Shark Conservation in the Cayman Islands

Conservation of Cayman Islands Here in the Cayman Islands the Department of Environment (DoE), a government agency, is responsible for the management and conservation of the environment and natural resources. Marine Parks have been in place among all three islands for more than 25 years. The conservation of sharks in the Caymans has been more recently…

What is Coral Bleaching?

What is Coral Bleaching?  Corals exist due to an amazing relationship (symbiotic) between Animal (Coral) and Plant (Zooxanthellae). However, when Corals encounter stress due to disruptions from the environment a phenomenon known as Coral Bleaching can occur. Bleaching is apparent when Corals turn a bright white, essentially revealing there skeletons due to a loss of…

Artificial Reefs in Grand Cayman

Artificial Reefs Artificial Reefs are man made structures built to recreate reefs, but for several different reasons. Firstly and most often, Artificial reefs are built to promote marine life either in areas with a featureless bottom or where reef systems have been lost and need replenishing. Artificial Reefs are also used to control Erosion, block…

Sargassum in the Cayman Islands

What is Sargassum? Sargassum is a type of macro algae, which is either brown or dark green in colour. If you’ve ever been scuba diving in the Cayman Islands (or visited a beach anywhere in the Caribbean) you’ve probably encountered this free floating species of algae. Biology You can find sargassum in tropical and temperate…

The Caribbean Reef Sharks of Grand Cayman

Fact Profile: Length: 3m (10ft) Weight: 70kg Distribution: Tropical Western Atlantic Ocean Deepest Recorded Depth: 378m (1,240ft) Habitat One of Grand Cayman’s more famous resident is the Caribbean Reef Shark (Carcharhinus perezii). It is one of Cayman’s largest apex predator in the reef ecosystem. Usually found in higher density on the East End of the…

Blue Planet

Have you been watching Blue Planet 2? If not, here are 5 reasons to start today!

Our Dive Team has been obsessed with the newest edition of Sir David Attenborough documentaries. Blue Planet 2 is a BBC documentary that is fascinating whilst being educational and raising awareness of the ongoing problem of climate change. 1. It took 4 years to film. The team ended up with over 6000 hours of footage…