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UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY | Southern stingray

Carriacou | Grenada
DIVE LOG:
LOCATION:
Carriacou
DIVE SITE:
Sharky's Hideaway
DEPTH:
13 metres
SPECIES:
Dasyatis americana
COMMON NAME:
Southern stingray

This reef starts to the north of Mabouya island then heads west around it's base with mostly shallow sections that slope down to 23 metres. Coral growth is good and the topography is interesting with large boulders and small caverns breaking up the reef.

The caverns were full of were copper sweepers, reef lobsters, spiny lobsters and lots of fish. Towards tend of the reef is a bowl that was heaving with waves of baitfish and a school of chubbs chasing them. The reef then flattens a little into a series of gullies where we found slipper lobsters, a small turtle and a school of squid before we met this grey southern stingray, which was about two metres long and metre wide.

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