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Bonaire Eels dying

Discussion in 'Bonaire' started by BonaireDan, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. BonaireDan

    BonaireDan IDC Staff Instructor

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    Just returned from Bonaire and for the first time noticed dead eels on various dives at fairly shallow depths. Primarily the speckled and green morays it seems. Check out topics on Bonairetalk.com for more details but this observation seemed to start about mid-Spetember. The local marine biologists are starting an investigation and have listed some 15-20 dead eel sightings with dive site, depth, species, etc. Jerry Ligon is apparently taking the lead. Anyone headed to Bonaire should keep an eye out to report specific information to STINAPA and Jerry. On the Omar side of the equation some damage, lots of sand on the reefs, altered entries of course, missing docks, damaged beechside bars (way too bad !) and such.
     
  2. ScubaSteve

    ScubaSteve Wow.....what a DB

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    I too just returned from Bonaire and was fortunate to not have personally seen dead eels laying around. I was warned of it and asked to report any that I found but came accross none thankfully. What I did notice.....I saw almost no moray eels. I only logged 11 dives because of Hurricane Omar (which pretty much started "over" Bonaire), but on those 11 I have a whopping grand total of 4 moray eel sightings. Last year I logged 24 dives and saw probably 5-10 per dive. This really stood out for me. It is sad that this is happening because I think they are a wonderful creature. Hopefully they can figure out exactly what is happening and reverse it quickly.
     
  3. RonFrank

    RonFrank Solo Diver

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    This is some sad news. While Eels are a bit strange, they are beautiful in their own way, and one of my favorite subjects. I hope they can discover what is killing them. I think they can live around 13 years.
     
  4. scuba_drum

    scuba_drum Divemaster

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    I was down on Bonaire the same time ScubaSteve was and I never saw any dead eels. I actually saw some very pretty eels, glad I didn't see any dead ones and hope they find out what the problem is! I love seeing eels, saw a LARGE green moray down by the lighthouse and many others, although small comparatively to other places I've been diving. I saw a bright white moray with black spots on a night dive, it was beautiful. Never seen one so white!
     
  5. herman

    herman Divemaster

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    Hope it's not a big problem. We found a large 6-8 ft green one dead last Aug at Old Blue but that was the only one in 2 weeks of diving.
     
  6. BonaireDan

    BonaireDan IDC Staff Instructor

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    Thanks for the feedback on dying eels on Bonaire. As ScubaSteve said I also saw few green morays on the west side comapared to previous trips. Plenty of green morays on the east side however diving with Larry. Keep an eye on the blogs from Bonairetalk.com for more updates on this issue. It seems there is concern about pollutants from sewage and other run off that may be the problem.
     
  7. JoyfulNoise

    JoyfulNoise Manta Ray

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    I also hope they figure out what is going on. I love spotting eels and often photography and video them. Such beautiful creatures especially if you get lucky and find one swimming. I hope to go to Bonaire next year, I heard wonderful things about the diving there!
     
  8. kmcneer

    kmcneer Assistant Instructor

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    I saw a dead black and white eel at Andria 2 in Sept. But also saw a lot of live white ones a few black and white, and 3 very large green free swimming moray's one at divi house reef and 2 at alice in wonderland.
     
  9. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

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    What has changed that they are now having problems with sewage/runoff?
     
  10. BonaireDan

    BonaireDan IDC Staff Instructor

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    Here is the latest dead eel report from Jerry Ligon, biologist on Bonaire:
    species number dead date dive site
    Spotted Moray 1 12sept08 Buddy's
    Spotted Moray 1 22aug Tolo (Old Blue
    Spotted Moray 22aug Karpata
    Spotted Moray 4 6sept Andrea 2
    Spotted Moray 1 3sept oil slick
    Spotted Moray 1 17sept Bari
    Spotted Moray 1 24sept Bari
    Spotted Moray 1 28sept Bari
    spotted Moray1 1 28sept capt dons
    Spotted Moray 1 30sept bachelor beach
    Spotted Moray 3 6Oct Chez Hine
    Spotted Moray 1 6Oct Jerry's Sponge
    Spotted Moray 1 6Oct Andrea 1
    Spotted Moray 1 8Oct Bari
    Spotted Moray 1 9Oct Some. Special
    spotted Moray1 1 12Oct Jeff Davis
    Spotted Moray 1 17 Oct First after Omar
    spotted Moray1 1 19 Oct Knife
    spotted Moray1 1 20 Oct SW Corner
    Spotted Moray 1 20 Oct Calabas
    Spotted Moray 1 21Oct Angel City Turned in CIEE
    Spotted Moray 2 22Oct East Coast
    Spotted Moray 1 24 Oct Bari
    spotted Moray 1 2 27 Oct Something Sp- CIEE
    Spotted Moray 1 26 Oct Angel City
    Spotted Moray 2 27 Oct 1 turned in CIEE
    Sharp-tail 1 8sept small wall
    Sharp-tail 1 8sept andrea2
    green moray 1 13aug ?
    green moray 1 25sept Ebo's
    green moray 1 30sept donkey beach
    green moray 1 28july witch's hut
    green moray? 1 30sept 1000 steps
    green moray 1 7Oct SW Corner
    green moray 1 ear. Oct South Bay
    viper moray 2 25sept Tory's
    viper moray 1 23sept front porch
    viper moray 1 20sept Andrea 1
    viper moray 1 27 Oct Something Sp-CIEE
    Chain Moray 1 1Oct front porch
    Purple-mouth 1 25 Oct Something Sp- CIEE
    Goldentail 1 Karpata ear. Oct

    Total 50 Through 27 Oct
    NOTE: Few Purple-mouths, Golden-tails, Vipers, Chains on the DEAD list. ALso, I have seen few Yellow-headed Jawfish lately. Are these pertinent bits of the puzzle?? Jerry C Ligon
     

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