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Posted 16 March 2010 - 03:44 PM

Trip Report – February 20 – 27, 2010 – Part 2

Monday morning was the first dive day. Met Pancho and the other divers at the Caleta marina just south of town. We dove the Palancar gardens, then Punta Tunich. I love the Palancar dives. The coral formations at the gardens are not as massive as the caverns and the horseshoe, but they are still impressive.

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Not a lot of fish at the gardens, but here are a couple from the second dive at Punta Tunich

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Monday afternoon, Chris did her intro/resort course on diving at the Paradise Reef right next to the Caleta marina. After the training, she and Greg and Pancho did a practice dive at the reef. She was blown away by the whole experience. Monday night we again had dinner at home.

Tuesday morning we all did a dive together, Chris and Greg, me, Pancho, and the other couple who were diving with us this week. We dove at Chankanaab shallows and Balones. Chris had a great diving experience and hopes to complete her certification sometime. The separated coral heads at the Balones were very pretty. Lots and lots of marine life. Unfortunately we saw several large adult lionfish, one each protecting their coral head. Can’t imagine what will happen to the coral if some way of controlling them is not found.

Here’s Chris and Greg on their dive.

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Here is a shot of the famous toad fish, found only in Cozumel. Usually you only see its snout and whiskers sticking out from underneath a ledge or little cave. This one was urged to come out and play ever so gently by our dive master.

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Here's a hot of a fish on one of the Balones coral heads. The Balones is an area in front of Chankanaab park where there are these pillars/mounds of coral heads with sandy space between them. Its like moving for kiosk to kiosk as you explore each of the 'balones'.

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Also, found a lobster walking between coral heads across the white sand bottom.

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(continued in part 3)

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