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January 29, 2015
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Plaamoo
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I'm headed here for a week next month and wondering if there is anything interesting fish-wise i should be looking for? Flying into Cancun and getting out ASAP. Renting a car and heading South to Tulum. Any ideas?

Thanks, Jim

January 29, 2015
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You've got to be kidding me! Not jealous at all...Kiss

Presumably you're heading down the coast via Playa del Carmen or will you go inland too? Loads of interesting stuff in that area like Hyphessobrycon compressus (type species of that genus), Cynodonichthys (ex-Rivulus) tenuis, Cyprinodon artifronsFloridichthys polyommusJordanella pulchraBelonesox belizanusHeterandria bimaculata, Poecilia mexicana, P. veliferaXiphophorus maculatus (wild platies!), various cichlids, etc.

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January 29, 2015
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Plan isn't complete Matt, rarely is. I like to wing it as much as possible but it's high season and my wife doesn't like sleeping in the car :). Smaller, quieter places suit us better. Yes heading down the coast, planned to stop in Akumal but not finding accommodation available yet. Plenty in Tulum so will likely base there. Hope to hit Chichen itza for a day. Have you been? Any suggestions??

February 26, 2015
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Took a swim in the Grand Cenote just outside of Tulum today and found a few nice fish. No idea what they are and no time for searching. Pics are disappointing, I haven't used the underwater outfit for a few years. There was also a beautiful cichlid that I didn't get a decent shot of but do have a glimpse on video that I'll upload when I can.

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These were stunning. Lots pf breeding activity and vicious algae munching!

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February 26, 2015
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February 26, 2015
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Underwater shots, look nice!

Do you have a box a camera goes in or a submersible camera?

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February 26, 2015
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Me thinks the catfish is Rhamdia laticauda.

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February 26, 2015
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Great pics Jim! The molly might be Poecilia orri?

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Thanks Matt & Shovelnose! Bill I'm using a Canon S95 and the housing that's made for it.

February 27, 2015
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Took A walk through the jungle at the Muyil ruins today and the Sian ka'an Biosphere. First came upon this little pothole and was amazed at the inhabitants. No way to catch & photo here so I stuck the camera in and took some shots. Stills not as good as video.

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March 3, 2015
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These are from Gran Cenote.

March 5, 2015
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Lovely videos Jim! Especially enjoyed the little pothole biotope but it all looks amazing. Wonder if that Trachemys turtle is native or not?

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Matt said
 Wonder if that Trachemys turtle is native or not?

I think so Matt. According to someone on the ichthyology facebook page Trachemys venusta. Also got ids for some fish.

Astyanax aeneus

Heterandria bimaculata

And from Pete Liptrot:  "The cichlids look like Rocio (the dark ones), Parachromis friedrichstahlii and a single A. robertsoni (very blue in appearance)."

I have lots of pics but haven't had time to download to photobucket and then here.

March 6, 2015
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Aves de Mexico

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March 6, 2015
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Tropical Mockingbird - Mimus gilvus

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Yucatan Jay - Cyanocorax yucatanicus

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Other critters;

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March 6, 2015
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Tulum Ruins,

"The earliest date found in the site is A.D. 564 , an inscription on a stelae. This places Tulum within the Classic Period, though we know that its heyday was much later, 1200 – 1521 A.D., during the Late Post-classic Period. Tulum was the primary location for the Maya’s extensive trade network with both maritime and land routes converging here."

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March 6, 2015
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Muyil. Lovely, lesser known site. We had it all to ourselves! Behind is the nature walk where I found the little fish hole, and lots of birds!

"Muyil was a densely populated settlement during the pre-Hispanic era. Buildings were mainly of a civic-religious and residential nature and showcase the Peten architectural style. The site’s proximity to Muyil Lagoon made it an important maritime trade route, with relations to Coba well documented. Visitors can travel through the lagoons of Muyil and Chunyaxche including the ancient canal system dredged by the Maya that access the Caribbean Sea through Laguna Campechen and Boca Paila.

Muyil seems to have been settled around 300 B.C., centuries before Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Tulum. It remained as a settlement up until the time of the Spanish invasion in the 16th Century where people either fled from the Spanish out of fear or were killed from diseases spread by the Spanish."

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This was another pool along the boardwalk teaming with cichlids!

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March 8, 2015
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Great post! Thanks for sharing! What a density of fish!

March 17, 2015
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Wonderful stuff Jim, thanks a lot for sharing. Really looks like a stunning part of the world.

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