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The Crack Reef

This is a wall reef with a steep drop-o broken up by several large vertical cracks, which often contain large crabs or nocturnal  shes. The deeper parts of the reef feature plateform corals, while the convoluted interface between sand and reef along the top of the wall creates a complex habitat that shelters a wealth of marine life

Points of Special Interest

1. Brown garden eel colony - Garden eels hide in the sand and consume small planktonic organisms that drift by in the currents

2. Giant anemone - The largest and arguably most beautiful Caribbean anemone. Small invertebrates, such as shrimps and crabs, often hide among its stinging tentacles

3. Pillar coral colonies - These beautiful corals grow in tall columns that stretch towards the surface. Their polyps are large, making the colony appear furry

4. Channel clinging crab cave - This large spiny crab can grow to nearly a metre across (over 30 inches). It is often found hiding in caves and cracks in the reef

5. Decorator crabs - These tiny, cryptic crabs are very hard to spot. They 'decorate' their body with bits of algae, sponge, and stinging anemones to better blend in with their soft coral home

6. Plateform coral zone - Plateform corals are common in deeper water where their shape helps them capture more sunlight. Look underneath to find nocturnal creatures hiding in their shade

7. Red lionfish zone - This Pacific Ocean species was accidentally introduced to the region over a decade ago and has since exploded in number in the absence of natural predators

8. Sand tilefish burrows - When threatened, they retreat to their carefully constructed burrow in the sand

Species to Discover

Giant Anemone, Banded Butterflyfish, Brown Garden Eel, Porcupinefish, Boulder Star Coral, Mahogany Snapper, Yellow Goatfish, Sand Tilefish, Channel Clinging Crab, Decorator Crab, Flamingo Tongue, Pederson Cleaning Shrimp, Red Lionfish, Queen Conch

The Crack Reef Points of Interestzoom image
  • Location Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos
  • Dive Site 15-40 m (50-130 ft)
The Crack Reef, Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicoszoom image