The photographs were taken September 2014 on the beach opposite the Sol Rio de Luna y Mares Playa Esmeralda , Guardalavaca , Holguin province , Cuba. I suggest anyone visiting this hotel to bring a snorkel you will not be disappointed as everything is in shallow water and safe.
The patch of rock lies directly opposite "la Pinta " beach restaurant and as is terraced forming a number of reefs under the water.
It is not very deep and this guy is snorkeling in about a meter and a half of water. The sea bed is a mass of fossilized coral and living coral. Sea shells, fish and sea urchins are abundant.
Above is a example of the fossilized coral found snorkeling. This haul took around five minutes to gather together.
Just as much can be found on the foreshore like these large pieces of fossilized coral that can be found ashore below the strand line between the rocky area and the sand.
One of the many larger pieces found ashore.
Examples of selected pieces found snorkeling.
Examples of sea shells found on the strand line and on the fossilized reefs. I kept it simple by keeping one of each species and colour to take home. I must mention that none of these were difficult to find and there are plenty of them.
A Tiger Lucine sea shell , there are many of these to be found in the water and I kept just this one.
I like this piece as it does resemble Pasta, so I now own a piece of fossilized Pasta.I only took a four small examples of fossilized coral out of Cuba and photographed the rest. I do know that fragments of fossilized corals are exempt from international convention so I was in the clear. Plus previous experience with Cuban authorities is don't get greedy and you will be alright.