Salt Pier

Hawksbill Turtle

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Hawksbill Turtle
Dominica (Witch’s Point) – 1/15/2017 & Bonaire (Salt Pier) – 5/15/2013
Do you know the difference between a Hawksbill Turtle and a Green Turtle? Neither did we! After looking at the ten different pictures that we took of this turtle, we determined it was a Hawksbill Turtle because it has a claws on its flippers. Here is a cheat sheet that we found on how to tell the difference between these similar looking turtles: http://www.daveharasti.com/articles/speciesspotlight/turtles.html

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Social Featherduster

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Social Featherduster
Bonaire (Salt Pier) – 5/15/2013

Spanish Hogfish

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Spanish Hogfish
Bonaire (Salt Pier and Angel City) – 5/15/2013

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Dominica (Scott’s Head Dropoff) – 1/16/2017

Tarpon

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Tarpon
Bonaire (Salt Pier) – 5/15/2013
My brother-in-law, Don, would have loved to fish here – Tarpon is he favorite game fish to catch and there was a whole pack of them hanging out under the pier.

Azure Vase Sponge

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Azure Vase Sponge
Dominica (Dangleben’s North) – 1/17/2017 & Bonaire (Salt Pier) – 5/15/2013

Bad Behavior

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Who doesn’t enjoy a good beer? (or in this case a not so great one…sorry Heineken fans)  Regardless of your beer taste, this is not where your empty bottle should end up.  While it looks like the reef has adopted this bottle as a part of the coral, it certainly is not healthy for the overall well-being of the reef.

Feeding Frenzy of Doctorfish

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Feeding Frenzy of Doctorfish

Bonaire (Salt Pier) – 5/15/2013
This is a feeding frenzy of Doctorfish, which are distinguished from other surgeonfish by the bars on their bodies. Doctorfish can change from blue-gray to dark brown, and pale or darken dramatically. They will generally turn a paler color near the sandy bottom and darker closer to the reef.

Notice the Trumpetfish on the left that has decided to get in on the action by camouflaging itself to appear more like a Doctorfish so that it can scavenge and grab any loose morsels left behind.