Our 10 day class in Curacao’s primary purpose was scientific diving. This blog will highlight some of the best animals I had the pleasure of meeting.
This is a Southern Stingray, which we found cruising along the bottom of the reef at one of our Dive Sites (I believe it was the beach at DaiiBooi)
These are a group of assorted surgeonfish. Pictured here are some blue tangs, ocean surgeonfish, and even some doctorfish! These are relatively common reef fish, often spotted foraging
This here is a yellowline arrow crab. This little fella was a part of our studies for invertebrate identification during the trip, and it was always fun to see something you have been studying in a book
This green moray was spotted in his whole under a few colonies of coral. These morays can grow upwards of 3 feet, which makes them much bigger than their cousins in the moray family.
This is a rather large porcupinefish, a commonly mistaken relative of the pufferfish. These animals are quite curious of divers, and will swim close to get a better look at them. When threatened, however, they will inflate and expose sharp spines all over their body.
This invasive lionfish was a popular sight along all the reefs that we visited. It has less natural predators in the west indies than it does in its home of the Indo-Pacific reefs.
This is Table Cat. He is a common house cat and our local guide/companion/professional food taster during the trip. He was by far the most important animal on the entire trip.
These animals were just some of the amazing creatures we found during our semester. I invite anyone else who studied abroad to share what animals they encountered during their stay and share information about the native fauna that impacted your experience!