Today was a long one, with Chris of Octopus diving and his friends Keith with his daughter Kendra we sailed to Île Fourchue off St. Barths for some diving and lunchtime BBQ followed by more diving and a night sail back to Grand Case. The conditions at sea were more boisterous than forecast but we still made good time and speed after passing Île Tintamarre and the return sail had us going 7-8 knots with 2 reefs in both sails, hitting higher speeds at times. The dives were great, but on the second one I managed to nudge the “auto focus” button to off and that is one of the few switches which cannot be reached inside the case. Oh well, at least some pictures from the first dive turned out.

Trumpetfish in the rocks A Trumpetfish hovering next to the rocks in the hope that I'll just leave it alone and disappear.
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Trumpetfish in the rocks
Coral Bluehead Juvenile Juvenile Bluehead wrasses over corals.
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Coral Bluehead Juvenile
Great Barracuda A great Barracuda hovering nearby, hopefully not sizing me up for a meal.
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Great Barracuda
Anemone Anemone
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Anemone
Great Barracuda These three great Barracuda just hovered in position while we swam by and they completely ignored us.
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Great Barracuda
Buried southern Stingray A well-camoflaged and buried southern Stingray off Ile Fourchue
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Buried southern Stingray
Great Barracuda checking me out This one came quite close before deciding to swim off.
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Great Barracuda checking me out
Parrotfish Parrotfish
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Parrotfish
Large Great Barracuda Large Great Barracuda
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Large Great Barracuda
Blue sponge Blue sponge
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Blue sponge
Wrasse among the sponge Wrasse among the sponge
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Wrasse among the sponge
Bridled Burrfish An uncommon bridled burrfish (Chilomycterus Antennatus)
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Bridled Burrfish
School of Yellow Jack A school of yellow jack swim by during our dive at Ile Fourchue, St. Barths.
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School of Yellow Jack
Lane Snapper hiding A Lane snapper hiding from my behind a sponge.
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Lane Snapper hiding
Kendra underwater Kendra during the Ile Fourchue dive
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Kendra underwater
Chris being followed Chris was being shadowed by a small school of blue Tang during out Ile Fourchue dive.
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Chris being followed
Spotted Moray and Blue Tang These Blue Tang seem unconcerned about the spotted Moray looking out of its hole.
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Spotted Moray and Blue Tang
Brain Coral Brain Coral
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Brain Coral
Big spiny Lobster A very large spiny lobster hiding in a cave under Ile Fourchue.
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Big spiny Lobster
Honeycomb Cowfish Honeycomb Cowfish
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Honeycomb Cowfish
Turtle hanging out on the bottom Turtle hanging out on the bottom
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Turtle hanging out on the bottom
Turtle at Ile Fourchue Turtle hugging the bottom under Ile Fourchue.
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Turtle at Ile Fourchue
Rock Hind and small fish Rock Hind and small fish
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Rock Hind and small fish
Great Barracuda from above Great Barracuda from above
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Great Barracuda from above
Kendra at the safety stop Passing the time during our 3 minute safety stop after our dive at Ile Fourchue.
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Kendra at the safety stop
Large Barrel Sponge Large Barrel Sponge
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Large Barrel Sponge
Keith and Chris Keith and Chris on the second dive (where my camera wouldn't focus) at Ile Fourchue.
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Keith and Chris
Ray swimming past the corals Ray swimming past the corals
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Ray swimming past the corals
Keith and Kendra post-dive Keith and his daughter Kendra on Zanshin after our dives at Ile Fourchue.
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Keith and Kendra post-dive
Chris relaxin with a Carib Chris with a post-dive happy-hour Carib in hand and chilling after our 2 dives earlier that day.
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Chris relaxin with a Carib
Arnd coiling lines I'm coiling a line at sunset after the day's diving off the rock in the left background of the picture.
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Arnd coiling lines
Cirrus glowing at sunset Cirrus clouds glowing from inside at sunset off Ile Fourchue in St. Barths.
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Cirrus glowing at sunset
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