Diving with sharks on the west side of Grand Cayman has become a daily occurrence. Dive-masters and visiting divers have started handling these graceful creatures as they pass by. Our thoughts on this behavior...
PLEASE STOP TOUCHING THE SHARKS!
What do you think about divers handling critters underwater?
Prior to the sinking in January 2011, the Ex USS Kittiwake was made safe by removing entanglement hazards found throughout her many decks. This process also involved cutting openings along both sides, allowing ambient light to penetrate most areas of this 251ft beast. The Kittiwake is one of the few wrecks of this size you can actually film inside without the use of video lights.
Sank in the early 1990's, the Doc Poulson has long been a favorite among underwater photographers and video enthusiasts alike. Wide angle or macro, strobes or ambient light, this wreck has something to offer even the most discerning photographer.
The video below was shot using both artificial and ambient light sources highlighting the unique and beautiful offerings of this delicate... View details ⇨
If you've ever been diving in the Cayman Islands, you most likely visited the wreck of the Oro Verde. Dive masters throughout the years have spun tales of high seas piracy and mutiny at sea. The funny thing is, the truth is way more interesting.
If anyone out there has pictures of this wreck under or above water, please post them here. We would love to see them!
Pinnacles are vertical coral structures made up of many types of hard and soft corals. These amazing towers of life are typically found in areas where current is abundant. Adorned in colorful sponges and delicate gorgonians, these sites offer structure and habitat to some of our most photogenic creatures.
Arguably the most famous of these underwater giants is Ghost Mountain. Ask any dive... View details ⇨
Did you know that hawksbill turtles are listed as Critically Endangered "facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
We are very fortunate here in the Cayman Islands to be able to dive with these majestic creatures on a daily basis.
While making this video, I was reminded of a famous quote from the late John F. Kennedy- "We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came."
For many, scuba diving is therapeutic. It's a time to clear the mind of cluttered thoughts and focus on the beauty of the here and now.
Feeding lionfish to sharks and eels puts all of us all at risk for an accidental attack. Divers who do this are in violation of the marine conservation laws. If your dive operator is diving with a spear but no lionfish containment device, please contact the Department of Environment on 916-4271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Located just northwest of the Ex USS Kittiwake, Neptunes Wall features a vertical drop off adorned in hard and soft corals of all colors. This wall site is only minuets from the west bay dock, a popular departure location for many of Grand Cayman's small operators.
Many thanks to the crew at Ambassador Divers for supplying the footage for this video.
Check out these monster lobsters we found hanging around Arm Chair Reef yesterday. Luckily for them, Arm Chair in inside the marine park.
Where would you rather see these beauties, on the reef or on your plate?
We vote reef!
The Cayman Islands are outcrops of the Cayman Ridge, a submarine mountain range extending west-southwest from the Sierra Maestra range in southeastern Cuba to the Misteriosa Bank near Belize. The vertical edge surrounding these islands attracts thrill seekers from far and wide. These steep reef structures drop down more than a mile in most areas, making the Cayman Islands one of the best... View details ⇨
Commissioned in 1944 and launched into the American Naval Fleet in 1945, the Ex 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 damage to Eden Rock is much worse than first reported. The top of the reef plate has been ground into dust in some areas and large fractures can be found in many of the tunnels.
The damage extends from the drop off just west of the mooring and moves into the shallows, half way across the hard pan approaching Paradise Bar and Grill.
With more than 20 restaurants serving this invasive species, Grand Cayman has become the lionfish culinary capitol of the Caribbean.
This mild flavored, white flaky fish is quickly becoming a favorite dish in some of the islands most prestigious restaurants.
What's your favorite lionfish dish and where did you first try it?
Did you know that spotted eagle rays develop ovoviviparously. This means that the the baby eagle rays start out as small eggs which hatch internally, feeding off a small yolk sac until the end of the pregnancy period which lasts about a year.
Eagle rays are often spotted cruising the edge of our north wall.
Have you ever been diving with these graceful creatures?