Fish you can find in the Mexican Caribbean
If you love diving & snorkeling you will be amazed with all the varieties of fish we have at the Mexican Caribbean, you can see some of them in the shore, but the must is to rent a boat and enjoy going deeper discovering all the underwater beautiful life.
This fascinating fish can only be found in one place in the world: Cozumel island, we are very lucky!
They live in caves at the reefs, hiding from us, this fish is very very shy, the splendid toadfish is just one of many fascinating toadfish species, they have really interesting caracteristics, some have photophores light-emitting spots, so they can glow in the dark, while others generate buzzing mating calls that can even be heard by humans.
The Queenfish Angelfish:
The color of this fish is so vibrant and beautiful, they have a small dark patch on the forehead resembles a “Crown”, giving this species its name. They can be found feeding of sponges or hiding among the sea fans, they love to interact with humans.
The Rock Beauty:
The most graceful swimmers on the reef, their lips are usually purple or blue, they love to eat sponges, and they are really common throught the Mexican Caribbean. An interesting fun fact is that they live in harems, the large male is surrounded by small females. You can discovered them both on the surface and 10 feet.
This fish can be a bit un-nerving at the begginer snorkeler, because they reveal their large teeth by their opening and closing mouth, this is not a display of agression. The barracuda often travel alone and swim just of the reef. I recommend not to bring jewels near them, they feel really attracted to the shiny pieces.
They swim close to the reef giving them the ability to make holes to hide when a predator approaches. Hamlets are simultaneous hermaphrodites.
They trade roles in the mating behavoir around dusk each day.
They have an unusual square body shape, giving them the family nickname, Boxfish. They swim around the reef primarily, using a rapid movement of the pectoral fins, you will found them between 15 to 80 feet in depth.
A dark patch around the mouth, helps to distinguish them from similar species. They like to be seen.
They have several unusual characteristics, their ventral fins looks like feet allowing them to walk along the bottom. Frogfish can be difficult to find, because they have the ability to change color camouflaging among sponges. If they don´t feel disturbed, they will remain in a small area for several weeks.
Seahorses captivate children, making them one of the most popular of the list. They are seen with regularity at certain “special” sites, you can find them from the surface down to 40 feet. This species varies in color, from red to orange, yellow, white and black, also they are often very shy. It is said that seahorses are monogamous, that once they choose their mate, they no longer take off from it, this caused them to be seen as the symbol of love and union.
They grows up to 2 feet in size, you will love their vibrant colors, they also have small black lines very radiant bellow the eyes, it is difficult to approach to them, they are really really shy.
If you have a chance to see one or several of these amazing species please do not bother them just enjoy watching their bright colors & shapes!