Thursday July 9th 2015
When we eventually were ready we headed off to do a couple of beach hops on the North Coast–Mt.Irvine, Stonehaven Bay and Courland Bay. The latter two had that combination of sand and rocky headland with coral that are best for snorkelling and the fish were marvellous. At the first stop we saw baby Reef Squid, a Stingray with a tail about five feet long and an Octopus camouflaged on the rocks. Sea Urchins galore.
Saw three of these together! French Angelfish.
Many different corals with well-known brain corals especially.
Blue Headed Wrasse
At the second stop the sand was black from the basalt volcanic rocks and of course the beauty conscious had to cover themselves in it! Among the sands and coral here were massive shoals of silver fish and one small fish that was so exquisite I must find a photo of it*. It had an orange back of head, bluish-silver body and translucent blue spots and a couple of bigger black and blue translucent spots!
* This is the closest I found…
Joseph and Chris
What a dish!
Very fine black volcanic sand. Good for the skin!?