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Cozumel 1998 Photo Gallery

Text and images Copyright (C) 1999, David M. Read.  All rights reserved.

Much to my surprise, I got more good photos from my Cozumel trip than I could use in the trip report.  So I created this photo gallery as a place to show all of the photos from the trip.  Click on any image to see a larger version of that same image.

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A purple ball anemone nestled into the reef

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Anne sidles up to a school of bluestriped grunts
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An arrow crab hides between two sponges
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An arrow crab rests in an azure vase sponge, along with a sea pearl.
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An azure vase sponge grows on the reef
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This young azure vase sponge was only two inches tall!
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A barred hamlet cruises the reef
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These almost-transparent blennies are hard to spot, and even harder to photograph!   I'm having trouble getting a positive ID on this one.  Does anyone know what it is?  If so, please email me.
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This indigo hamlet posed nicely for me.
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I didn't see many blue tangs in Cozumel's waters, but I saw plenty of juveniles of the species!
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Black durgons are notoriously difficult to photograph.  This is one of only a few decent pictures of them I have ever taken.
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I didn't see many adult french angels, either, but juveniles of the species were everywhere.
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A bluestriped grunt against the reef.
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Another bluestriped grunt, this one in mid water
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A sea fan reaches into the current at Palancar Caves.
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A pipehorse drifts near the algae in which it lives.
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Another pipehorse clings to its holdfast.
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Oracio's hand shows just how small the pipehorse is.
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A porkfish poses above the reef.
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A queen triggerfish swims near the sand.
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Rock beauties are another species which I have found difficult to photograph.  This one cooperated nicely.
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A squirrelfish poses.
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It took a lot of searching through Humann's book for me to ID this fish as an intial-phase yellowhead wrasse.
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A juvenile yellowtail damselfish pauses long just enough for me to trigger the shutter.

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