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December 28, 2004: Caribbean Explorer II

A D2D New Years 2005: Saba - St. Kitts dive
"Tedran Wall (Saba)" - "Dave's Drop Off (Saba)" - "Tent Reef (Saba)"

I started feeling the effects of what I say was allergies - but could have been a cold. I still managed to get some dives in this day ...
Diving aboard the CEXII:
  • Directions from Tampa: Talk to Ultimate Dive Travel at
  • Conditions on the day of my visit: Sunny.

  • Personal Notes: Tedran Wall not a lot of folks were impressed by. Dave's Drop Off and Tent Reef were pretty good - in fact, I think I spotted a female Blue Throated Pikeblenny on Tent Reef, but no one with a decent camera got close enough. I have pictures, but as you'll see it's hard to make out that it's there, much less what it is.


When using a video camera for still shots, it can be interesting to get bad shots of things, yet still be happy that you at least got the shot.
Tedran Wall (Saba)
This blenny was in a fairly dark spot and I wanted to get his natural coloring, so I took the red filter off and used my flashlight.
Dave's Drop Off (Saba)
I am surprised I could not identify this fish. It should have been easy to find in the ID book but oh well.
This is a Honey Comb Cowfish. They are usually not too skittish until you start looking at them and aim a camera their directly.
This crab was out and about but darted into a hole before I could call anyone else over and show them.
Sand Divers will usually allow you to get very close before they move from their spot.
Cowfish can be shy when you are trying to photograph them.
Smooth Trunkfish are usually too busy eating to pose for you.
Tent Reef (Saba)
Here is a garden of Garden Eels.
There are the antennae of a Snapping Shrimp poking out of this corkscrew anemonie. When they snap, if I recall correctly, they shoot a jet of water at high speed. Supposedly getting hit by it at close range stings. So I never did get one out far enough to get a photograph of one.
Eels were spotted on most dives. This is a Goldentail, with a Brown Chromis wondering what I am photographing.
Here he is looking a little calmer and without the nosy neighbors.
Near as I can guess, this is a female Blue Throated Pike Blenny. However, she was very shy and did not have the distinctive coloration of the male of the species.
Here she is out a little farther, but at a bad angle.
A couple of Bicolor Coneys on the rock that the mooring is on would not leave this poor little eel alone. According to someone on the boat, they were interested in stealing anything he ate.
But it was odd behavior, almost like bullying. They would not let him out too far to get away, but then they would not attack him either.
I think he should have just bit them on the ass.

Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
286 Tedran Wall (Saba) 109 feet 43 min. 81 F
287 Dave's Drop Off (Saba) 67 feet 57 min. 81 F
288 Tent Reef (Saba) 52 feet 58 min. 81 F
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