Shark Ray Alley

I fall into the waves and a swarm of horse-eye jacks. A breath later I am fifteen feet below the surface. Stingrays glide beneath my legs and a nurse shark bumps against my hand. A white tube filled with chum lays in the dense sea grass prompting my company.
 
We are at Shark Ray Alley after having spent the early afternoon at Holchan. Both are preserved areas complete with fees and rangers. Unlike at the other sites we’ve visited, the marine life associates the sound of a motor with a food handout. They only remain where food is present. Having a shark brush up against one, to an extent, loses its charm when it is known they’re searching for food. However, when else would we have been able to gain such friendly proximity?
 

Day IV

  1. Christmas tree worm, Spirobranchus giganteus
  2. green moray eel, Gymnothorax funebris
  3. great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda
  4. hermit crab, Paguristes sp.
  5. cubera snapper, Lutjanus cyanopterus
  6. rock beauty, Holacanthus tricolor
  7. southern stingray, Dasyatis americana
  8. horse-eye jack, Caranx latus
  9. branching fire coral, Millipore alcicornis
  10. sharksucker remora, Echeneis naucrates
  11. common octopus, Octopus vulgaris
  12. graysby, Cephalopholis cruentata
  13. queen triggerfish, Balistes vetula
  14. dog snapper, Lutjanus jocu
  15. black grouper, Mycteroperca bonaci

 

Best,

Grace

 

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A stingray at Shark Ray Alley with horse-eye jack and blue tang.
A stingray in the seagrass.
a view of the seagrass from the side of a nurse shark.