In our second SCUBA dive of a series organised by
Sharon Walters, we drift-dove the Grampin reef with Vicente of Scorpio Divers.
Like the first dive of the day in Punta negra, we saw no other
divers—a welcome treat after the crowded waters of
And like in Punta Negra, what we
remember most is dense schools of bluestriped grunt (Haemulon sciurus) hanging
around the reefs, looking, from afar, almost like sponges.
Beyond a large selection of angelfish, this dive was marked by
an unexpected school of great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) near our safety
I've always thought that these fish were menacing to divers, but
to date, I'm not to experience any aggression.
They will follow you, but like with my favourite socialite fish
the longfin batfish (Platax teira), it seems to be more out of curiosity or
scavenger-opportunism than anything else.