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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Horsing around at PG

In addition to the rare and wonderful sighting of a Manta Ray there have been many unusual incidental sightings here at Punta Gruesa this phase. During a spot dive on Saturday a group of divers discovered a Longsnout Seahorse (Hippocampus reidi) hidden on the stem of a dead Gorgonian. This caused much excitement as seahorse sightings are a rare occurrence and some species are currently on the endangered species list. They are greatly sought after for use in Chinese medicine and the aquarium trade. Luckily for us this little one seemed safe on our reef and was more than happy to pose for many photographs.

We have also been privileged to see Spotted Eagle Rays, Nurse sharks, Stingrays, Turtles, and the beautiful yet dangerous Lionfish. Sadly sightings of the Lionfish are becoming a regular occurrence with them being seen on nearly every dive. GVI Mexico staff have attended some regional workshops on the management of this invasive species and attempts are being made to control their population numbers.