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Bermuda Beasts: Coney Fish

During offshore dives, fish enthusiasts may spot the grumpy deportment of the coney eyeing them from a hollow in the reef. The coney (Cephalopholis fulva) is an expressive fish with a large golden eye, and markings that can change colour moment to moment. They are small members of the grouper family, which includes the black grouper, the largest fish commonly found on Bermuda’s reefs.   1. Coneys begin life as female, but as they grow bigger, to about 20 cm,…


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7 Things You Should Know About Bermuda’s Natural History

How much do you know about Bermuda's natural history?   1. We Used to have a Land Tortoise, Just Like the Galapagos Hesperotestudo bermudae was recorded in the Bermudian fossil record in the Pleistocene era. Recent research papers say that…


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Why is Bermuda’s Sand Pink?

Bermuda’s characteristic pink sand is all down to one little invertebrate – the red foram (Homotrema rubrum). Like many sea creatures found in Bermuda, such as sally lightfoot crabs and West Indian top shells, red foraminifera take in calcium carbonate…


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Bermuda Beasts: Leatherback Sea Turtle

Very occasionally passing Bermuda as adults, these dark and prehistoric turtles are a wonder to behold. Leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacea) are the largest of the turtle species by far. The largest specimen ever observed was 2,015 pounds and almost 3 metres…


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Bermuda Beasts: Hawksbill Turtle

Only two species of turtle occur regularly in Bermuda, the green turtle and the hawksbill. While green turtles can be commonly spotted inshore, coming up for breath as they graze their sea grass patches, hawksbills are found in deeper-water offshore…

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The 411 on Ciguatera

What is ciguatera, what the symptoms are and how to avoid getting it.    What is ciguatera? Ciguatera is a foodborn illness (food poisoning) caused by eating fish that is contaminated by ciguatera toxin. Ciguatera toxin is a heat-stable lipid…