Lucy has spent many years underwater getting to know marine life around the world. Here are some videos about some of her experiences.
Indonesia is home to the smallest seahorses that exist Pygmy Seahorses, Lucy went to visit them and fell in love!
I will never forget my first encounter with the Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse whilst diving off Banka Island at 100 feet. I kind of melted into the water such was my awe at such a tiny cute and what seems like incredibly fragile little creature. It made me feel like a mother wanting to protect her babies, is that odd? Probably but I can’t find a better description of how they made me feel. And then to be shown a pregnant one well that was the icing and the cherry. Enjoy!
Whether you are scuba diving or snorkelling Barbados has some amazing experiences waiting for you to find.
I was asked to make a video for the local schools so the children could get an idea of what lives on the reefs around Barbados. Not all the video was shot whilst diving, some of it was filmed when l was snorkelling very near to shore.
It’s amazing what I can find just snorkelling! There is plenty to see on the inner reefs I hope this video inspires you to go and have a look!
Carlisle Bay is full of marine life from turtles to seahorses and big wrecks to small wrecks. This video showcases the experience you can expect diving here on any given day. It is a popular dive site where the fish life is especially good because the wrecks lie in a marine park where fishermen are not allowed to fish. Somehow the fish know this and flock here.
Here is a list of some of the marine life in the video – yellow goat fish, barracuda, chromis, brain and pencil corals, yellow tube sponge and large barrel sponge, feather dusters and lavender rope sponge. This is also a great place for a night dive.
There are many species of Butterflyfish found in the Caribbean but the Four Eye Butterfly is my favourite. You can see them on nearly every dive around the island they are a common species of butterfly fish. I have also seen them travel along the reef in groups of up to seven at a time. But it was only one time that I ever saw this mating ritual being performed. It really was an amazing sight and I’m so glad that I caught it on film and am able to share the moment.
Pipefish such as this one are not often found whilst diving, infant I’m pretty sure I’ve only seen them snorkelling. This one I found off the beach in Speightstown up on the west side of the island.
They are rarer than seahorses here so I was very excited to find this one. I shot the video when I was snorkelling which was no easy feat I can tell you. Holding my breathe, keeping still and staying down. The more breathe you hold in your lungs the more buoyant you are!
This is a short video about diving at night under the Cement Plant Pier which is a fabulous day dive too. The piers form a natural safe haven for marine life and many different species are attracted to the location. At night various species of fish that spend the daytime hiding on or in the reef come out under the cover of darkness to feed. This is true of fish and reef behaviour all over the world not just in Barbados.
For instance it is great to be able to see crabs and shrimp, eels and lobster. It also means the ‘daytime’ preferring fish try to sleep so I aim to disturb them as little as possible.
Along the west coast of Barbados there are many shallow reefs and sandy areas where southern sting rays frequent. They particularly like areas where local fisherman clean their catch, they eat the discarded fish remains. They are not the only feeders I have also seen turtles, octopus and jacks all enjoying the free meal.
There is often no need to go deep or far from the shore as with the content of this video. Enjoy!
You can find a variety of Frogfish in Barbados this video shows a Striated frogfish and a Black one.
They really are very interesting creatures and I love them. Frogfish spend most of the time sitting motionless on the reef and are extremely well camouflaged. They have lures which come out of their heads just above their mouths. They wiggle them around to attract unknowing fish towards their mouths and with one swift lunge the fish is gone!