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Close up photographs of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, USA

The Gulf of Mexico off the coast of the United States and in particular those of Texas is a place not very known by scuba divers. Most of them that we met there live in Texas. This is certainly one of the reasons that all dive sites are perfectly preserved and that life grows as thoroughly.

Diving in the Gulf of Mexico is a unique and exceptional experience in the life of a diver. First dive sites are located more than 160 kilometers (256 miles) off the coast of Texas. It is necessary to make a diving cruise to visit one of the national marine reserves of the United States: Flower Garden. This marine sanctuary consists of two large fully covered hard coral reefs: East and West Flower Garden Flower Garden. They are separated by 18 kilometers (29 miles). The area covers an area of 100 hectares. West Zone covers an area of 40 hectares. It is home to over 20 species of coral and over 180 species of tropical fish. As Flower Garden is very far from inhabited coasts, scientists recognize that this is one of the healthiest reef systems in the world. It is an oasis for marine species.

Another extraordinary plateau is Stetson Bank. It covers 15 hectares but it is certainly the most spectacular with bare formations that make thinking of a lunar landscape. We will come back in another gallery.

Marine life in the Gulf of Mexico goes from the small nudibranch to the big whale shark through school of kingfish, white tip sharks, reef sharks and manta rays. Most of the tropical fish species are represented. In this slideshow dedicated to marine life in the Gulf of Mexico, we have chosen to show some close-ups. Any underwater photographers can easily spend an entire dive to 20 meters on a few square meters so the density and variety of species is important. The main difficulty is that it is impossible to touch the seabed because the bottom is covered with corals.

An underwater photographer must always perfectly master his buoyancy to achieve the shots. The slightest mistake causes significant damage to the corals.

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