Top 10 fish when diving in the BVI
When you dive in the BVI, you will encounter more fish species than you can count
Diving in the BVI will introduce you to a wide variety of beautiful and colorful fish species.
This brilliant fish is neon blue and bold yellow in color. It dwells in the coral reefs and is usually alone or in pairs, feeding on sponges and swimming between the coral.
Spotted Eagle Ray
Sometimes simply referred to as a sting ray by locals, the spotted eagle ray has dramatic spots across its back that range in color from white, greenish, pearly white, bluish, or yellow. These graceful swimmers are typically found in open water. They eat fish, shellfish, octopus, shrimp, and sea urchins.
Sometimes known as the Boxfish, the Trunkfish are square in shape. They have white spots on their dark bodies with a honeycomb pattern along their sides and a dark patch on the mouth. They are quite common in the Caribbean and swim between 15 and 80 feet.
The Spotlight Parrotfish is a rainbow of colors and a must-see for anyone snorkeling in the BVI. It has a shimmering emerald green body with reddish scales on its sides, yellow to orange on its tail, blue and purple dorsal and anal fins, and a prominent yellow spot just above its gill cover. Parrotfish use their beaks to scrape algae from dead coral to eat, making a crunching sound.
These bright blue fish are easy to spot among the coral, rocks, and sea grass. They are bright blue in color with a black swirl on their bodies and yellow accents on their tail. They congregate together with other algae eaters, finding a meal for themselves and cleaning other fish in the process. Blue Tang have tail fin spines, so as always, look, but do not touch.
While not the prettiest fish in the Caribbean, bone fish are still quite interesting. Smaller fish swim in schools in shallow water, while large adults typically swim alone. They feed on worms, mollusks, and crustaceans.
This long, thin fish swims nose down in order to hide among the grasses. You might miss it if you aren’t looking for it. They hunt alone and are rather sneaky at capturing small fish and crustaceans, often by hiding behind plant-eating fish before ambushing their prey.
These distinctive groupers are nearing extinction due to overfishing of their spawning grounds. They are one to two feet in length and have brown lines over their bodies and a black spot at the base of the tail.
Queen Trigger Fish
Locally known as the Ol’ Wife, queen trigger fish are beautiful, but dangerous. The poisonous trigger located on the top can inflict pain, so steer clear. The swim alone or in schools in rocky areas or among the coral.
These angelfish have a bright yellow and black body with a light yellow tail and blue or purple lips. Rock beauties eat sponges and are quite common in the Caribbean in waters as shallow as ten feet.