"Rocky" Reefs

I slide into the refreshing water and spot a ray before I manage to  take my first breath. I swim after it and marvel at the relaxed way it glides through the water, barely sending a ripple through.

We are getting our sea legs at Mata Rocks this afternoon. Shortly, we  will continue our adventure at an unnamed spot just out from Mexico Rocks. Today, the coral polyps have vanished with the clouds so the reef seems a different world from the one we explore yesterday.

Tonight, we continue our identification game noting that our skills have already improved from our first round.


Day II

  • Smooth trunkfish, Lactophrys triqueter
  • Star horseshoe worm, Pomatostegus stellatus
  • Rainbow parrotfish (juvenile), Scarus guacamaia
  • Stoplight parrotfish (terminal), Sparisoma viride
  • Foureye butterflyfish, Chaetodon capistratus
  • Gray angelfish, Pomacanthus arcuatus
  • Carribean spiny lobster, Panulirus argus
  • Peacock flounder, Bothus lunatus
  • Spotted moray eel, Gymnothorax moringa
  • Spotted eagle ray, Aetobatus narinari
  • Spotted trunkfish (juvenile), Lactophrys bicaudalis
  • Spotted goatfish, Pseudupeneus maculatus
  • Web burrfish, Chilomycterus antillarum
  • French angelfish (intermediate), Pomacanthus paru
  • Queen angelfish, Holacanthus ciliaris

Tomorrow we will miss the reef but will enjoy a day to relax or journey to the heart of San Pedro.



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The reef at Mata Rocks
A dusky damselfish (Stegastes adustus) darting through the reef.
The southern stingray (Dasyatis americana) of Mata Rocks.