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Reef Ball Pictures from West Palm Beach
All Photos From A Single Dive Off West Palm Beach
This represents one year's worth of growth off of West Palm Beach.
Note the sponges and soft corals are in excess of 18 inches. By
this time, hard corals have only achieved about 1 inch of growth. Of
interest, the French angelfish pictured (We call her Vicky because she has
a V notched out of her tail) has been a documented resident on the reef for
over 9 months. Also note the two snapper and porkfish. On this dive, we counted
over 30 species of fish including Snook, Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper,
Grey Snapper, Porkfish, Atlantic Spadefish, Sharpnosed Puffers, Porcupine
Puffers, Neon Gobies, French Angelfish, Grey Angelfish, Blue Angelfish, Queen
Angelfish, Sand Gobies, Porgys, Jewfish, Grouper, Grunts, Hogfish, Spanish
Hogfish (juv.), Parrotfish, Wrasse, and many species of juvenile fish.
Crustecean spotted were lobsters, banded coral shrimp, crabs, camelback
cleaning shrimp, arrow crabs and hermit crabs. Other invertebrate included
sea squirts, scallops, tube worms, Christmas tree worms, feathery hydroids,
finger corals (hard), and numerous species of soft corals and sponges.