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The Yellow Trumpet fish

The Yellow Trumpet fish

The Yellow Trumpet fish (aulostomus maculatus) is a ray-finned fish from the family of trumpet fish (Aulostomidae) order pipefishes (SYNGNATHIFORMES), which occurs in the west, east and west of the Atlantic.

The Yellow Trumpet fish

The Yellow-Trumpet fish

Aulostomus maculatus can reach a maximum length of 100 centimeters. The body of the fish has an elongated shape. The dorsal fin has 12 spines and 21-25 rays and the anal fin has 21-25 rays.

The Yellow Trumpet fish
Aulostomus maculatus is a saltwater fish found in subtropical seas. The species is mainly found in the waters around coral reefs. The depth at which the species occurs is 2 to 25 meters below the surface.

The fish diet consists mainly of animal food, mainly small fish.

 

Trumpet fish swim slowly, sneak into unsuspecting prey, or lie motionless like a floating stick, oscillating back and forth with the wave motion of the water. They are skilled to camouflage and often swim in alignment with other, larger fish. They feed almost on small fish, such as bait and atheriniformes, by sucking them.

Trumpet fish are closely related to cornetfish. Trumpetfish can be a little over 36 inches (3 ft) long and has much longer elongated body with small cheeks at the front of its long, tubular-shaped snouts. The gills are pectinate, similar to the teeth of a comb, and a soft back fin is found near the tail fin. A series of spines in front of the back fin. Trumpetfish vary in color from brown to green, but also yellow in some areas. A black stripe, and a pair of dark spots is found on the base of the tail fin.

Trumpet fish live in waters between 0.5 and 30 meters (1.6 and 98.4 ft) deep and can grow to a length of 40 to 80 cm (15.5 to 31.5 inches). They are sometimes abundant locally over coral atoll reefs or in lagoons, where they can be caught in areas of heavy wave. The spawning habits of the trumpet fish are unknown, but in the region around Madeira the females are known to have ripe eggs from March to June.

read more..: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumpetfish

Frigate bird Large bird

Frigate bird Large bird

The Frigate bird is one of the largest birds flying around St Maarten. An adult male has a wingspan of nearly two meters! They have a easy recognizable silhouette in the sky, due to their forked tail. Frigate bird Large birdThe male is distinguished by a red throat pouch, which swells enormously in the mating season. The frigate bird can endlessly float through the air without a wing beat. They are true air acrobats and often chase other seabirds with less stamina until they release their fish. Frigate bird Large bird.

The moment they have discovered a prey to steal from, the wings are folded up and they shoot in a quick swoop down. when they are approaching the surface to within a few centimeters, the wings unfold and they float back up again is, of course, with the loot in their beak. They will never land on the water, because they are not able to then take off again. Their plumage is in fact not waterproof, the frigate bird can therefore not swim and dive.

read more..: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigatebird

 

NATURE SXM St Maarten Martin

NATURE SXM St Maarten Martin

NATURE SXM St Maarten Martin

Anse Marcel

In the far north of the island is Anse Marcel, with the Riu hotel. Also a nature reserve and a number of beautiful hiking trails, which makes it more interesting to stay here.



Interior

Pic Paradis is the highest mountain in St Maarten. It is 411 meters high. On the slopes of Pic Paradis is the Loterie Farm, where you can take part in jungle tours, ziplines or an excursion toNATURE SXM St Maarten Martin thermal springs. Although it is a very friendly island, adorned Saint Martin is still mainly with columnar cacti and lower bolcactussen. Only at the St.Peters – Sentry Hill ridge is sufficient rain for tropical forest. Along the edges grows wild everywhere hybiscus, croton, paradise flowers and poinsettias.

Mangroves

Two large lagoons, Simpson Bay Lagoon (Dutch / French) and Oyster Bay (French) offer peace and space for a unique community: the mangrove forests of Saint Martin. On stilt roots in balancing the saltwater mangroves stretch out and are a haven for animals. More than fifty species of birds, including American Little egrets, find food and nesting. Invisible is a vast breeding ground for fish and crabs which inter alia imported raccoons and mongooses love.

Man of War Shoal Marine Park St. Maarten

Since late 2010, the first national marine park of St Martin, the Man of War Shoal Marine Park NATURE SXM St Maarten Martinopened. In this park you will better protect the beautiful reef off the coast of St. Maarten. The area is known as the Proselyte Reef Complex and is of great importance for nature on St. Maarten. With the opening of the marine park is actually the first protected natural area open on the island, a good step towards sustainability. The reef is named after a gun frigate ran aground here in early 19th century. At the bottom are still many archaeological treasures, including guns, pots and anchors, which now constitute the habitat of many fish and corals.



Island Hopping

From St. Martin you can easily visit the smaller, surrounding bounty islands, including Ile de Pinel and Tintamarre île. By ferry or boat you can also make a day trip to other islands such as Saba (15 minutes), St. Barths (15 min flight.), Anguilla (20 minute flight, with the most beautiful beaches of the Caribbean Sea) and St. Eustatius (20 minutes).

Diving and snorkeling on St Maarten

The island offers plenty of beautiful coral reefs where you can snorkel or diving. Especially Great Bay and Little Bay are good diving spots. Man of War Shoal Marine Park is a wonderful place to dive: whales, dolphins and sea turtles swimming among the many smaller fish.