Thursday, January 21, 2010

Snorkeling at Seven Mile Beach (Jan 21, 2010)

First day using my new camera. It was pretty murky out there today. I still got some alright shots. Look how murky it was.
This is a silver pompano. Pretty cool. I guess they taste good too.This is a pretty good picture of a blue-headed wrasse.
This isn't that good of a picture but, I really like this fish. It's blue spots are really shiny. It's a juvenile jewel damselfish. I was able to find this fish's name by visiting this forum. This fish hang around fire coral (brush your skin against this coral and you'll understand why it got it's name!).This fish is red. It's called a Glass Eye Squirrelfish. I found this out from a wiki site. It has plenty of fish ID's. Check it out here! Another cool site to ID fish is
This fish is blue. It's called a Blue Tang Surgeonfish.

This copper, hatchet shaped fish is called a glassy sweeper.

Kind of got carried away with all the picture this post. Guess I was excited to have an underwater camera again. I still haven't got the chance to use it in water with good visibility. Also, I have yet to use it while scuba diving. I guess that there's a bunch of shallow dive sites around the Cayman's so I should get to use it soon.

Seven Mile Beach (Jan 8, 2010)

Broken Camera! Water got in....

I showed up to the beach and the water looked crystal. Check it out!
In my excitement, I ran into the water before making sure that the hatches to the inside of my camera were closed. Before I knew it, bubbles where pouring out the side of my camera and I knew it was too late.So, I bought a new camera! My new camera is the same model as my broken one except this time I got black.

I think I've learned my lesson and won't be so hasty with this new one....I still want to see how deep it can go! (manufacturer says only 33ft but, I know someone who went 45ft and said it was still cool)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Snorkeling at Seven Mile Beach (Jan 6, 2010)


It was kind of wavy out there today so, the turbidity was pretty high. Therefore, poor vis. Check out the beach. You can kind of see the reef where I was snorkl'n.First day using my new camera and got some alright picts. I'll post the few things I did see even though they are kind of crappy. Just want to get this blog started! Also, I am in no way an ichthyologist so If I named some fish inappropriately, feel free to correct me (leave a comment)

Here we go:
This here fish is a reef needlefish. It kind of looks like a barracuda but it ain't.
Here we have a lobster. It was a big one. Some people say Caribbean lobster don't taste as good as Maine lobsters. I can't really tell the difference, not that I'm an expert lobster taster or anything.This looks like a school of surgeon fish. They were purple. You can see how cloudy it was out there.....

Got me an Underwater Camera!

Hey underwater fans! I recently received a new camera that goes underwater. The model is the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000.
Seems like a pretty dope camera so far. However, it only goes about 33 ft deep. I got this camera instead of one that goes deeper because the deeper ones are very expensive (link to expensive underwater camera cases). Since a lot of scuba goes deeper that 33ft, the majority of the blog posts will be from snorkling. Some will be from scuba....we'll see how tuff this puppy really is!

I never read the instruction manual for this thing but, one tip I can tell you is that, you should make sure to clear any air bubbles from the lens before snapping picts because air can get caught in the view finder when the camera is submerged through the surface of the water (observe the following botched photo):