My favorite part of scuba diving is seeing the aquatic life. Their movements, color and the way they swim is a thing of beauty. Ove the last decade, I've become very interesting in correctly identifying the fish I see and I've been trying to keep a running list of the animals I have seen underwater. Sometimes I carry an underwater slate and write down the markings I see on fish so I can identify them later. Bars- are vertical lines that go up and down on a fish Stripes- are horizontal lines Bands- are diagonal lines or markings Spots- are circular Splotches or blotches- are markings with an irregular shape Occellated Spots- are spots that are encircled by another color or have a ring around them. They are often used as a decoy eye to confuse other fish or to camoflage the fish. We recently took a group of Dive Addicts on a trip to Cozumel, Mexico. It was a nice trip with some relaxing drift dives. We dove at Tormentos, Chakanaub, Palancar Gardens, Delilah, Columbia, Cedar Gardens, and Santa Rosa Walls. The Columbia and Santa Rosa Walls were my favorite. There was some beautiful orange soft coral and yellow sponges and some great swim throughs. There was a lot of life on these reefs and we had quite a fish list going by the end of the trip. We saw a lot of turtles, eels and lobster.
Come of the fish we saw in Cozumel included: Graysby, Gray Angelfish, Tiger Grouper, Four-eye Butterfly Fish, Juvenille Spotted Drum (my favorite), Banded Butterfly Fish, Queen Angelfish, Great Baracuda, Trumpet Fish, Fairy Basslet, French Angelfish, Doctorfish, Sargent Major, Blue Tang, French Grunt, Ocean Surgeonfish, Rock Beauty, Bicolor Danselfish, Yellow Head Wrasse, Smooth Trunkfish, Filefish, Bluehead, Spotlight Parrotfish, Juvenille Midnight Damsel, Smallmouth Grunt, Blue Runner, Bluehead Wrasee. Juvenille French Angel, Yellow Tang, Needlefish, Midnight Parrotfish, Permit, Ocean Trigerfish, Highhat, Honeycomb Cowfish, Spotfin Butterfly Fish, Squirrelfish, Peacock Flouder, Porcupine Fish, Cowfish, Scrawled Filefish, Spiny Lobster, Banded Coral Shrimp, Jellyfish, Green Turtle, Arrow Crab, Black Durgon, Black Grouper, Bar Jack, Tuna, Nassau Grouper, Red lipped Bleny, Sargassum Triggerfish, Glasseye Snapper, Bermuda Chub, Green Morray Eel, Spotted Marray Eel, Nurse Shark, Loggerhead Turtle, Splendid Toad Fish, Lesser Electric Ray, Southern Stingray, Yellow Stingray, Viper Morray Eel, Soitted Trunkfish, Ballonfish, Harlequin Bass, Tabacco Fish, Yellowtail Damselfish, Blue Chromis, and School master. For a quick test on your knowledge of fish go here: http://www.reef.org/resources/quizzes For a photo gallery of common fish go here: http://www.reef.org/resources/galleries