We had a great visit and Christmas with Ted and Sarah. After the first night in Christmas Cove, we spent two more in Francis Bay. We walked the shallows in Leinster Bay and saw some of the really cool residents including a huge Sea Egg (White Sea Urchin), a southern stingray cruising the shallows, an octopus that was quite friendly and quite confident in his camouflage, a lot of black urchins and brittle stars. It is especially wonderful to see the kids grow comfortable getting close to these creatures. Well, except for Anna. She has almost no fear and is game for just about anything. My concern was that she was going to try to hug the octopus.
After the walk at Leinster, the adults took another quick snorkel. This coral reminded me of the saguaro cactus out west.
Note the sea cucumber in the bottom left of this picture and the striped fish in the bottom middle.
Then, we returned to the boat and had this guy waiting for Christmas dinner. He was at least 4′. Of course, a little while later Anna went back in the water to see if he was still around. He wasn’t.
Before going to the airport on the 26th, we took another quick snorkel over at Whistling Cay.