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Quick St Croix Pier Observations

Discussion in 'Lesser Antilles' started by TN Traveler, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. TN Traveler

    TN Traveler Contributor

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    Took some friends snorkeling at the Pier yesterday. The amount of sea life has increased. Lots of schools of everything you can imagine plus several Turtles and Rays.

    the squid schools are still there and this time I had a camera with me. they are not great but....

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  2. divesergeant

    divesergeant Solo Diver

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    Nice TN, that’s some serious squiddage! They are cool to see and sometimes seem as curious about divers as we are about them.
     
  3. rmorgan

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    TN, please arrange for them to hang around until next Wednesday. Thanks!
     
  4. TN Traveler

    TN Traveler Contributor

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    Sorry - gonna pack them in my suitcase and take them back to TN with me on Thursday. Put them in my swimming pool so I can have something to swim with. :p:p

    Seriously, they have been there since January - sometimes the numbers are large, sometimes there are only a few - but you need to check out all along the rocks from the Pier to the exit - they move around.

    The number of Turtles is increasing.
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  5. rmorgan

    rmorgan ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    We’re going to dive and snorkel it a few times. Your observations have been a good warmup. How far out were you going?
     
  6. Jake 10

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    thanks for the report on the wildlife
     
  7. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Don’t forget to night dive too, lots of octopus and basically everything on the fish chart when I went years ago, (6 months after a hurricane severely damaged everything on the island.)
     
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  8. TN Traveler

    TN Traveler Contributor

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    The Turtles (and rays) are hanging out around the far dolphin. The squid are along the rocks. All are an easy swim from shore. And there is an abundance of sea life both along the rocks and at the dolphin - schools of juveniles of all types.

    If you can - a night dive at the Pier is a great experience - octopus galore and more.
     
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  9. TN Traveler

    TN Traveler Contributor

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    A quick update:

    The squid are gone - replaced by huge schools of minnows/threadrin shad all along the rocks. They are so dense you often cannot see the bottom 12 feet below.

    Turtles are still abundant (and friendly) and the variety of sea life has increased - angel fish, eagle rays, large parrot fish are hanging out in the area.
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  10. rmorgan

    rmorgan ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    We saw this squad in mid-April--they must've grown up and moved on.

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    Also, this blurry band of tiny drummers . . .

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    The Pier is all it's cracked up to be; we did five dives and a snorkel there.
     
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