The Bandtail Puffer are with their cute face one of the most toxic fishes that we can find in the waters of Atlantic. The poison existing in this fish by the presence of tetrodotoxin and saxitoxin which are found in their skin, viscera and gonads. They can as their other members in their family puff up them self as an defense if the deadly poison is not enough.
This nasty little critters are mostly found in shallow waters but are as well documented to been sighted as far as 45 meters. They prefer staying at reefs and seagrass where they hide and haunting for their favourite food. Ranging from crustaceans, mollusks polychaetes, plants and even living fish heads by there own family members.
These little sea monsters reaching an not to impressing size of 30 cm. But what to become impressed of is that they manage to spread their cuteness globally from Canary island, Central América, United States and even so far as Haiti.
They are extremely cute and that would proberly be the reason why it is the most common fish that people have in their aquariums. It’s tough to be that cute…
Since I finished school I’ve been lucky enough to experience some amazing diving around the world. The journey has taken me to places and meetings that were so amazing that I would best describe them as rendering me speachless. I will still try my best to tell you all about these wonderful places and the best times in my life.
Let’s start with my current Island; Tenerife the volcano island just of by the coast of Africa, facing the mighty Sahara desert. A paradise filled by adventures in each corner of the island. But for me the adventure here stops and starts somewhere else.
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I think people general are confused by the fact that Canary Island belongs to Spain due to being conquered five hundred years ago, but we all know that this is Africa. And I can promise you, it’s some fabolus diving around!
The coastline around the canary islands is spectacular, filled by caves and an underwater topography that leaves you speachless. The sites up in the north of Tenerife are most spectacular if you are looking from a topography point of view. At some sites the lava itself has been made art in the form of incredable sculptures. The reefs are covered by algae in stunning rainbow explosions. And the wrasses and parrotfishes makes the reefs even more alive. There are some corals around but not at the same scale like places like the Maldives.
In the winter the weather gets cooler and the seas a liitle rougher, this affects the visibility and the water temperature. The water temperature reaching from 26 celsius the summer down to 17 celsius in the coldest part of the year. Most days it never was under 10 meters visibility with a more common visibility of 15 – 20 meters, reaching as far up to 35 meters. So visibility wise Tenerife is good and even better if you visit this place during the summer season. Still even with 100 meters visibility it doesn’t matter if we don’t have the marine life.
Lucky enough it has. The life has been absolutely spectacular some days with rays, angelsharks, turtles, lobsters, tuna, octupuss and amazing schools of cuttlefish. The life is not diversed as the indian ocean but it is still estimated to be well over 400 spices around the waters of Canary Island. I heard rumors about hammerheads, whaleshark and mantarays but honestly, they are elusive creatures. I just wonder how it would be to turn back the time just twenty years and dive in this beautiful waters.
The diving that is the most spectacular;
From Las galletas the boats are going to a dive site called Los chuchos which in Spanish means stingrays. Are there really are any stingrays? Yes and they are massive!!! It’s the tough tail stingray with a wingspan of two and a half meter and a impressive tail reaching up to two meters. I did not belive my eyes when four of them were circling around me, and they came so close I Could Have Touched them. This stingray dive is something unique for Tenerife.
Since this is a feedingstation for the rays and people always having their personal opinions about feeding animals. But to be honest if we don’t feed them they will proberly end up in someone’s medecine or food so what is right and what is wrong?
My absolute favorite site on the best of my diving days is a shore based dive called Las Eres. The site is a slighty deeper environment down to 26 meters and with some smaller caves that you never really now what they are hiding. In here I’ve found some of the most massive rays of Tenerife. The reef is filled by all sorts of fish, you can even find some morays looking out from the stones here. I have found the mysterious angelshark lying at the reef, resting.. And if you look to the surface you can enjoy some cool schools of barracuda, bogie or trumpetfishes looking down at you. Wondering if you are eatble. But do not underestimate the current or the waves they need to be respected here, it can turn really quickly.
The currents are strong at some of the sites and if the waves looks big when you get in the water remember; they are proberly going to be even bigger when you come up.
On my next update we will go through what kind of threats the ocean around the Canary islands facing and how to protect these waters.
I guess we all have witness some seconds that done us speechless.
I remember the seconds that would change my life.
It were by the coast of Thailand and we were just about to end our dive. When a magnificently turtle swims up and faced me with the pitch dark eyes. And it affected me as nothing done before. I’ve got spelled bound and I heard them. I heard the whispers.
It all started by a friendly turtle decided to share his time with me for the last minutes of the dive. And I will never forget the eyes that talked to me that day.
And it showed me where I was meant going.
I listen to it.
I could finally see it.