Tres Cocos

After slipping on blue masks and fins, we  enter the water at Tres Cocos. The rain falls from an overcast sky,  making for a chilly first experience along the reef. The comparative  darkness has made the coral polyps visible and lends the entire reef a  fuzzy experience.

Tonight we begin to play a fish identification game with rules dictating that every night after we snorkel we must each share a fish we saw that day. The fish must be  verified by another person. We may not repeat any organism that has been said before. We are allowed to qualify a different development stage (juvenile, terminal, et cetera).  Most marine life apart from fish, such as coral, is acceptable.


Day I

  1. black durgon, Melichthys niger
  2. yellow boxfish, Ostracion cubicus
  3. yellowtail damselfish (juvenile), Microspathodon chrysus
  4. stoplight parrotfish (juvenile), Sparisoma viride
  5. yellow mojarra, Gerres cinereus
  6. blue tang (terminal), Acanthurus coeruleus
  7. corky sea finger coral, Briareum asbestinum
  8. porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix
  9. banded butterflyfish, Chaetodon striatus
  10. schoolmaster snaper, Lutjanus apodus
  11. yellowtail snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus
  12. yellowtail damselfish (terminal), Microspathodon chrysus
  13. fragile saucer coral, Agaricia fragilis
  14. longspine squirrelfish, Holocentrus rufus
  15. medusa worm, Loimia medusa





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Branched finger coral (Porites furcata) with visible polyps.
Student Jessica Carpenter with the shell of a red heart urchin (Meoma ventricosa).
A wave rolling over the reef of Tres Cocos.