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Has the snorkeling returned to normal #159199
04/19/2018 10:06 AM
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Have not seen recent comments about quality of snorkeling now -- places like diamond reef, Great Dog, the Indians etc -- any recent visitor updates?

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Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: camelot] #159202
04/19/2018 10:13 AM
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I was there in January and the Indians were just as beautiful as ever!

Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: camelot] #159222
04/19/2018 12:22 PM
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Was there first week of November. IHMO snorkeling was better than usual. It's like the marine life had missed having visitors and they were lined up on parade.


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Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: JlarsBVI] #159224
04/19/2018 01:21 PM
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Back from six weeks fixing CRC and one thing we did notice was the depletion of the bird population and the massive increase in butterflies!

Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: camelot] #159290
04/20/2018 12:38 PM
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I'm not sure what normal is, since I haven't snorkeled the BVI for at least 10 years, but last week I hit a few spots. Disclosure, I am a snorkel snob and I'm used to much healthier reef systems, fish counts and overall diversity, but still enjoyed what I saw.

Spring Bay - A few fish (a school of six Honeycomb Trunkfish, Southern Ray, Sergeant Majors, etc...) and some recovering corals
Leverick Bay (along the rocky shore) - Starfish, small and juvenile fish (Damsels, Wrasse, Butterflyfish, Barracuda), an Indigo Hamlet (don't usually sea around my Cayman snorkel sites), Trunkfish, Mahogany Snapper, Sea Cucumbers, a few Cushion Stars, nice anemones and my first Arrow Crab ever!
Marina Cay - A Spotted Eagle Ray and some purple Sea Nettle Jellyfish
Monkey Point - Laden with Comb and few Box jellyfish when I visited, but saw some nice fish cleaning stations in the early morning and lots of damaged coral.
The Caves - A few Parrotfish, Bar Jacks, Yellowtail Snapper a large school of Ballyhoo and an Octopus in the open in one of the caves
The Indians - Easily the best of the lot. Large school of what I'm guessing were juvenile Midnight Parrotfish, Blue Tang feeding on the Sargassum, a White Spotted Filefish and some nice, healthier coral.

Link to a few pictures:
[img]https://photos.google.com/album/AF1...ipMQ5IsCBmZz6sVh0nta4ONE06cZo-jBJnLz4ShI[/img]





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Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: Testudo] #159293
04/20/2018 12:53 PM
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Yea those hurricanes do a number on healthy reef systems.

Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: Testudo] #159308
04/20/2018 02:30 PM
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Hi. Pictures are not showing up.


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Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: camelot] #159310
04/20/2018 02:36 PM
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Sorry, just changed the sharing setting. The links should now take you to a small album with visible pictures (I hope...).


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Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: camelot] #159311
04/20/2018 02:38 PM
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Did not snorkel last week in the BVI, but on St John the north shore beaches are still showing signs of the storm.
I think a lot of it has to do with the depth of the water you are snorkeling in (just a guess).
The places where you can walk off the beach and you are enjoying a reef are the ones that seemed to be the most damage.
Very few sea fans, and all the fish were there, but did not seem as plentiful.
It was almost like everything was sandblasted.


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Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: Carol_Hill] #159325
04/20/2018 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Hi. Pictures are not showing up.



Link to Photos

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Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: camelot] #159343
04/21/2018 08:00 AM
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Beautiful photos, thanks for posting. it doesn't look like you're filtering (magenta) the closeup shots. Any secrets to the color balance?

Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: camelot] #159345
04/21/2018 08:09 AM
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The quality of the pictures is fantastic. What camera are you using?

Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: camelot] #159355
04/21/2018 09:43 AM
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The pictures are from my trusty old Olympus TG-1. Just using the camera's underwater setting and then optimizing with Picasa/Google Photos autofix where needed. You can really see its capabilities in some of the shots taken in better water conditions here: Cayman Barrier Reef pictures (Ignore the blocked Photobucket slots). Great camera, would highly recommend the newer TG models.

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Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: camelot] #159361
04/21/2018 10:32 AM
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I have an Intova Sport HD, 1080p at 30fps or 8 mp. It also has an underwater setting, or I can place a magenta filter over the lens. Just wondering how other people do it.

Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: camelot] #159480
04/23/2018 10:53 AM
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Nope....it's going to be a long time, but still lots of fun


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Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: camelot] #159492
04/23/2018 12:04 PM
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Thanks for sharing your photos. Things look a lot better than I expected. I hope my pictures turn out half as nice.


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Re: Has the snorkeling returned to normal [Re: camelot] #159716
04/25/2018 08:05 PM
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Great photos!!! Thx for sharing



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