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Tarpon

Tarpon

Atlantic Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus
These big silvery fish with what look like stainless steel scales and an overbite are generally five to eight feet long and weigh between 80 and 150 pounds. They are found throughout the Caribbean, the Bahamas and the Atlantic coat of the United States south of Virginia and can survive in estuaries, lagoons and rivers as well as in the ocean.

Although their bony meat leaves them undesirable as a food fish, their renowned fighting spirit makes them a favorite of sport fishermen.

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Whistling Cay, St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)

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St. John Snorkeling: Whistling Cay Map

Whistling Cay Snorkel Map

The Whistling Cay Snorkel, especially around the rocks and underwater canyons on the western tip of the island is one of the best snorkels in St. John waters. The proximity to open waters, and the flow of water through the Fungi Passage and the Narrows attracts fish of many shapes, color and sizes. The underwater boulders, rock formations, canyons, steep grooves, arches and walls, covered with spectacularly colored corals, sponges and tunicates are fascinating to explore. My friend, Dan Silber, who came along on this snorkel along with his girlfriend Maddy, described the area as an underwater garden, I like to borrow from the Beatles and describe it as an octopus’s garden.

More about Whistling Cay:

SeeStJohn.com entry: Snorkeling Whistling Cay

Blog entry about the “Customs House” on Whistling Cay

Whistling Cay

Google Maps satellite view of snorkeling area

Tarpon

Tarpon

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Bar Jacksat Whistling Cay

Bar Jacks

Tarpon at "cleaning station"

Tarpon being cleaned by a Goby

Colorful Coral, Sponge and Tunicate covered walls

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The Caves, Norman Island, British Virgin islands

Banded Coral Shrimp

Caves Norman Island

Wall at the Caves

orange cup coral

Orange Cup Coral

yellowline arrow crab

Yellowline Arrow Crab

fire coral

Fire Coral

The Indians

The Indians

Mario

Gerald

Barracuda and Sergeant Major

Black Durgon

Tarpon

Yellowtail Snapper

Cup Coral

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