Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Thanet coastlife in Cuba part 2 - more fossilized coral.

Following on from the previous posting, I have put together a series of photographs to act as a guide for anyone visiting this part of Cuba. Also for those who are interested in the subject of fossilized coral.
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. 



Sunday, 5 October 2014

Thanet coastlife in Cuba.

Recently I spent two weeks holiday in Cuba and as usual I took the opportunity to completely map out the area of the coast where I am staying. The intention being to build up a small collection and just to log where items can be found and seen out of interest. The part of Cuba where I was staying was on the Atlantic coast in Holguin province at a hotel called Sol Rio de Luna y Mares situated  in Guardaclavaca.
The area of beach opposite the hotel is well publicized on youtube and all contributors have covered everything very well. So what are the main features and what can be found and seen ?
I suppose the most outstanding feature has to be the fossilized coral that is unmissable. To the left of the hotel beach there is a small headland of which I had attached as a photograph, plus it can also be seen clearly seen on youtube. This headland consists entirely of fossilized coral like the cliff behind it. Both the cliff and headland have many interesting formations of which I have photographed below for reference.



Above, the headland as seen to the left of the Hotel Mares.



The cliff face as seen facing the head land.


Fossilized coral formations as from ground level.


Above and below more coral formations at ground level.





Lumps of fossilized coral pushed up against the cliff by the tide.


A view from the headland looking back at the hotel.


Above and below close up view of the fossilized corals.


Below, further in from the waters edge many lumps of fossilized brain coral are be found. This was the largest piece I came across and used my shoe to give so idea of scale.