With a protected Marine Park and some of the best preserved corals in the Caribbean, it follows that St. Eustatius is home to some amazing marine life.
Statia is known to be home to a plethora of flying gurnards which form a highlight on many dives. In several areas, divers have been known to see a dozen or more of these spectacular fish in a single dive. Even if they are generally uncommon in the Caribbean, they certainly are not in Statia.
The reef system has several cleaning stations which draw in a large number of creatures including large schools of French Gunts, Black-bar Soldierfish, spotted drums, turtles, sting rays, barracuda, goatfish, squirrelfish, lobster, eels and octopus. The peacock flounder is also occasionally seen.
Lucky divers might spot something a little bigger. Occasional visitors include eagle rays, humpback whales, pilot whales, dolphins and bull sharks.
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