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Roatan/Utila Macro

Roatan and other Bay Islands are often called the “macro capital of the Carribean” – and in my opinion, it fully deserves the title. The variety of creatures was astounding - from little decorator crabs to basket stars so big, they did not fit into the frame.

The blennies were my favorite subjects all week:

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And flamingo tongues and slugs were the close second:

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There red decorator crabs could be found in the most unusual spaces, as well as hermit crabs. Other critters were represented by arrow crabs, red ad banded shrimp and even the lobster

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Stars, brittle and basket, were the most plentiful

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I had done some fish and octopus portraits as well

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Utila got the nickname of "X-mas tree capital of the Carribean" - Christmas tree works and blue tunicates were all over the sites that we dove

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