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Crocodile Reef

A relatively shallow reef in Grace Bay with a small wall that drops o to meet a large sand patch at almost 30 m/100 ft. The reef has good coral cover with many small and juvenile organisms such as chromis, squirrel fish, parrot fish and urchins. Reef sharks can often be seen at a distance, swimming along deeper areas of the reef.

Points of Special Interest

1. Spiny lobster cave - The Caribbean spiny lobster lacks the large claws typical of northern lobsters. Instead they are protected by a spiny shell and sharp antennae which make them tricky prey to tackle

2. Grouper zone - Several large grouper species can be found along the wall zone of this reef, including the yellow n, Nassau and tiger grouper. These large fish can reach up to 30 years of age

3. Pillar coral colony - Pillar coral colonies grow in tall columns that reach towards the surface. Their large polyps are extended even during the day, when most corals keep their polyps hidden, making the colony appear furry

4. Staghorn coral colony - Staghorn coral is a fragile, branching species that has become rare in the Caribbean over the past decade largely as a result of pollution, global warming, disease and storm damage

5. Redlip blenny zone - Redlip blennies live in shallower reef zones. Their negative buoyancy and ability to cling to the reef with their pectoral fins make them ideally suited to areas of high swell and current

6. Nurse shark zone - Sluggish nurse sharks are common in the sandy channels around the mooring. You should also look out for their more active cousins, Caribbean reef sharks, in deeper reef areas

Species to Discover

Blue Tang, Mantis Shrimp, Redlip Blenny, Redspotted Hawkfish, Foureye Butterflyfish, Porcupinefish, Schoolmaster Snapper, Goldentail Moray, Flamingo Tongue, Blue Chromis, Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Threespot Damselfish, Christmas Tree Worm, Queen Parrotfish

Crocodile Reef Points of Interestzoom image
  • Location Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos
  • Dive Site 12-25 m (40-80 ft)
Crocodile Reef, Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicoszoom image