December 30, 2007 - December 31, 2007 - January 1, 2008 - January 2, 2008 - January 3, 2008
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January 4, 2008: Cayman Islands

A D2D New Years 2008: Cayman Islands dive
"Jax Dax (GC)"
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Last day of diving ...
Diving off of the Caymans:
  • Directions from Tampa: See your travel agent. All three islands offer great diving opportunities.
  • Conditions on the day of my visit: Cloudy

  • Personal Notes: Two dives on a site called Jax Dax. Nice, relatively shallow reef.

    Dinner that night was at "Casanova's", which didn't provide good service to our large group. I can't willingly recommend it.

Pictures!

Jax Dax (GC)
Not the most cooperative subject I've had, this is a Juvenile Longfin Damselfish.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Barred Hamlet. He was also very shy and it took some maneuvering, and dare I say chasing, to get this angle on him.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
I got a few shots of this Spotted Moray, and some are actually better lighted, but since he stuck a good portion of his body out, I figured I'd post this shot.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
A Banded Coral Shrimp.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
A Peppermint Goby. I suspect my strobes were running low on battery power. I also didn't want to get too close to him and spook him.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
He doesn't have an saddles, but I don't know what other kind of Blenny this could be.
Sharknose Goby.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
I think this is a Masked or Glass Goby.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Pedersen Cleaner Shrimp.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Juvenile Drum. Again, not always easy to shoot. They stay in their area, but they move a lot - usually in a figure eight, but with some random variations that can make predicting their position difficult. One of the coolest looking fish though.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro


Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
393 Jax Dax (GC) 49 feet 35 min. 78 F
394 Jax Dax (GC) 48 feet 75 min. 77 F
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