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I finally finished scanning in everything, these were the pics that were interesting or decent looking and worth posting. next time i go I am getting a red filter lens for the camera!

Instead of trying to put these in any order, I am just going to put them up in alpha order and then describe them a bit.

For those of you not familiar with Cozumel diving, these were all taken at various spots along Palancar reef, ranging from 20 feet to 110 feet.

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/anemonae.jpg' width=650 height=482 >

nothing much here, but was unsure of the species, so I took a shot to try to id later

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/cozpipe.jpg' width=650 height=473 >

nice pipefish (steve's was better though)

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/bluebrain.jpg' width=650 height=431 >

this was one of the 3 corals I considered poaching, nice blue brain.

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/damsels.jpg' width=650 height=429 >

these were everywhere, little blue damsels, this is a crop from a pic about 6 times this size... you can get an idea of the damsel colony population.

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/bluesponge.jpg' width=650 height=474 >

the real gems of the reef here were the fish and the sponges... the corals were for the most part brown and grey and white... this was a nice blue one

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/deepbrain.jpg' width=650 height=425 >

deepwater brain, unsure of the color, as the light wasn't true at 80 feet... at any rate, nice growth form.
 

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<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/deepsponge.jpg' width=650 height=425 >

this sponge was almost phosphorescent (glowing) down at 110 feet, everything else was a deep blue but this was like a glow stick... very cool

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/jacksschool.jpg' width=650 height=439 >

nice school of jacks swimming by

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/gorgonian.jpg' width=650 height=823 >

there were gorgonians everywhere, and there were some fantastic photo ops through the holes in the reefs on one particular site, Palancar Caves. This was right at the entrance to one of the tubes

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/juvfrench.jpg' width=650 height=436 >

juvenile french angel hiding under a rock... small school of barracuda out in the open (moving too fast to get a shot of) which probably explains his need for shelter

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/kingcrab.jpg' width=650 height=569 >

this king crab was at least 4 feet across, a resident of the reef, the dive master told me everyone pays him a visit

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/lobster.jpg' width=650 height=428 >

huge lobster, I used to hunt bugs every year, this one has to be at least 7-8 lbs.
 

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spotted box fish (i know you love these steve, took this one for you)



curious queen angel, wanted to be in a pic so bad that i gave in and took one of it (these things are the dominant fish on the reefs here, you get bored with them after the first couple hours).



with his/her friends (so many there they practically school)



this was a 3' parrotfish, beach-builder!
 

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here is a series of general reef photos, getting inspiration for the 300 i am planning, wanted to look at rock forms and coral growth in general... nothing really to explain









<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/reef5.jpg' width=650 height=518 >
 

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and finally a couple more sponges, these were mid depth, 50-60 feet



this was about 8 feet across... never seen a sponge so big, i wanted to get a few divers inside it for a photo, but i couldnt figure out the hand signals, and my buddy was german anyway, how do you translate hand signals? :)



and here is a nice yellow, and a piece of an orange sponge.

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/466116/whiteacro.jpg' width=650 height=507 >

the dominant acro was white with white polyps, very cool up close, even cooler in thickets the size of half a basketball court

thanks for looking and for your patience, it takes a long time to scan all these and then filter through to find the decent stuff (i hate film!).
 

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Wonderful pics... we need to get a dive class together... so the rest of us can enjoy sights like this...
 

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if we sold our tanks we could easily afford scuba classes :)
 

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Awesome pics Ryan, thanks for taking the time to show us.

Jenni
 

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well, it was rated to 90, but i took it to 110 anyway... it was the last roll that that camera would shoot though, the pressure popped the winding spring and the store couldnt get it working again. unfortunately from that roll only about 15 pictures of the 36 made it.

since we were doing 3 dives a day for 4 days, i had 3 reloadable underwater cameras, and every night when i got back to the room i just reloaded them for the next day.
 

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Looks great. We are divers but don't get to dive often. We'll consider Cozumel now!
You sure did a lot of dives everday! Thanks for sharing your pictures.
 

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I am a PADI Dive Master and Cozumel is one of my favorite dive spots. I have gone about 5 times in the last 3 years. It is ranked in the top 5 dive spots in the world. The best site is called Santa Rosa Reef, but it is also one of the most dangerous. It is a wall dive that starts out about 40 feet deep. It has Spectaculat coral overhangs, HUGE swim-thrus (Cave like structures). It has a medium current, where you just "Float" by everything. Don't have to swim.... well as long as you don't go too far down the wall. If you do... you could find yourself at the bottom of the wall, 3000 feet down, um dead of course.

Another fun place to go is called Columbia Reef. It has the largest of the fish. Lots of turtles and other "Big" stuff.

My wife has never been real thrilled about diving. I did however get her in the water the last time I went. The DM that I use is named Erwin. Every time I go I look him up. He is actually an instructor at one of the Dive Shops. My wife said she would go with me as long as we won't see any sharks or barracuda. We saw both within 5 minutes of dropping down. You got to love it....

GREAT pictures by the way.... Thanks for sharing
 

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yep santa rosa was awesome... it was soooo tempting to just float down into the blue off the edge of that wall, the dm was going nuts trying to get all of the photographers to stay at a reasonable level.

my favorite site was probably palancar caves, the swim through reef experience was like nothing i had ever experienced.

we hit chakanaab, paraiso, pal. horseshoe, pal. gardens, pal. caves, santa rosa, san francisco, punta dalaila, colombia shallows, and maricabo. i wanted to get in a couple more but i was so saturated that even with nitrox i needed to take an extra half day off before the flight back.

going to work on some tech certs so next time i can hit the devil's throat. there is a 10 day $1300.00 course offered on the mainland that takes you through all 3 levels of overhead diving, i might consider that next trip... i think it is like 16 dives and 3 certs for that, not bad considering some of the work is in the cenotes which i have been wanting to do forever.
 

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Krux did my friend Clif give you that DVD of Cozumel at last months meeting? I thought there was some really cool stuff on it, what did you think?
 

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oh yeah, i have watched it several times now... very cool stuff.
 

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I need to find someone who can copy it for me. I'd love to find out if there was a series of these for different areas of the world.
 

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it appears upon close inspection to not be protected domestically or internationally by copyright laws, so come to the meeting this month and i will have it taken care of for you :)
 
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