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First Dives in Coiba

Photo:A frogfish was one of the highlights of a dive at Englaise in Coiba Marine Park

This morning the divers explored the shallower parts of the marine park, we found white tip reef sharks, moray eels, several varieties of reef fish, puffers, triggerfish, parrot fish, moorish idols, hawkfish, blennies and many more. We also spotted several lobsters which Sylvia noted was a good sign of less human pressure. But the star of the dive was a yellow frogfish, one of the most bizarre creatures in the ocean! In the afternoon we tried to find whale sharks in an area Hector and Kevyn have been tagging them, Isla Canal de Afuera, but they were a no show so we spent the last hour of light combing the rocks and corals for creatures to photograph, climbing back into the boat just after sunset and enjoyed a beautiful ride in the tender back to Ethereal sharing stories and photos of what we saw.

An evening on an expedition these days is usually spent in the lounge with people around thier computers editing photos, and writing blogs, Bill calls it “the modern campfire”. Wrenching us away from them can be difficult and dinners got to be really late, but eventually we all gathered outside around a table under the moonlight for a magnificent dinner and a rich exchange of ideas.



  1. Roberto
    March 16, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Strange and eye-catching that frogfish is.