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Telephone Pole (S) Reef

This is a wall reef that extends south, with many sand channels running over the drop-off. Divers ascend to the back-reef through a series of semi-enclosed tunnels. As they return to the boat, divers pass the Christopher Columbus monument that commemorates the famous explorer

Points of Special Interest

1. Threespot damselfish zone – These feisty little damselfish defend the algae patches they cultivate within their territories, found in the shallow areas of this reef above the tunnel system

2. Coral rubble zone – This area is home to juvenile parrotfishes, damselfishes and basslets, as well as adult jawfish. The rubble provides nooks and crannies where small creatures hide from predators

3. Tunnel zone – Divers ascend to the back reef through this region of semi-enclosed tunnels, where nocturnal fishes take shelter during the day

4. Garden eel colony – These little eels live inside burrows in the sand, and eat small planktonic organisms that drift by in the ocean currents

5. Cristopher Columbus monument – This monument marks the site where the famous explorer first dropped anchor upon discovering the Americas. Look underneath for the sand tilefish that lives here

6. Stingray zone – Southern stingrays feed in sandy areas. Watch for hungry bar jacks that accommpanying the ray in order to snap up creatures disturbed by their friend

7. Anemones & cleaning shrimp – Anemones are common along the sand interface. Red snapping shrimp and Pederson cleaning shrimp sometimes share a home in the anemone’s stinging tentacles

8. Schooling goatfish – Goatfishes are often found in small schools. Note that their chin barbels, which are packed with “taste buds”, help them locate invertebrate prey hidden in the sand

Species to Discover

Red Snapping Shrimp, Blue Tang, Atlantic Triggerfish, Queen Triggerfish, Bar Jack, Southern Stingray, Bluehead Wrasse, Sand Tilefish, Yellowhead Jawfish, Pederson Cleaning Shrimp, Threespot Damselfish, Barred Hamlet, Great Barracuda, Tobaccofish

Telephone Pole (S) Reef Points of Interestzoom image
  • Location San Salvador Island, Bahamas
  • Dive Site 11-40 m (35-130 ft)
Telephone Pole (S) Reef, San Salvador, Bahamaszoom image