Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
Ten miles long and one mile wide, Little Cayman is the smallest of the Cayman Islands. With a resident population of less than 200, untouched wilderness sprawls for miles and tropical creatures outnumber the people. Although it is renowned for its scenic beaches, there’s even more beauty waiting in the waters.
Just off the north coast rests Bloody Bay Wall, an undersea cliff face that is regarded as one of the most breathtaking dive destinations in the word. The vertical drop-off of the coral wall begins at a shallow 30 feet and plunges to an incredible 6,000 feet. What results from these swooping drops is an unrivaled vista of coral and sea fans.
Cracks and crevices along the wall are well inhabited by vibrant sea life. Bloody Bay Wall possesses a collection of exotic sponges unlike any other in the Caribbean. Divers will delight in the myriad of colors before them: red rope sponges blend with neighboring orange vase sponges and turquoise vase sponges. Nearby several other varieties exist in concert: emerald tube sponges, fiery basket sponges, beige vase sponges, and rare yellow tube sponges. While sponges are not the only highlight of Bloody Bay Wall, they certainly provide a magnificent sight.
Bloody Bay Wall is also home to hundreds of mobile ocean critters. Sea cucumbers, groupers, eels, horse-eye jacks, and triggerfish are among the tinier dwellers. Turtles, barracudas, and sharks can also be found trolling the wall for food. These underwater inhabitants have thrived so swimmingly due to the protection provided by Bloody Bay Marine Park. By keeping these creatures safe, Bloody Bay Wall will also live on as one of the greatest dive marvels in the world.
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