Caribbean Archives

Yellowline Arrow Crab
Stuart Wynne 2nd October 2022 No Comments

The Yellowline Arrow Crab (Stenorhynchus seticornis) is one of the strangest crabs I have yet to encounter. Spider-like in appearance, these very relaxed and often friendly crustaceans live under small rocky overhangs and crevices, picking at little morsels …

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Atlantic Trumpetfish
Stuart Wynne 31st August 2022 No Comments

The Atlantic Trumpetfish (Aulostomus maculatus) is a very curious species, with a long slender body and trumpet-like mouth. It cruises around the reef inconspicuously, with barely any fin movement, quietly looking for its next meal and an eye open …

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Meads Bay Wave
Stuart Wynne 21st June 2022 No Comments

The Meads Bay Wave (Meads Bay, Anguilla): You have no idea as to what I went through to take this photo. I got up one day in Anguilla only to find that the work plan I had made the week …

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Juvenile Filefish
Stuart Wynne 16th April 2022 No Comments

Can you see me? Once again I am drawn to the detail of what is under the water. It is so easy to swim past these small Halimeda thickets growing out of the sand within a seagrass bed. Indeed, the …

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Purplemouth Moray in a Bottle
Stuart Wynne 2nd December 2021 No Comments

This Purplemouth Moray Eel in a bottle goes to show that nothing goes to waste in nature, not even human garbage. That’s no reason to justify mindless littering, but it is comforting to know that even irresponsible behaviour gets made …

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Caesar Grunt
Stuart Wynne 21st October 2021 1 Comment

The Caesar Grunt (Haemulon carbonarium) is very similar in appearance to some other grunt species, namely Tomtates (Haemulon aurolineatum) and Latin Grunts (Haemulon steindachneri). It can however be distinguished quite easily if you pay …

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Cuban Tree Frog
Stuart Wynne 22nd August 2021 No Comments

The Cuban Tree Frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis), native to Cuba, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, has been introduced to many islands around the Caribbean, and even across to Hawaii. Its flexibility with diet, combined with an ability to …

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Bearded Fireworm
Stuart Wynne 12th June 2021 No Comments

The Bearded Fireworm, so called as when disturbed they puff out and fluff up a display of bristles that can easily penetrate and snap off in the skin. This causes a mild to painful burning sensation that one is best …

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Stuart Wynne 30th April 2021 No Comments

First appearing in Anguilla during 2010, the invasive Lionfish from the Indo-pacific region has spread around the Caribbean rapidly since its introduction into coastal waters off the southeast coast of the USA. Although sightings were reported off the coast of …

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