The wind was howling through the anchorage this morning, so powerful in gusts that I was debating taking down my bimini so that it wouldn't take damage. While clouds whipped by and rain threatened to pour down I revised my plans to spend the day and night at Tintamarre and opted to stay put and give the Île Créole another try today.
It is now shortly before 15:00 and the sun is out and the winds settled down and I could have given Île Tintamarre a try after all. Oh well, I had one dive and am going to use the same tank for the second one as it really isn't very deep and this time I am going to choose some formation and sit still until I get some good shots.
Although nothing outward seemed to have changed since the earlier dive, the visibility was terrible and I didn't bet too many new photos or see anything interesting on the second go around - but I did get to practice bouyancy control and did a bit of work on my patience in waiting for subjects to approach me.
Back aboard the boat was rocking around in the swell quite a bit so I didn't get to complete the tasks I'd set out to do and ended up going ashore for a small dinner and walking about on Terra Firma before retiring for the evening aboard the boat.

Schooling bluestriped Grunts A school of bluestriped grunts seen against the rocks
(2012-02-05 11:53:51 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.56m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Schooling bluestriped Grunts
Yellowhead Wrasse A small yellowhead Wrasse hiding amongst the reef rocks.
(2012-02-05 11:58:32 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.56m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Yellowhead Wrasse
Nassau Grouper A rare Nassau Grouper hiding on the bottom close to Ile Creole in St. Martin.
(2012-02-05 11:59:56 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.63m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Nassau Grouper
Peacock Flounder This peacock flounder was difficult to see until it moved and then it's coloration didn't match the new location until after I'd taken the photo.
(2012-02-05 12:05:19 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.60m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Peacock Flounder
Smooth Trunkfish A shy smooth trunkfish that stayed just long enough to get photographed before heading off to quieter areas.
(2012-02-05 12:10:51 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.89m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Smooth Trunkfish
A pair of foureyed Butterflyfish These two kept on splitting up to make this group shot a difficult one to get but it paid off in the end.
(2012-02-05 12:16:22 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.71m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
A pair of foureyed Butterflyfish
Gray Angelfish I think that this was the same one I'd photographed before as they tend to be territorial, but the photo turned out nice so I kept it (again).
(2012-02-05 12:16:40 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.89m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Gray Angelfish
Sand Diver waiting This Sand Diver was just waiting for me to go away
(2012-02-05 12:35:37 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.63m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Sand Diver waiting
Juvenile slippery Dick A juvenile slippery Dick protected his (or her) territory from me.
(2012-02-05 12:18:26 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.45m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Juvenile slippery Dick
Juvenile Bluehead Juvenile Bluehead
(2012-02-05 12:25:00 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.56m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Juvenile Bluehead
Juvenile Bluehead Juvenile Bluehead
(2012-02-05 12:33:21 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.53m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Juvenile Bluehead
Blue Tang Blue Tang
(2012-02-05 15:21:52 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/100s] ISO 125 Focus 1.00m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Blue Tang
Squirrelfish Squirrelfish
(2012-02-05 15:34:49 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/100s] ISO 125 Focus 0.71m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Squirrelfish
Cleaning Gobies on coral These cleaning Gobies are waiting for customers on this coral head.
(2012-02-05 15:40:42 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/100s] ISO 125 Focus 0.56m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Cleaning Gobies on coral
Parrotfish snoring? This parrotfish was hiding underneath a rocky outcropping and being cleaned by shrimp, but from this angle it really does look like it is snoring away underwater.
(2012-02-05 15:46:40 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/100s] ISO 125 Focus 0.42m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Parrotfish snoring?
Cleaning shrimp on parrotfish This is one of the shrimp I saw working on the parrotfish which is hiding underneath the rock in the background.
(2012-02-05 15:58:52 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/100s] ISO 125 Focus 0.35m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Cleaning shrimp on parrotfish
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