1. Stingray Sandbar lies in the North Sound of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, often mistakenly called "Stingray City", which is a nearby dive site.
    It is a tourist attraction, where Southern Stingrays are found in abundance and visitors can pet and interact with the animals.
    'Scar' is a female Stingray whom got hit by a boat propellor some 10 years ago.
    Although she healed pretty well, her deep scar is a witness of the often not so fortunate interaction of humans with wildlife.
    This film is entirely filmed with her and is a tribute to her painful testimonial: people, watch out and take care for the wildlife!
    At the end she swims away with her (boy)friend 'Tailless' to explore the deep blue...

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  2. Enjoy this impression of the outside of the Kittiwake, the world famous artificial reef in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
    The ex-USS Kittiwake was a Submarine Rescue vessel (ASR-13). She was part of the 6th Submarine squadron (SUBRON 6) home ported at the Destroyer-Submarine piers in Norfolk, VA.

    She was built by Savannah Machine & Foundry Co. (Savanna, Georgia), awarded May 11, 1944 near the end of WWII, launched July 10, 1945 and commissioned July 18, 1946.

    The Kittiwake had an illustrious service for over 54 years, being decommissioned September 30, 1994. After being laid up by the US Navy for 6 years, the Kittiwake was transferred to the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) in March of 2000. From 2000 - 2009, she resided at the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, Virginia (Norfolk area).

    MARAD issued an invitation to both US and International applicants to apply for the donation of a ship for the purposes of artificial reefing in 2004, and the Cayman Islands applied for a ship. The Cayman Islands was approved as the pilot project for the “donation of a ship from MARAD to a foreign Government for the purposes of artificial reefing”.

    The Kittiwake was transferred from MARAD to the Cayman Islands Government in August 2009 and was cleaned and remediated in Norfolk, Virginia to become an artificial reef. This included substantial work including the removal of all hazardous materials (like pcb's, asbestos, mercury, cabling, wires, oils, lubricants and a very long list). Additionally, all thin or loose materials that could break off during or soon after sinking were removed. The Kittiwake is possibly the 'cleanest' wreck even to be sunk as an artificial reef.

    kittiwakecayman.com/

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  3. On our way to our safety stop from a Kittiwake dive we met this lovely juvenile Hawksbill Turtle. This was at 45 feet just West of the Kittiwake.
    You can see the USS Kittiwake in the distance and, if you watch in full screen mode, you can see two CCR divers at the hull of the Kittiwake.
    I didn't use any light other then the sun.
    I had a Magic Filter.

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  4. A nice encounter at Lighthouse Point, Grand Cayman, with a Hawksbill Turtle. Filmed with ambient light only.
    I didn't use any filter.
    I've reedited the footage and added a soundtrack

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  5. Technically this video is a failure because of the shooting circumstances.
    I was going for a shallow dive 30-50ft with sun and partly cloudy.
    I wanted to do some tests with the Magic Filter on ambient light.
    I had a wide angle lens 10-24mm.
    So I dived without lights and Magic Filter.
    At 50 feet however I noticed the sharks and followed them to the wall.
    When I was close enough to them for filming (remember I was on 10-24mm), I was at 90-100ft, where I leveled.
    So I had not so much ambient light, very little colors and the Magic Filter which isn't supposed to be used under 50ft.
    Still it was a memorable moment which I would like to share with you all!

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Cayman Islands Underwater

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Here you can find video's showing the beauty of the underwater world Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac have to offer.
The Cayman Islands offer for the very best of Caribbean Diving.
The islands aren't mountainous and don't have rivers, so…


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Here you can find video's showing the beauty of the underwater world Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac have to offer.
The Cayman Islands offer for the very best of Caribbean Diving.
The islands aren't mountainous and don't have rivers, so they don't have run-off into the oceans, inhibiting reef development.
All three Cayman Islands are actually submerged mountains tops so they have incredible walls all around the islands, reaching in some areas 20,000 feet or more in depth!
The Caymans have always been very conscious of their precious resource and guarded it by establishing Marine Parks, limiting fishing, virtually spear fishing, outlawing anchoring, educating divers and self-policing the behaviour of our dive operations.
In short: it's a bliss to live and dive in Cayman!

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