Giant Moray Eels and Flying Gurnards – Man! Not every snorkel trip is created equal and this one was pretty amazing. I have spotted Flying Gurnards in Tobago only once before and I have seen a few in Barbados. This is the first time I really got to see how beautiful their wings are. Funny enough the reason they are called Flying Gurnards is not because they spread their wings like flying fish but instead they use the beautiful blue coloration to scare away predators. Here is what he looks like before he gets excited.

Flying Gurnard Tobago

Flying Gurnard Tobago

Here is how he looks with wings extended.

Flying Gurnard Wings Out

Flying Gurnard Wings Out

Amazing!

Next we got to spend some time with a Giant Moray Eel. They always looks so menacing due to their size, purple eyes and lockjaw but at the same time I feel like they just want to play.

Giant Moray Eel

Giant Moray Eel

Shortly after I noticed what looked like a pile of seaweed in the sea, but realised that it started to swim. Knowing that was an odd thing for seaweed to do, I got closer and realised it was a school of baby Caribbean Squid. Coolest thing ever!

Baby Caribbean Squid

Baby Caribbean Squid

The reef was too beautiful this day

Tobago Reef

Tobago Reef

Bearded Fireworms are awesome but don’t touch as their bristles can inject the skin with a strong neurotoxin.

Bearded Fireworm Tobago

Bearded Fireworm Tobago

 

Here is one of my favourite reef fish in Tobago, a Yellow Tail Damselfish

Yellowtail Damsel Fish Tobago

Yellowtail Damsel Fish Tobago

If you are interested in seeing the beauty of Tobago’s reefs then contact us via email at duanekenny@hotmail.com, phone 868-681-4741 or for more information check out www.snorkeltobago.com

Snorkeltobago.com

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Duane Kenny

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