What is Bloody Bay Wall?
One of the most pristine underwater sites in the world, Bloody
Bay Wall is part of a unique ocean reef system surrounding Little
Cayman Island, a popular destination for scuba divers in the British
West Indies. The unusual characteristics of the reef's architecture
provide exceptional underwater visibility, and a diverse profusion
of marine life thrives on and about its submerged cliff walls.
The Cayman Islands are part of an undersea mountain range, the
flattened tips just barely emerging from the water to form the
islands. Clinging to the tops and sides of these mountains, in
the shallower water that rings the islands, is one of the richest
accumulations of coral-reef marine life anywhere in the world.
At Bloody Bay Wall, on the north shore of Little Cayman Island,
the sea floor ends abruptly at a depth of only 18 - 25 feet, dropping
off into a 6,000 foot vertical cliff. Many types of hard and soft
coral grow along it's craggy face. Sharing living space with the
corals are vivid yellow tube sponges, red rope sponges and wonderous
sea fans. Thousands of mobile creatures inhabit the wall as well,
some seeking the wall's excellent protection from predators, and
others searching its shelters for prey. Tiny shrimp, brittlestars,
Christmas tree worms, lobsters, sea cucumbers, moray eels, and
countless varieties of small brilliantly colored fish coexist
in timeless balance. Turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, baracudas,
groupers and sharks are often found swimming nearby.
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