A funny looking crustacean…a Slipper Lobster!

Diving at night is a remarkable experience. The fish of the daytime hide and the animals of the darkened reef come out. There are huge crabs, lobsters, octopuses, eels, and the colors are glorious when illuminated by camera flashes or torches.

On Cozumel, the best place to night dive (in my humble opinion) is Paradise Reef. It is named Paradise for a reason. Paradise is a shallow dive, usually without much current (except for tonight when the current was crazy and strong), and is extremely colorful and busy.

The really BIG crabs come out at night.
Look carefully at this crab face! Alien, indeed!
Pretty little juvenile octopus.
I love their changes of color.
Gorgeous
Octopus running around the reef!
The blow up! A protective device to make them look bigger.

The most awesome event of the night was a Spotted Moray hunting, catching, and eating a fish. I felt sorry for the poor parrotfish, but holy sh#t! Eels move FAST, shake up and bite the fish, then swallow. I had never seen an eel actually eat before…it was my first time, and yes, it was very memorable!

Spotted Moray Eel hunting
Spotted Moray.
The attack.
Ugh…poor thing!

Fat and happy.

Another fascinating day in Cozumel, Mexico!

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Tam Warner

Award Winning Travel Journalist and Blogger, writing about Eclectic Travels in the Empty Nest! From scuba to luxury cruises to kayaking to expeditions, Tam is ready to go! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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