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.
Here is how he looks with wings extended.
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.
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!
The reef was too beautiful this day
Bearded Fireworms are awesome but don’t touch as their bristles can inject the skin with a strong neurotoxin.
Here is one of my favourite reef fish in Tobago, a Yellow Tail Damselfish