Divemaster / Instructor: Henry / Ray
Weather: Perfect day to head far south
Water Temperature: 79 degrees
Site: Devil’s Throat
Max Depth: 125 feet
Dive Time: 40 minutes
Key Animals: Giant Channel Crab
Visibility: 100+ feet outside the throat
Notes: For both David and Will the Devil’s Throat was a bucket-list dive. The combination of good weather and expereinced divers allowed us the chance to tick that box off. I took the divers right into the belly of the devil while Ray waited outside. Once at our max depth Ray lead the group back up and in and around the swiss cheese reef structure. Dave thought it was a nice dive but would rather do Colombia, Will was sold that it was an incredible bucket-list dive.
Site: Yucab Wall
Max Depth: 84 feet
Dive Time: 56 minutes
Key Animals: Boga, Oceanic Triggerfish
Visibility: 100+ feet
Notes: We followed up DT’s with Yucab Wall. That’s a dive I haven’t done in a long, long time as I usually bring my divers to Yucab reef, the inner portion, which is shallow and promises long dive times. The current was moving nicely so it became a solid drift dive and along the path we came across a huge school of Boga, also called Snit or Bommetmouth. It was neat to watch the huge Mutton Snapper and Black Groupers patrolling in the open water – no doubt the reason for the huge school of Boga clinging to the reef. One thing I love to watch is Divemaster Ray welcome the fish to his reef (see photo). I’m not sure Ray realizes he does this but anytime he sees something special he swims with open arms. I’ll try to document it in future blogs. It’s just his love of diving and the reefs shining through and I love it! Watch for a future video of the schooling Boga. Oh almost forgot… for about 5 minutes we had a never ending school of Oceanic Triggerfish. Watch for that video, too!
Haemulon vittatum, the Boga.
Canthidermis maculata, the Oceanic Triggerfish
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