Scuba diving at Marker 32 Reef, June 30, 2010

Note: The Deepwater Horizon disaster was ongoing at the time of this visit to the Keys, and while we were there we had the feeling that what we were looking at could soon be destroyed or seriously damaged by the huge oil slick a few hundred miles to the west. Fortunately, this did not happen.

Pillar corals (Dendrogyra cylindricus)

First Colony Pillar corals (Dendrogyra cylindricus) as seen in the video above
Second Colony
Second Colony
Third Colony
Endangered Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus)
Gray Angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus)
A large barracuda (Sphyraena)
A stoplight parrotfish, initial phase (Sparisoma viride) and other unidentified fish feeding in sand
Yellowtailed Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus) over some sand rippleS
A small green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
(photo contrast enhanced)
A Caribbean barrel sponge (Xestospongia muta), looking down into the center
A large spiny lobster (Panulirus argus)

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