These tiny dwarf herring fill the empty over hangs and tunnels during the daylight hours creating one of mother natures most spectacular events.
Have you ever experienced the Silver Rush!
Did you know that according to the Icun, Hawksbill turtles are critically endangered. These graceful creatures have been decimated globally due to commercial fishing activity. Fortunately for us in the Cayman Islands, these beautiful turtles can be found on most any dive site.
On another note, they happen to be one of our favorite underwater photography subjects:-)
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While some divers are terrified at the thought of entering an overhead environment, many others jump at the chance. Swimming through long narrow passages or sunken ships can be calming and exhilarating all at the same time. It's in these moments that we find ourselves truly present.
Christopher Columbus sailed past these small islands in 1503. He noted in his journal that it appeared as if you could walk to shore on the backs of turtles. While we don't have quite that many these days, the Cayman Islands boast one of the most abundant populations of hawksbill turtles found anywhere in the world!
The south side of Grand Cayman is chock full of world class dive sites. While the vertical walls are awe inspiring, the real standout here are the shallow sites. These low lying reefs are full of tunnels and archways, creating the perfect cover for some of our most interesting critters.
We followed this green eel around Pallas Reef. Check it out!
From the moment the massive ship reached her final resting place beneath the clear waters of Grand Cayman, the Ex USS Kittiwake became the preferred home to hundreds of Horse Eye Jacks. These silvery fish swim circles in a seemingly endless game of follow the leader around the shipwreck, creating the perfect backdrop for even the most discerning underwater photographer.
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Ask any dive master on the islands to list their top ten favorite dive sites and I guarantee you that Ghost Mountain in in there somewhere. This towering pinnacle is located at the edge of the North Sound’s barrier reef. This adds to the degree of difficulty when choosing to dive the site. As the tide flows outward from the shallow North Sound, milky green water covers the pinnacle, dropping... View details ⇨