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    "One of Nature's Hidden Treasures"

 
 
 

Cantarel or Spotted Eagle Ray Wall

Depth 40'-100'

Experience level. Intermediate. You should go on this dive with an experienced dive company and dive master for this dive, such as Anita Divers with Tony Perez, as it is a dangerous area with sometimes high currrents, and also sometimes a down current. There is a danger of being lost at sea, as there are not many boats in this area.

The drop is important in order to not scare the Spotted Eagle Rays and to arrive at the right notch in the wall. The wall should be approached from the shallows. You will stay on the edge of the wall for about 30 minutes. If you use nitrox, you can stay about 15 minutes longer, before heading for the shallows to degas.

The young Spotted Eagle Ray females start to promenade in December and stay until the end of Febuary. As many as 20 rays will swim by the wall at about 80', although sometimes they are lower and sometimes up higher. The divers will hold onto the dead coral on the wall and just watch the parade.

There are some interesting fish in the shallows, dominated by juvenile fish of all kinds, razorfish, an occasional moray eel, and lots of lion fish. Keep an eye out for sea horses and juvenile file fish.

 

 

 

On any reef in Cozumel you can see any fish or animal at a given time. Below is a general guide.

common
occasional rare
Damselfish
x
   
Barracuda
x
   
Grouper/Coney
x  
Razorfish
x
   
Trumpetfish
x  
Bar Jacks
x  
French Grunts
x  
Splendid toadfish
x  
Turtles
x
   
Nurse Sharks
x
   
Eagle Rays
x
   
Black Groupers
x  
Green Morays
x  

 

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Images from Cantarel reef


Schooling teenage eagle ray females. Notice the bite marks on the wings left by the males that grab them with their mouth.

Schooling adolescent Spotted Eagle Ray females.

 

School of Spotted Eagle Rays.

School of Spotted Eagle Rays.

 

 

 

Schooling teenage eagle ray females. Notice the bite marks on the wings left by the males that grab them with their mouth.

Mature Spotted Eagle Ray Female

Schooling teenage eagle ray females. Notice the bite marks on the wings left by the males that grab them with their mouth.

Spotted Eagle Ray Females

Schooling teenage eagle ray females. Notice the bite marks on the wings left by the males that grab them with their mouth.

Spotted Eagle Ray Females

Male Pearly Razor Fish. Defending his harem. ( He's tough!)

Male Pearly Razor Fish. Defending his harem. ( He's tough!)

 

 
       

Male Pearly Razor fish in foreground, and smaller female ready to lay eggs in the background.

The colorful Green Razor fish at about 20' depth near shore.

The colorful Green Razor fish at about 20' depth near shore.

 

 

porcupine fish and iredescent eyeballs which allow it to see better at night.

Porcupinefish and iredescent eyeballs which allow it to see better at night.

juvenile french angel fish

juvenile French Angelfish

baby scrawled file fish in the shallows of Cantarel.

baby Scrawled Filefish in the shallows of Cantarel.

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juvenile queen trigger fish defending their patch of land.

juvenile Queen Triggerfish defending their patch of land.

the splendid baby queen angel....very wary and fast.

the splendid baby Queen Angel....very wary and fast.