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Nassau Grouper & Sea Fan by A.M. Ruttle

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The Nassau Groupers on Little Cayman, British Virgin Islands, have an annual aggregation for spawning in late January, and a few days before leaving their home reefs, the females are hanging out heavy with eggs. Who knows why, but they like to be pet like dogs… what an experience! (I promise you that once you have pet a wild grouper, you will think twice about ordering grouper on a menu*.) Every year, arrives on Little Cayman to study the aggregation. You can find out more at their Grouper Moon Project. is also the group that helps train divers to take and post underwater surveys – try it out!

*Monterey Bay Aquarium in their Seafood Watch app for the iPhone has listed Grouper as “Avoid” as most populations have either been overfished or have unknown status. Market names include: Sea Bass (how’s that for generic?), Mero, and Red Grouper. Canon S3-IS, Ikelite housing and strobe. Views 965 and Faves 9 as of 16 March 2012, thanks for dropping by!

Featured in:
- All That Is Nature, February 2011
- UNDERWATER CREATURES (creatures & people), September 2010
- Colorists, August 2010
Thanks so much!

Come take a scuba dive below (or on YouTube underwater slideshow):

Wildlife, wild places, wild light… mountains, the ocean, the sky… ahhhhhhhl. Breathe deeply as you look into these images.

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  • redladyart
    redladyartalmost 5 years ago

    What a beautiful close-up shot Ann. I love seeing the details of the sea fan especially. :)

  • Hi Sharon, I found myself taking video footage of both the grouper, and then at times just the sea fans sway with the surge… captivating! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture!! I envy you!!

  • :-)))), thanks Blair! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    This is the prettiest Grouper I have ever seen! Like Blair, I envy you too!

  • They are beautiful and mesmerizing too! Thanks so much, Trish. AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    All right, enough petting – give us a kiss. Wonderful colors in this one, not to mention the textures & overall composition. Good show.

  • :-)))))!!!! Thanks for stopping by! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful viewing – great job all around!!!

  • Thanks so much for your rave review, Anthony! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoalmost 5 years ago

    WOW, is he a beauty!! Love all of the vibrant colors!! I agree with Artwhiz…..GOOD SHOW!!

  • :-))))), so nice to see you drop by, Elizabeth! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • photosecosse /barbara jones
    photosecosse /...almost 5 years ago

    Great capture……..superb colors too!

  • Thanks, Barbara; funny how some grouper shots come out favoring the browns, but this one came out favoring the color of the sea fan! I guess they do mimic their surroundings, now that I think about it. AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot and color on this one. Did you have a chance to dive Stuarts Cove when you were there ? I was supposed to but came down with a bug while I was there. Hope to go back sometime : ))

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 5 years ago

    Oops saw Naussa thought you got this one in the Bahamas, but you were at Little Caymen lol……..Just woke up and not thinking yet !!!!!

  • Hi Sean, haven’t been to the Bahamas yet; thanks for dropping in. AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanover 4 years ago


  • :-)))! Thanks, Angela! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

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