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ColoDale

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A few photos from the week before last - Jan 2020 . The weather and water were mostly warm but currents were sometimes running south, in and out from shore and in circles. Our dive at Palancar had currents running slightly down and south so we tried going deeper and higher to avoid them but to no avail. Visibility was down as well on some days. Water temps per my dive computer ran around 80F. We experienced some of the same currents at Santa Rosa wall. One dive, we tried a dive entering at the end of Yucab and beginning of Tormentos thinking we would be going north but they were swirling and to the south so we did that last part of Yucab. On a couple of dives the currents were what I equate to surge which is unusual for Cozumel. A few days the water had a bit of surface chop but nothing unmanageable.

We dove with Bottom Time Divers and for a few days it was only myself and a friend on board. Since visibility was down it made for more backscatter on longer shots. We saw only a few Eagle Rays with one which I saw off Tunich wall and got a couple of photos. We again saw as in December, many eels – brown spotted and green morays. To me, it seems we have been seeing many more porcupinefish and barracuda than years ago.

This particular week I had short fills on just about every tank but managed to get 60-70 minutes per dive which at times was more difficult due to currents. The owner/DM was once again going to talk to the fill station but we’ll see what happens.

Since the southern reefs like the Palancars and Colombia opened back up in December the other reefs have less divers on them which made diving easier. We expected to see many more lionfish on those previously closed reefs and other nearby reefs but we were pleasantly surprised that most were small and fewer than expected. There was some hard coral bleaching but the reefs still look good.

Currently there is a Norte here but the wind as of now is dying down and changing direction. Late next Friday and Saturday look like maybe something will be going on.

My Oceanic Oceanlog is going belly up as well as it’s self-corrupting database so I am looking for a new dive log program. Seems diving Log 6 will work. After repeatedly reloading, reinstalling and applying fixes for Oceanlog I may have a database file I can successfully import into something new.

There are two photos below with text which I think I have identified but if someone knows better, pleae reply.

Brown Spotted Moray Eel
Coz Jan 2020 Brown Spotted Moray Eel 001c.jpg


Brown Spotted Moray Eel
Coz Jan 2020 Brown Spotted Moray Eel 003c.jpg


Green Moray Eel we found free swimming.
Coz Jan 2020 Green Moray Eel 001c.jpg


Hawksbill Turtle
Coz Jan 2020 Hawksbill Turtle 001c.jpg



This photo below I originally identified as a lizardfish but I think is either a sand diver or possibly a snakefish. I discount the latter but can't tell since I can't see the body for blue stripes
Coz Jan 2020 Lizardfish 001c.jpg



The photo below I identified as a speck claw decorator crab in an anemone however it should have two horns which I don't see.
Coz Jan 2020 Speck Claw Decorator Crab 001c.jpg


Splendid Toadfish
Coz Jan 2020 Splendid Toadfish 001c.jpg


Spotfin Butterflyfish
Coz Jan 2020 Spotfin Butterflyfish 001c.jpg


Spotted Eagle Ray
Coz Jan 2020 Spotteed Eagle ray 001c.jpg


Trumpetfish which did not appear this color without lights.
Coz Jan 2020 Trumpetfish 002c.jpg
 

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thanks for taking the time to post your journey and photos!
 
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Hi guys! I’m new to this site and just was looking for an answer to a type of sea life I seen when recently on a trip in Nassau, Bahamas. Does anyone know what this is?
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It's a limpet. I used to see them all the time around Cozumel but I haven't seen one in years.
 
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Hi guys! I’m new to this site and just was looking for an answer to a type of sea life I seen when recently on a trip in Nassau, Bahamas. Does anyone know what this is?

There is a "Name that critter" subforum on SB under the Marine Science and Physiology forum and the audience would be bigger for IDs (for oustside of Cozumel). I have used it and had good results. I believe it will show up under Recent posts like other new forum posts. I am glad you got your answer here.
 
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