We headed up to the office before snorkelling to talk to the warden about where the best snorkelling spot would be as well as to check in. Up on the deck of the office was at least 50 of the little birds we saw on the way in yesterday. They are called bananaquits and are sugar eaters. I happened to have Oreos in a baggy in the dingy lol so watch and see what happened x].
Ok so the video wont load =[ basically I took the center out of the oreos and I had like 6 birds on my hands at once x].
After we left the office we headed out to a reef and got our gear on and saw 4 HUGE eagle rays with a 4-5’span!! They were use to humans and didn’t mind us at all! We also saw some sharksuckers attached to the eagle rays, some small stingrays, sand tilefish, a few different kinds of squirrelfish (LOL Shelby), some fairy basslets, some Nassau grouper, some yellow jack (I think), different snappers (mahogany and yellowtail), several grunts, lots of angelfish (queen, blue, and lots of gray), some chromis, a few little gobies (not bridled though =[ ), LOTS of bluehead, and tons of parrot fish (from stoplight to queen and blue and rainbow and redband to princess and stripped. I only didn’t see midnight parrotfish), some triggerfish (queen and gray). In coral we saw elkhorn, staghorn, club finger, finger, green cactus, yellow pencil, rough scarlet, smooth starlet, mountainous star, lobed star smooth star, ivory bush and tree, scroll, rose, ribbon, all types of brain, some common sea fans, and a lot of other stuff (the listed things are what I noted we saw in my small coral and fishes book)!! The whole time the Eagle rays circled us (this is where they live and in a non threatening way) cutting back and forth under us on occasion.
We eventually went to check out a few other spots, Emerald Rock and a sunken haul near mooring ball #9 (apparently there is a nurse shark that spends most of its time by the sunken haul). Emerald rock was small but amazingly crowded with fish and even a HUGE lobster. The hull we found and saw another 2 lobsters, one being the bigger than I could have thought possible, but no nurse shark.
Tonight was happy hour aboard Brandaris and as we were sitting chatting a nurse shark came by =]!