The out of this world feeling surrounded by a million fish

William Mitchell takes an enchanting dive into an infinite sea of Silversides in Grand Cayman.

Good snorkeling can be found in the waters off virtually any resort or condo along Seven Mile Beach. In general, the closer to George Town you are on Seven Mile Beach, the better the snorkeling conditions will be; this is due primarily to the slightly more rocky composition of the shoreline, which provides a habitat for many interesting sea creatures. There are of course exceptions, such as Cemetery Beach, which is a very popular snorkel site with fair to good snorkeling. Cemetery Reef lies roughly 30-50 yards from shore in 20-40 feet of water. Its close proximity to Seven Mile Beach and relatively easy access from a typically calm sandy beach make this one of Cayman’s more popular snorkel sites. On a scale from 1 to 10 by Cayman’s exceptionally high snorkel site standards, Cemetery Reef snorkel site a 3. The Cayman Islands are one of the top ten diving destinations in the world so snorkeling conditions in the Cayman Islands are among the highest in the world. www.caymanactivityguide.com

Silversides-Grand-Cayman

Photo Credit www.nationalgeographic.com

Silversides-Grand-Cayman

Photo Credit www.nationalgeographic.com

The picture was taken at Eden Rock, Grand Cayman. For just a short time every year these silversides swarm caves and swim-throughs at Cayman’s dive sites. The picture was taken late afternoon just as the sun was going down. I was hiding behind the silversides, low in the rocks. As the tarpon swam through the silversides, they eventually saw me and turned away. Just like you see in the picture.

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