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The royal gramma or fairy basslet, Gamma loreto, is a member of the family Grammidae. Although only three inches when fully grown, the vibrant purple...

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The cod-like cusk, Brosome brosome, is a member of the family Lotidae. Found on both sides of the North Atlantic in deep cold waters, these...

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The Atlantic mackerel, Scomber scombrus, is found in tremendous and sustainable numbers in the temperate waters of the Mediterranean, Black Sea, and the northern...

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Cod, Gadus morhua, is the most important fish in the history of the world. As outlined in Mark Kurlansky’s book simply entitled 'Cod', he points...

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The fluke or summer flounder, Platichthys dentatus, of the family Plueronectidae (toothed flounders), resides in coastal waters from Nova Scotia to the Carolinas. Like all...

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The black sea bass, Centropristis striata, is a member of the Serranidae family. Ranging from Maine to Florida, these fish migrate to coastal waters towards...

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The garden eel, Heteroconger halis, from the family Congridae, is a relatively shallow dweller and diminutive member of the conger eel group. Growing to just...

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The spotted drum, Equetus punctatus, is a member of the family Sciaenidae. This fish is a nocturnal plankton feeder, sparingly found in about 50-foot depths...

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The flame scallop, Lima scabra, is a brightly-coloured bivalve, and although it can 'swim' like a scallop, it is more closely related to a...

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Bigeye tuna, Thunnus obesus, is a fast-growing and agile predator that can reach eight feet and 400 pounds. Due to its high-fat content, it is...

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The spotlight parrotfish is aptly named because this species, Sparisoma viride, has a red and green color phase In fact, it was thought to be...

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The largest of all groupers, the goliath, Epinephelus itajara, can reach eight feet in length and 1,000 pounds, placing it at the top of...

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Gorgonians, or soft corals, are prevalent in certain high-energy zones of Cayman’s reefs. Although they exist in many shapes, sizes, and colours, they have a...

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Porcupinefish belong to the family Diodontidae and are often lumped together with pufferfish from a different family - the Tetraodontidae. Both families are toxic. Porcupinefish...

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The wahoo, Acanthocybium solandri, is a spectacular, silver-blue, missile-like fish capable of 60 mph speeds. It can be found all around the world in tropical...

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Lionfish, Pterois volitans, although native to other side of the world, are very popular in North American aquariums. Twenty-five or so years ago, someone released...

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Most people in our region have never seen or even heard of a pomfret. These fish are midwater denizens of the deep, preferring 1,500 feet...

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The tiger grouper, Mycteroperca tigris, is the most common grouper on Cayman's reefs. These fish can be found in a wide area of the ocean,...

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The French angelfish, Pomacanthus paru, grows to about one foot in length and can be found in waters from the Bahamas to Brazil. Its striking...

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The Bermuda chub, Kyphosus sectatrix, can be found in waters from Cape Cod to Brazil. These foot-long fish are often seen swimming in large schools...

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Also known as the West Indian spider crab, Mithrax spinosissimus, the channel crab is a more delicious relative of the Alaskan king crab, covering...

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The trumpetfish, Aulostomus maculatus, has an elongated body and snout with an upturned predatory mouth. These fish can grow to about three feet in length...

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The hawksbill turtle, Eretmochely imbricate - so named because of its narrow, hawk-like beak - is the most common turtle found in Cayman waters. It...

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The mutton snapper, Lutjanus analis, is associated with reefs from Bermuda to Brazil, although it is most commonly found in the Bahamas, southern Florida,...

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The spotted eagle ray, Aetobatus narinari, is found worldwide in tropical waters. It can live up to 25 years and grow to 10 feet across...

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Several species from the family Antherinidae are found in Cayman waters, although the hardhead silverside, Antherinomorus stipes dominates. Four inches in length when fully mature,...

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There are three species of flamingo tongue snails found in Cayman waters, with Cyphoma gibbosum the most common. Like other cowrie gastropods, their shells are...

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Spirobranchus giganteus giganteus, or Christmas Tree Worm, is one of the most conspicuous and beautiful tube worms on the reef. A person would indeed find...

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The long-snouted seahorse, Hippocampus reidi (greek: horse/sea monster), which shares the family Syngnathidae with pipefish, is found from Brazil to North Carolina. It can be...

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One of our most common large fish, Caranx latus, is in the jack family. It is a powerful silver fish with a large dark...

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One of my favourite marine creatures, the Scrawled Filefish (Aluterus scriptus), beams with bright blue iridescent patterns. Usually found in pairs, these fish are not...

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