We don’t often dive at Pickles Reef because we have so many other spots to pick from, but it’s a great spot when visibility is limited at the usual places. A small Yellow Stingray zipped around us for about an hour, stirring up the bottom and eating whatever little creatures he dug up, and we enjoyed plenty of other marine life with great visibility.
A Trip to the Dentist
A blue striped grunt gets his teeth cleaned by a Pederson’s cleaner shrimp. These little guys are fascinating to watch as they earn their meal by darting around removing parasites and leftovers.
Just Hanging Out
A Sand Diver sits on the bottom waiting for something tasty to swim by. This member of the lizardfish family is an opportunistic predator, eating anything that fits in their mouth.
The Doctor Is In
An Ocean Surgeonfish checks out the camera.
Christmas Tree Farm
A small farm of Christmas Tree Worms on a very large brain coral at Pickles Reef.
Just a pair of eyeballs sticking out – this Patch-Reef Goby blends right in among the black and white specks of the sandy bottom.
The Ocean Vacuum
This Yellow Stingray zipped around us for an hour, stopping to stir up the bottom every minute or so and sucking up whatever little creature he detected there.
Mister Sand Diver found his meal, now he just has to figure out to fit it all in.
File it Away
A scrawled filefish circles the camera wondering if it’s edible.