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Suwanee Reef lies on the northern side of the channel and at it’s shallowest point almost reaches the surface. The reef is spread over a large area but the growth is the most abundant close to this shallow point. The reef is dominated by Pocillopora coral species, a thick branching stony coral that grows in large semi-circular clumps. These coral colonies provide a safe haven for many species of fish and invertebrates. Look among the branches for guard crabs, coral hawkfish, pistol shrimp and the flattened shrimp. These creatures don’t just get a free ride, their job is to keep the corals clean from sediment and ward off any crown of thorn starfish who might try to make a meal of the coral. Damselfish, schools of Chromis and Sergeant majors a a common sight just above the reef as well as several species of adult and juvenile wrasses. Suwanee Reef is a macro lover’s delight, seahorses, nudibranchs and many other invertebrate species can be found here with ease. Sea lions frequent this reef and many species of triggerfish and rays can be found inhabiting the sand surrounding the reef. The reef is circular and can be fully explored in one dive due to it’s shallow depth.

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