Being involved in conservation, it seems that we are constantly looking for something out of the ordinary to spark peoples interest. Something to make people say wow, I really want to help support the organizations that are helping to protect the Oceans and aquatic life. It also seems that sometimes words just aren’t enough to get people motivated. Well, I think I might have found something that might just due the trick.
While diving in Grand Cayman we visited a very popular dive site name Devil’s Grotto. This is a great site that we have visited several times before. Due to it’s location, this site can easily be visited while shore diving from Don Fosters Dive Center, or Eden Rock Dive Center. If you stay on the standard dive path, you likely will not see depths much deeper than 45-50 feet. The visibility always seems to be great at this site and with the shallow depths, you get lots of natural light that really makes the reef pop. However, the best part of the dive is called the cathedral. This is a nice long swim through, or actually a set of swim throughs that most divers will have no problem visiting. Due to the random breaks in the cathedral ceiling and wide opening, there typically is plenty of light to help with the navigation.
So, what made the Devil’s Grotto dive so much better on this trip? How about diving the cathedral with millions of Atlantic Silversides filling just about every inch of the swim through? Yes, I said millions. Obviously that is a guess, but I think when you see the video you also will say millions.
While talking with the Don Fosters dive staff, it sounds like we got really lucky to see this rare occurrence. Typically when the silversides visit, they only stay for about one week. When we arrived, they had been there for three weeks. The staff stated that the numbers have dropped, but they are surprised each day they visit the site to see the silversides still there.
So, I highly recommend that you watch the following video that I quickly put together quickly in order to get it out ASAP. If you are in the Grand Cayman area, I highly recommend that you visit Devil’s Grotto soon, as you never know when the silversides will be gone.