Fish of Jamaica

The following pictures were taken in the waters surrounding Jamaica, primarily near Point Village north of Negril along the seven mile beach.

Sargent Majors Sergeant Majors
A type of striped damsel fish that is found in large schools near the rocks and caves. These friendly guys will swarm around you if you just float on through.
   
Spotted ray Yellow Stingray
There are several types of string rays found in the shallow sand and grasses. Stepping on one can result in a painful sting. Most of the rays are small and will do what ever they can to get out of your way.
   
Spotted ray Butterfly Fish
Is like an angelfish with trimmed fins. Damsel fish can be seen in multiple colors swimming around the coral and rocks.
   
Barracuda Barracuda
You will find them near the rocks. Typical barracuda seen around the shore appear menacing and can be up to one meter in length. Do not feed or spear fish near them. They can be aggressive, respect them.
   
Flying robin Flying Gurnard
A bottom dweller that appears as a mixed fish and lobster at first. Spreads colorful wings when startled. Normally found on bottom in grassy areas. Another name for this fish is a flying robin.
   
Spotted ray Squirrel Fish
Groups of squirrel fish typically found near coral and rocks. They are bright orange with large eye sockets.
   
Spotted eel Spotted Moray Eel
There are no sea snakes but these eels sure look like a snake. Often seen poking out of holes in the rock piles or moving slowly through the sand.
   
Sand diver Sand Diver
A type of lizardfish that dwells in the shallow waters near the grasses. Typically it sits perfectly still and ambushes smaller fish as they swim by with sudden jumps from the bottom.
   
Spotted ray Trumpet Fish
Long slender fish found hiding amongst the grasses you won't notice them until they move. Generally shy.
   
Needle nose Needlefish
Fast swimming near the surface they are always moving and often seen in schools. They are a type of gar fish.
   
Surgeonfish Ocean Surgeonfish
Variations are often seen in multiple colors this fish loves to hang out near the coral heads.
   
Spotted ray Yellowtail Goatfish
A sleak fish that is quick on the move yet generally docile.
   
Stop light parrot fish Parrot Fish
An armored looking fish that feeds on coral. You can hear them munching when you listen underwater. They sound like clicks. The mouth of this fish looks like a parrot beak.
   
Spotted ray Damsel Fish
Some of the prettiest fish are just a few centimeters in size. Brightly colored they quickly skirt around the rocks and coral.
   
Jack fish Jack Fish
A common visitor to the reefs are small jackfish. About the size of your hand they are curious and known to swim right in front of your face just out of arm's reach.
   
Puffed up pufferfish
Puffer Fish
It looks like a blob and when scared blows up into a ball with spikes sticking out. Those little black dots are actually spikes. Don't try to handle these fish without the proper gloves and knowledge.
   
Blue head Bluehead
Brightly colored and quick moving to get out of your way. Just float over the shallow rocks to see lots of these beautiful and small fish.
   
Spotted ray Slippery Dick
Another fast moving fish that is often seen in groups around the shallow areas. You can see schools of them no bigger than your finger tip sometimes.
   
Scorpion fish? Scorpion Fish
Warning - to be avoided! These venomous fish lay near coral and blend in perfectly. If you have a bad encounter with one of these, seek medical attention.
   
Unknown Glasseyed Snapper
Often found swimming about the shallow area these guys are hard to see - they are fast swimmers and very shy to your approach.