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Trip Report Cozumel diving and photos week of 24 Oct

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ColoDale

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Some photos and info of the first few days of diving starting on 24 Oct.

Weather has been hot and we have had isolated rain.
Water temps are about 84-85F. With rains there is some fresh water coming in lowering temps.
Visibility is 100+ mostly. Current has been slow and all North to South.

All Palancar and San Francisco sites are closed due to closure rotation.
Many divers here right now and it seems everyone starts on one of the Palancars.
The stone pier on Palancar beach partially collapsed and there is a sign saying not to tie off on it.

Parking is still a pain at the marina (Fonatur).

We have seen many Goldentail Moray Eels and some freeswimming. I have not seen one Brown Spotted Moray Eel. The Green Moray Eels are in the usual spots.
There are quite a few Hawksbill Turtles and a few Greens.
We have seen quite a few Nurse sharks - cruising and sleeping.

There are at least one school (shivers - cool word) of small reef sharks - about 8-9 in number. We have seen them consistently on Palancar Caves but also on Cedral wall. I cannot say if they are the same ones. The are generally deep (90 to 130+ fsw) and out to the channel. They were too far away for photos and they do not let anyone approach closely.

We have seen very large Black Groupers but not alot of mid size ones.
Lot's of drums from juvenile through adult.

The coast right now is infested with little black nymph/midge bugs. They don't bite and die daily. About a month ago we had the same for about a week then they disappeared. Must be just the right conditions. I believe it is hotter and definitely wetter now than in September.

The port is closed today for a short norte. I will be diving a few more days and will have other friends coming to dive in a couple of weeks.

More cruise ships coming in. The new(er) Virgin ship is painted matte gray.

Barracuda that let me get close
Coz Oct 2021 Barracuda 001c.jpg


Barred Hamlet but has a squared tail
Coz Oct 2021 Barred Hamlet squarish tail 001c.jpg


Bicolor Damselfish
Coz Oct 2021 Bicolor Damselfish 001c.jpg


Channel Crab
Coz Oct 2021 Channel Crab 001c.jpg


Fish School on Cedral Pass
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Flamingo Tongues. One with a decorator crab.
Coz Oct 2021 Flamingo Tongue 003c.jpg


Coz Oct 2021 Flamingo Tongues and Decorator crab 001.jpg


Four Eye Butterflyfish. Got one looking at the camera.
Coz Oct 2021 Four Eye Butterfly fish 001c.jpg


French Angelfish
Coz Oct 2021 French Angelfish 001c.jpg


Goldentail Moray Eel
Coz Oct 2021 Goldentail Eel 002c.jpg


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More photos

A freeswimming Goldentail Moray Eel that was too fast for me.
Coz Oct 2021 Goldentail Eel Freeswimming 001c.jpg


Graysby
Coz Oct 2021 Graysby 001c.jpg


Green Moray Eel that was free swimming before this photo
Coz Oct 2021 Green Moray Eel 001c.jpg


Hawksbill Turtle
Coz Oct 2021 Hawksbill Turtle 001c.jpg


Lionfish that was dispatched shortly after the photo
Coz Oct 2021 Lionfish 001c.jpg


Peacock Flounder not on the bottom. The flounders we saw all were bigger than usual.
Coz Oct 2021 Peacock Flounder 001c.jpg


Scorpionfish
Coz Oct 2021 Scorpionfish 001c.jpg


Splendid Toadfish
Coz Oct 2021 Splendid Toadfish 002c.jpg


Spotted Drum intermediate phase
Coz Oct 2021 Spotted Drum Intermediate 001c.jpg


Spotted Drum Juvenile
Coz Oct 2021 Spotted Drum Juvenile 001c.jpg
 
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A couple more photos

Stareye Hermit Crab
Coz Oct 2021 Stareye Hermit 001c.jpg


Stoplight Parrotfish Juvenile
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Beautiful pictures! I took lots of pictures last time I was there but I apparently do not have the eye or know how:wink:
 

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Awesome- I like the eel shot (too fast)- I think it shows the coloration.

Also really like the hawksbill!

Thanks for sharing.
 

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Great pics ColoDale. Can I ask what camera you used for them?

Cheers
Tony
 
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Cool pic.s! Where'd you stay and who'd you dive with?
My house and Bottom Time Divers
 
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Great pics ColoDale. Can I ask what camera you used for them?

Cheers
Tony
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