I’m so happy to be back in the Bahamas after a summer of repairing and renovating the boat. We checked in at Alice Town, Bimini, then I hiked across the island to snorkel the rocks right off the beach near Sherry’s Beach Bar and CJ’s. Click here to take a look at my previous post about this site. I can visit the same places over and over again and will often see something new, sometimes something I have never seen before.
One of the first things I saw was this octopus. It was sitting out in the open on top a rock. The Common Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is one of the few octopuses that come out during the day. They are masters at camouflage and can change color and body texture instantly.
Exposed corals, algaes and other attached organisms are often cropped short by the wave action and sand scouring. Look in holes, depressions and cracks in the rock to find abundant life on an otherwise “bare” rock.
I also was able to photograph two species of fish that I had never seen before, both were blennies. Blennies are small elongated fish that are found on every reef. They often hop along the rock and rest propped up on their pelvic fins. They feed on algae and small invertebrates.
There are some fish I have wasted gigabytes (thank goodness for digital cameras) trying to photograph because they are small and active. I was elated to finally get a picture of this 1 inch juvenile Dusky Damselfish in spite of the waves and surge.
We don’t stay long in Bimini, just to check in, then we are on our way. This was a great start to a new season of snorkeling and SCUBA diving.