Grampin, Cancún, México

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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 Thailand!

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 stop. 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.

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