The frigate bird rapidly drops to the choppy surface and there is a
spurt of baitfish escaping an unseen predator. That is what I am after,
and I head the boat towards the bird, pushing up the throttle.
The eagle ray, a beautifully marked member of the family “Myliobatidae”,
features a pattern of spots against the dark skin on the upper part of
its disc. The lower parts are white and the long tail is black with
several spines at the base.
Enjoying a superb dive up at East End, in pristine conditions, I was
lining up my camera on a tiger grouper being cleaned by peppermint
shrimp. Patience, patience, patience…then I heard my daughter Jessica
blow a couple of loud hoots in her regulator.
2012 was a terrible year for wildlife in the Cayman Islands; the
lionfish invasion continued, the Turtle Farm got a lot of bad press, our
beloved stingrays were being stolen from the sandbar, the grouper
spawning sites came under increasing pressure and the proposal to expand
marine parks had many objectors.
The big shark quickly approached me near the calm surface. The sunlight
dappled its back and fins as its tail oscillated back and forth in wide
sweeps, its head swaying from side to side coming closer and closer.