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Snowy in the subtropics

September 26, 2012
A snowy grouper swims past the wreck.

A snowy grouper swims past the wreck.

Above the surface today’s forecast was for clear skies and sunshine, but beneath the waves on the three different destroyers we dove on today it was snowy, that is, snowy grouper! These beautiful, large fish with white spots were gracefully swimming along the bottom near the shipwrecks today. We also saw large schools of yellowfin bass, the occasional black sea bass, cunner, urchins, sea stars (including a few sunstars, which have 10 arms), more dogfish (danger danger!!), various anemones, and a coral called Acanthogorgia.

Acanthogorgia

Acanthogorgia (a coral) voucher specimen from the shipwreck dive.

A second snowy grouper swims into the field of view.

A second snowy grouper swims into our field of view

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2012 6:28 pm

    Were these in the Baltimore Canyon?

    • meganchesser permalink
      October 3, 2012 1:27 pm

      Leg III of this NOAA project was located mostly around Norfolk canyon. Earlier legs were mostly in and around Baltimore canyon.

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