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Another reason to love a night snorkel. We see these little guys quite often at night usually near the sea grass beds and shore.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Diodontidae
Genus: Chilomycterus
Species: Chilomycterus antennatus

Or to you and me a Bridled Burrfish!

Fun Fact - the Burrfish will inflate their body if they're harrassed
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Meet Stumpy
Stumpy lives here at Tobacco Caye and every day can be seen cruising about the shallows.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Myliobatiformes
Family: Potamotrygonidae
Genus: Styracura
Species: Styracura schmardae

Or as we like to call them, Caribbean Whiptail Stingrays. Sometimes called the Chupare Stingray.

Fun Fact - Stumpy lost his tail in a freak skiing accident last winter in the Alps....they can also grow up to two meters in width!
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We love a good night snorkel here at Tabacco Caye Marine Station. In fact it's probably our favourite type of snorkeling because that's when all the crazy cool stuff comes out. Like this little fella here!

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Teuthida
Family: Loliginidae
Genus: Sepioteuthis
Species: Sepioteuthis sepioidea

Or to you and me, the Caribbean Reef Squid.

Fun fact, the Caribbean reef squid is semelparous, yay!
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Credit : Mathilde Loubeyres ...

It's always a pleasure to take our students to Carribow Caye, where the wonderful managers and researchers of the Smithsonian Field Station give them a tour of their facilities and introduce them the field part of Top level science.
Photo credit: Mathilde Loubeyres
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