Clear Blue

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We checked out of Columbia to start our sail north and stopped in Low Cay on the way for a few days of snorkeling bliss, anchored inside the barrier reef with Providencia in the background. 




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The waters were as clear as we'd ever seen.  Bahamas clear.  That type of visibility makes for bright colors above and below the water.  



Hours were spent in the water hovering around endless pristine reefs, so many that we had to leave some to explore on a future return trip.  








Gray angelfish were now grazing around in herds.   



They would swim so close that I thought for sure that they wanted me to join in with them.  








The rock beauties remained shy.  But still, like many fish and especially the juveniles, curiosity gets the better of them and they turn around to see why this big floating pair of eyes in a mask are following them.



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A cute saddled blenny stopped over to say hello and a banded soldierfish was melancholic about his isopod issue.


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Mark found a lobster nest with at least one decent sized lobster, while I came across a territorial battle between two male grasby's fighting to be king of the reef.  They laid on top of each other posturing for some time and then, in a flash of sand, lashed out at each other with wide grouper-mouths.  And repeat.




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A new fish turned up in abundance here, the black durgeon.  Swimming sleek and triggerfish-like, bright blue lines define their vertical fins.  


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Spotting a triplefin on a shallow piece of coral and a nearby giant anemone, I was able to feed my blenny and shrimp photography obsessions.  


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There were plenty of 1/2" bright blue dots poking out of coral heads, flashing even brighter blue spots.  Like most juveniles, they were hyperactive and squirting about every which way.  After many chances and lots of pixels spent, I finally got a photo of the tiny iridescent jewelfish (juvenile yellowtail damselfish) that wasn't just a blue blur.  



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