White Spotted Filefish at La Francesca

 

     "One of Nature's Hidden Treasures"

 

a light colored Black Grouper at La Francesa


La Francesa reef

Depth 30'-60'

Experience level. Novice - Intermediate. Usually done as a second dive. Current is usually moderate. Consists of small reef heads jutting out of a large sandy area.

Follow the reef ridges which parallel the shore. Stay left to follow the main section of the reef.

You will see permit cruising above the reef. There are Turtles here and there, along with Black Grouper. Keep an eye out for Cozumel Splendid Toadfish in the holes along the reef. You will also find lobster and crab hiding out.

There are a few schools of grunts and Porkfish, though not as many as other reefs.

Over the sand portions, look for Southern Stingrays, blennies, urchins and others.

 

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  
Scrawled Filefish
  x
Honeycombed Cowfish
x  
Spotted Drums
  x
Spotted Moray eels
x  
Angelfish
x
   
Butterflyfish
x  
Sea Horse
  x
Parrotfish
x  
Scorpion fish
  x
Splendid Toadfish   x  
Grunts and Snappers
x  
Turtles
x  
Nurse Sharks
x  
Eagle Rays
  x
Black Groupers
x  
Green Moray Eels
x  

 

 

 

Check out the photo gallery which shows photos of this reef

 

 


Images from La Francesa reef


Pair of Whitespotted Filefish

Pair of White spotted Filefish

 

Hawksbill turtle and diver

Hawksbill turtle and diver

Grouper cleaned by Fairy Basslet

Grouper cleaned by Spanish Hogfish

 

 

 
       

Anenome and Sponge

Black Hamlet

 

Lobster

Green Moray Eel - a common sighting in Feb 2012

Hawksbill turtle

Midnight Parrotfish

 

Permit

Porcupine fish

Porkfish

King Crab