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Bob & I did 3 dives at Public Beach on Cayman Brac

This Goliath grouper was my best friend on two different dives; he followed me the entire time and allowed me to pet him; he stuck close and Bob thinks he probably just wanted food

This Goliath grouper was my best friend on two different dives; he followed me the entire time and allowed me to pet him; he stuck close and Bob thinks he probably just wanted food

Bob captured this great photo of me and my best Caymanian friend

Bob captured this great photo of me and my best Caymanian friend

This is typical underwater topography off Cayman Brac; lots of variety with so much to investigate

This is typical underwater topography off Cayman Brac; lots of variety with so much to investigate

This turtle was the only one we saw on three dives at what is called Public Beach on the south side of the island

This turtle was the only one we saw on three dives at what is called Public Beach on the south side of the island

Groupers are known as being very diver-friendly but this one kept me entertained throughout dives two different days; I couldn't believe he'd let me touch him

Groupers are known as being very diver-friendly but this one kept me entertained throughout dives two different days; I couldn't believe he'd let me touch him

We saw quite a few large lionfish; this invasive species is venomous and has very few predators

We saw quite a few large lionfish; this invasive species is venomous and has very few predators

I look like I'm skydiving in the water in this photo Bob took; the deep blue color happens outside of the reef where the depths are much greater

I look like I'm skydiving in the water in this photo Bob took; the deep blue color happens outside of the reef where the depths are much greater

Bob took this photo of 3 lobsters; unfortunately I didn't see them

Bob took this photo of 3 lobsters; unfortunately I didn't see them

Barracudas are ferocious, opportunistic predators that can have short bursts of speed up to 27 mph

Barracudas are ferocious, opportunistic predators that can have short bursts of speed up to 27 mph

Bob and I explored the reef wall off the south side of the island; I was wearing only one flipper to prevent injury to my bad foot which kept getting infected last year after it was rubbed raw (I couldn't feel it) by a flipper

Bob and I explored the reef wall off the south side of the island; I was wearing only one flipper to prevent injury to my bad foot which kept getting infected last year after it was rubbed raw (I couldn't feel it) by a flipper

Two huge coral pipes had been knocked over somehow; sad

Two huge coral pipes had been knocked over somehow; sad

My attempt at a selfie with my friendly grouper

My attempt at a selfie with my friendly grouper

Finally saw a lobster but this large fella was dead

Finally saw a lobster but this large fella was dead

The second half of the week we had ferocious winds which made snorkeling impossible and diving quite difficult

The second half of the week we had ferocious winds which made snorkeling impossible and diving quite difficult

Really enjoyed communing with nature as sea life welcomed us to their world

Really enjoyed communing with nature as sea life welcomed us to their world

1953 saw the airport open on Grand Cayman, the first hospital and the first bank, Barclay's; the first scuba diving center was opened in 1957 on Grand Cayman

1953 saw the airport open on Grand Cayman, the first hospital and the first bank, Barclay's; the first scuba diving center was opened in 1957 on Grand Cayman

The Caymans is a popular tax haven because it has never levied income tax, capital gains tax or any wealth tax

The Caymans is a popular tax haven because it has never levied income tax, capital gains tax or any wealth tax

My grouper did feel slimy but was like a cat that keeps brushing up against you

My grouper did feel slimy but was like a cat that keeps brushing up against you

Mosquitoes were a big problem on the island initially but today they have largely been eradicated

Mosquitoes were a big problem on the island initially but today they have largely been eradicated

Country has 55,000 people but 100,000  businesses are registered here

Country has 55,000 people but 100,000+ businesses are registered here

The same grouper from 2 days before followed me around again on another dive

The same grouper from 2 days before followed me around again on another dive

Considering the excellent visibility I was surprised the fish population seemed so low

Considering the excellent visibility I was surprised the fish population seemed so low

The first hotel on the Cayman Brac was built in 1953; the island has a small hospital, 2 gas stations and only one ATM

The first hotel on the Cayman Brac was built in 1953; the island has a small hospital, 2 gas stations and only one ATM

Bob and I used Nitrox (air with higher % o oxygen) when diving rather than regular air so we were able to stay down slightly longer

Bob and I used Nitrox (air with higher % of oxygen) when diving rather than regular air so we were able to stay down slightly longer

Giant brain coral; these can reach 6 feet high and are often a bright green

Giant brain coral; these can reach 6 feet high and are often a bright green

Cayman Brac is 450 miles south of Miami and northwest of Jamaica; the national dish is turtle stew

Cayman Brac is 450 miles south of Miami and northwest of Jamaica; the national dish is turtle stew

Caymanians enjoy the highest standard of living in the Caribbean; in 1970 there were 403 visitors to the islands, today 2.1 million people visit every year

Caymanians enjoy the highest standard of living in the Caribbean; in 1970 there were 403 visitors to the islands, today 2.1 million people visit every year

Bob and David have looked at buying a house or property on the island

Bob and David have looked at buying a house or property on the island

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