I finally managed to weigh anchor at about 11am after going ashore for some desperately needed groceries (milk for coffee, limes & Carib beer, and baguettes & butter) and then motored to Île Tintamarre. I put the dive gear together and went to the wreck of the tugboat, taking 180 pictures with some really cool worms (nudibranches, perhaps... I'll have to check that out) and finally got the local pufferfish interested in taking a closer look at the lens. Up top after the dive I was really disappointed to see that each and every picture that I took was underexposed to an extent that even the magic of PhotoShop had no chance. <sigh> It turns out that I'd turn the dial on the flash from TTL (Through The Lens) to a normal fixed flash setting. I had planned on sailing to Île Fourchue for the night but opted to take a second dive to see if I could get some of those pictures again and afterwards it was already 17:30 so I decided to stay put for the night. After a steak dinner with garlic bread I sat on the deck for a while looking at the stars until I nodded off and returned to the cabin for the evening.

Dive gear in the dinghy My dive gear and camera in the dinghy prior to diving on the Tugboat wreck at Ile Tintamarre in St. Martin.
(2012-02-15 12:21:42 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/3.8, 1/640s] ISO 64)
[18°7'1.99"N 62°59'19.92"W ]
Dive gear in the dinghy
Sea flora up close Sea flora up close
(2012-02-16 13:18:40 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.42m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Sea flora up close
Porcupinefish behind the wreck Again the porcupinefish eluded me by staying on the opposite side of the wreck.
(2012-02-16 13:19:47 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.71m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Porcupinefish behind the wreck
Pufferfish Pufferfish
(2012-02-16 13:22:58 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.60m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Pufferfish
Cleaning Goby in coral A cleaning goby nestled in the coral.
(2012-02-16 13:28:26 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.45m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Cleaning Goby in coral
Tugboat wreck pilothouse The pilothouse of the tugboat wreck provides shelter for numerous fish. I had gone inside for some pictures and the bubbles are from me.
(2012-02-16 16:57:54 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.5, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 1.41m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Tugboat wreck pilothouse
Cocoa Damselfish Cocoa Damselfish
(2012-02-16 16:19:46 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.71m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Cocoa Damselfish
Juvenile Cocoa Damselfish Juvenile Cocoa Damselfish
(2012-02-16 16:20:19 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.63m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Juvenile Cocoa Damselfish
Queen Angelfish A Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris [Pomacanthidae])
(2012-02-16 16:21:40 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.63m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Queen Angelfish
Spotted Goatfish Spotted Goatfish
(2012-02-16 16:22:19 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.47m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Spotted Goatfish
Sand Diver swimming Usually I only see them resting or buried on the bottom, but this one slowly swam by me and I had to get a photo of it in "flight".
(2012-02-16 16:25:56 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.79m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Sand Diver swimming
Tugboat wreck supports Tugboat wreck supports
(2012-02-16 16:41:44 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 1.00m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Tugboat wreck supports
Spotted Goatfish resting Spotted Goatfish resting
(2012-02-16 16:33:35 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.60m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Spotted Goatfish resting
Small fry in the pilothouse These small fish made the shade and shelter of the tugboat pilothouse their home.
(2012-02-16 16:41:23 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/40s] ISO 100 Focus 0.79m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Small fry in the pilothouse
Spotted Moray in the wreck A spotted Moray eel in the tugboat wreck.
(2012-02-16 16:51:07 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.79m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Spotted Moray in the wreck
Red Hind poking out of a hole This Red Hind remained in a hole and looked out at me from its sheltered position.
(2012-02-16 16:44:41 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.56m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Red Hind poking out of a hole
Spanish Hogfish in the wreck Spanish Hogfish in the wreck
(2012-02-16 16:47:03 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.79m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Spanish Hogfish in the wreck
Porgy and school of yellowstripe Porgy and school of yellowstripe
(2012-02-16 16:50:07 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.89m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Porgy and school of yellowstripe
Decks of the tugboat wreck Decks of the tugboat wreck
(2012-02-16 16:56:30 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.5, 1/60s] ISO 100 Focus 1.19m)
[18°7'26.51"N 62°59'10.49"W ]
Decks of the tugboat wreck
Stad Amsterdam silhouette The Stad Amsterdam arrived (under motor) while I was at the anchorage but offerred this nice view as the sun was setting behind St. Martin.
(2012-02-16 17:36:52 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/1250s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[18°7'1.33"N 62°59'20.54"W (facing W)]
Stad Amsterdam silhouette
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