Grenada 2011
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The Veronica L was a great wreck to explore and photograph with a view to creating paintings from the photos

The crane is now covered with corals and sponges, encouraging sea life to inhabit its nooks and crannies ...

... like this Bearded Fireworm (on the left) and Squirrelfish

I did enjoy finding odd bits of the wreck to photograph and am looking forward to working some up in the studio

A rare Black Brotula had made its home under a ledge - these fish look like flat ribbons, but you can sort of make out its head at the righthand end

As we left the wreck, a Spotted Moray came out of its hole ...

... and posed for me

These are 2 juvenile Spotted Drums ... an odd name for an odd fish!

They have a tiny body with an extremely long dorsal fin and long tail, with one black stripe running all the way along both.

Here's the only Nudibranch I saw, but I think it chose a prefect background for its 'portrait'!

A tiny, almost transparent, Pederson Cleaner Shrimp (less than an inch long)

These beautifully marked mollusk have the wonderful name Flamingo Tongue. What you see is the snail itself as it covers its shell with its own mantle.

This little ball is a baby Smooth Trunkfish - it's only just bigger than a large pea - about a centimetre in diameter -

but you can still see that little pout that all trunkfish have!

And this is similar to what that little pea will grow up to look like ... (to be correct, this is a Spotted Trunkfish,

Caribbean Reef Squid are amazingly iridescent ...

... with incredibly blue eyes

A Banded Coral Shrimp - as with most cleaner shrimp, they are very small and their antenna are almost as thin as hair

A Sharptail Eel - a sand eel that is often mistaken for a snake because of the way it wriggles along the bottom

You've seen the wee baby, so here's a 'teenager' Smooth Trunkfish ... just look at that pout!

Scorpionfish look like hairy stones ... but you wouldn't want to step on one!

Up close and personal with the scopionfish, and his little blue Pederson Cleaner Shrimp on the job

Wonderful corals and colours on the Shakem wreck ...

... and some more

And finally the Bianca C - the so-called Titanic of the Caribbean. She lies in 50 metres of water, so its darker down there.

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