While diving in Cozumel Mexico July 13th-19th we saw so many great things underwater. Some of the most fascinating were the sea turtles, nurse sharks, reef sharks, moray eels, grouper, and the beautiful file fish.
The Missing Fish
Typically when diving in the Caribbean I can find many trumpet fish swimming along the reefs. They are fun to watch because when they see you coming they hide by swimming nearly motionless inside the sea rods or other nearby coral where they blend in almost perfectly. They also have the cunning ability to move back and forth with the underwater wave action just like the surrounding soft coral.
Sadly, during this trip I was only able to find a total of two trumpet fish over the 15 dives I completed. Half of those dives were at about 80 feet while the other half were around 40 feet. This made me wonder what was happening to the trumpet fish? Where all the juveniles being eaten by the invasive lion fish? Were they in deeper water due to the warm 83-85 degree water temperatures? Were they off to a special trumpet fish hideout?
I don’t yet know the answers to these questions, but I hope to find out soon. By all means, if any of our readers have any ideas why less trumpet fish were spotted in Cozumel please let me know by posting your comments.
The good news is we did have some amazing dives and I was able to catch some great footage with my GoPro Hero2 equipped with a Backscatter Flip2 filter. I am absolutely amazed by how good these little cameras work so I thought I should share some of my favorite clips. Soon I will be adding another post that will include photos and videos captured with my much larger Nikon camera.