in Dominican Republic
What was that fish? A lot of species of finned creatures live in the waters of Dominican Republic. While you may not see them all on your next Catalina snorkeling excursion, some of these fish are regulars on the reefs and easy to spot. Here’s a quick look at 10 of the fish you are most likely to find swimming about or tucked in rock and coral crevices when you put your head under.
1. Banded butterflyfish
Chaetodon striatus: are usually seen swimming in pairs and is one of the numerous species of butterflyfish found on Caribbean reefs. The Banded Butterflyfish can be easily distinguished by the wide black bars (vertical stripes) on its sides.
2. Caribbean sharpnose
ufferanthigaster rostrata: is a tiny pufferfish with beautiful colorings. It can inflate itself with water when threatened. This is a defensive behavior which surprises predators and causes the fish to appear larger than it is. Please do not harass pufferfish in an attempt to make them inflate. Inflation is a stress reaction to a life-threatening situation.
3. French Grunt
Haemulon flavolineatum: French Grunts and Blue Striped-Grunts (Haemulon sciurus) are quite common and can be seen on nearly every shallow reef dive in the Caribbean. Grunts are so named because they can produce a grunting sound by grinding their teeth together and amplifying the noise with their air bladders!
4. Queen Angelfish
5. Scrawled cowfish
Acanthostracion quadricornis: is one of several species of cowfish found in the Caribbean. Cowfish are a type of boxfish and can be recognized by the cow-like horns above their eyes. These fish are docile and relatively slow-moving unless threatened.