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Grouper Moon Project Strives to Save the Endangered Nassau Grouper

Grouper Moon Project Strives to Save the Endangered Nassau Grouper
During the coming winter full moon, in late January and early February, the normally solitary and territorial Nassau grouper will travel a long way to gather at spawning sites. Watching the activity carefully (as they have been doing for more than a decade) will be marine scientists and researchers of the Grouper Moon Project, a collaboration of the Cayman Islands Department of Environment (DOE) and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). The Grouper Moon Project had its beginnings in 2002 after an estimated 2000 fish were taken from the unprotected Little Cayman site. To reduce fishing pressure and allow the Department of Environment to monitor the site, Cayman’s Marine Conservation Board implemented an alternate-year fishing strategy. In 2003 based on Nassau grouper population numbers, the decision was made to impose an 8-year ban on fishing the aggregations. The ban was extended in late 2011 and is set to expire in 2019....
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Sea Turtles: Protecting the Beloved Symbol of the Cayman Islands

Sea Turtles: Protecting the Beloved Symbol of the Cayman Islands
Nesting season highlights the need to protect sea turtles now and focuses the community’s attention on what needs to be done for the future. An encounter with a sea turtle is always high on the wish list of every visiting diver to the Cayman Islands, and they are very rarely disappointed. The sea creature recognized as the national symbol of the Cayman Islands almost always makes an appearance during a dive, sometimes more than once, fulfilling expectations of any dive enthusiast. Cayman waters have a relatively healthy population of hawksbill and the green turtles, and local divemasters say they can count on spotting at least one sea turtle per dive to keep guests happy. Sometimes, as many as four turtles swim by to check out the excited divers. “Close encounters with turtles big or small always put a smile on our diver’s faces,” says Ocean Frontiers Divemaster 'The Hobbit'. “As divemasters we urge our divers to enjoy their...
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Silver Rush Diving - Cayman Summer Time!

Silver Rush Diving - Cayman Summer Time!
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – During the Summer when the coastal waters warm up, swarms of Atlantic Silversides, small schooling fish, pack Grand Cayman’s meandering reef caves, caverns and swim-throughs lit up by beams of streaming sunlight. It’s a seasonal migration that creates a unique dive experience eagerly anticipated by local divers, photographers and dive companies. The arrival time of the silversides, length of stay and the multitude of fish vary from year to year, but typically the schools are enormous. At peak times silversides completely fill the caverns and gullies of specific dive sites like Grouper Grotto and Snapper Hole, delighting divers who swim through the silver masses. “It is an amazing experience to dive in the silversides,” says prominent underwater photographer and marine biologist Dr. Alex Mustard. “I love it and when there are huge schools filling the caverns and canyons on the reefs I will spend my entire...
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The Shark and the Goddess

The Shark and the Goddess
Cayman Islands diving never fails to pack a few surprises. For dive instructor, photographer and sea nerd Colin Bristow, yesterday was a pretty darn good day. Sharks, four of them, at Black Rock drop-off. Three Caribbean reef sharks and a surprise visit from a good-sized hammerhead, which buzzed the group as we glided along the wall at 100 feet. Not to be topped by that, a Gold Line Sea Goddess made an appearance at Fish Tank. There’s no debate – as between the two sightings Colin was way more excited with the tiny nudibranch. Shark or Goddess, which would you choose? [photo by istolethetv]
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Parlez-vous Shark?

Parlez-vous Shark?
Love Cayman? Love sharks? Stuck stateside? Have I got a destination for you. There’s a lively Facebook group devoted to shark (and cetacean) issues in the Cayman Islands. It’s open to all and is a great place to meet your fellow shark-o-philes. And since I know you know that Cayman’s fabled stingrays are close relatives of sharks, they get a fair amount of air time as well.  This is well worth some browsing time! https://www.facebook.com/groups/179564476554/
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