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Plenty to see diving in Costa Maya, Mexico

Gary and I enjoyed the diving more in Costa Maya than in Roatan; the visibility in all three ports was excellent

Gary and I enjoyed the diving more in Costa Maya than in Roatan; the visibility in all three ports was excellent

Known as the couch potato of the shark world, the nurse shark leads a sedentary life; by day, it rests, and by night, it creeps over the sandy floors and coral reefs of its shallow-water habitat, slurping up little animals along the way

Known as the couch potato of the shark world, the nurse shark leads a sedentary life; by day, it rests, and by night, it creeps over the sandy floors and coral reefs of its shallow-water habitat, slurping up little animals along the way

Gary shown a live queen conch; This species is one of the largest mollusks native to the Caribbean with individuals usually living up to 7 years, though in deeper waters their lifespan may reach 20–30 years and maximum lifetime estimates reach 40 years

Gary shown a live queen conch; This species is one of the largest mollusks native to the Caribbean with individuals usually living up to 7 years, though in deeper waters their lifespan may reach 20–30 years and maximum lifetime estimates reach 40 years

Pipehorse (seahorse); just to the left of center is a wormlike pipehorse which can often be found here by sifting through a handful of sand

Pipehorse (seahorse); just to the left of center is a wormlike pipehorse which can often be found here by sifting through a handful of sand

Pederson cleaner shrimp; this transparent species will clean fish which remain stationary while their external parasites are removed and eaten by the shrimp, which even cleans inside the gill covers and the mouth

Pederson cleaner shrimp; this transparent species will clean fish which remain stationary while their external parasites are removed and eaten by the shrimp, which even cleans inside the gill covers and the mouth

Becky has a friend that makes these cool foam hats (she has hundreds of designs); Phyllis looks great in her stylish, new hat

Becky has a friend that makes these cool foam hats (she has hundreds of designs); Phyllis looks great in her stylish, new hat

Tiger's tail sea cucumber; it is the largest sea cucumber known in the western Atlantic Ocean, it is so well camouflaged that it was 1980 before it was first described

Tiger's tail sea cucumber; it is the largest sea cucumber known in the western Atlantic Ocean, it is so well camouflaged that it was 1980 before it was first described

Gray angelfish; this is the largest species of marine angelfish and it feeds mainly on sponges

Gray angelfish; this is the largest species of marine angelfish and it feeds mainly on sponges

Caribbean spiny lobster; they are nocturnal, hiding under cover during the day and coming out to feed at night on on crabs, shellfish, mussels, worms, sea urchins and sand dollars

Caribbean spiny lobster; they are nocturnal, hiding under cover during the day and coming out to feed at night on on crabs, shellfish, mussels, worms, sea urchins and sand dollars

Porifera sponge; we didn't see too much color among the coral species but the sponges were plentiful

Porifera sponge; we didn't see too much color among the coral species but the sponges were plentiful

Some of us were prepared for Halloween!; I was surprised at how many of the passengers wore costumes (which were extremely creative!)

Some of us were prepared for Halloween!; I was surprised at how many of the passengers wore costumes (which were extremely creative!)

Unlike some sharks, nurse sharks use oral muscles to actively suck water into the mouth, supplying oxygen to the gills without needing to swim anywhere

Unlike some sharks, nurse sharks use oral muscles to actively suck water into the mouth, supplying oxygen to the gills without needing to swim anywhere

Barracuda; ingesting barracuda is considerably more harmful to humans than eating any other fish species probably because of the high toxicity of algae eaten by its prey

Barracuda; ingesting barracuda is considerably more harmful to humans than eating any other fish species probably because of the high toxicity of algae eaten by its prey

My parents and I had cruised on Liberty of the Seas once before; for my parents 50th anniversary in 2012 we cruised from Florida to Barcelona but didn't recognize the ship this time since it had undergone refurbishment

My parents and I had cruised on Liberty of the Seas once before; for my parents 50th anniversary in 2012 we cruised from Florida to Barcelona but didn't recognize the ship this time since it had undergone refurbishment

Whiptail stingray; they are heavily preyed on by a number of shark species (especially by hammerheads) so they bury themselves in the sand to avoid detection

Whiptail stingray; they are heavily preyed on by a number of shark species (especially by hammerheads) so they bury themselves in the sand to avoid detection

Large crab; the area sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Dean, a category 5 storm, in August 2007 with the cruise pier destroyed; it took more than 15 months to repair the port before ships returned

Large crab; the area sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Dean, a category 5 storm, in August 2007 with the cruise pier destroyed; it took more than 15 months to repair the port before ships returned

In 2017 the largest Mayan archaeological site, Xcabal, opened to tourists; it's about a one hour bus ride from the cruise dock

In 2017 the largest Mayan archaeological site, Xcabal, opened to tourists; it's about a one hour bus ride from the cruise dock

Feather star crinoid; graceful, flowing arms like fern branches float in the water column, grabbing bits of plankton passing by; these marine animals reproduce every 10-16 months

Feather star crinoid; graceful, flowing arms like fern branches float in the water column, grabbing bits of plankton passing by; these marine animals reproduce every 10-16 months

These garden eels will duck back into their holes if you get too close; they have large eyes and typically live in the sandy areas or in beds of sea grass

These garden eels will duck back into their holes if you get too close; they have large eyes and typically live in the sandy areas or in beds of sea grass

Large porcupinefish; they have few predators, although adults are sometimes preyed upon by sharks and killer whales while juveniles are preyed on by tuna and dolphins

Large porcupinefish; they have few predators, although adults are sometimes preyed upon by sharks and killer whales while juveniles are preyed on by tuna and dolphins

Foureye butterflyfish; this fish is known for its uncanny ability to swim in and around coral heads and reefs; they are able to find their way through the most intricate passages by swimming on its side or even upside down

Foureye butterflyfish; this fish is known for its uncanny ability to swim in and around coral heads and reefs; they are able to find their way through the most intricate passages by swimming on its side or even upside down

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