SCUBA Diving the Pitons

St. Lucia


The Pitons are two mountainous volcanic plugs, volcanic spires, located in Saint Lucia. The Gros Piton is 771 metres (2,530 ft) high, and the Petit Piton is 743 metres (2,438 ft) high; they are linked by the Piton Mitan ridge.The volcanic complex includes a geothermal field with sulphurous fumeroles and hot springs. Coral reefs cover almost 60% of the site’s marine area. A survey has revealed 168 species of finfish, 60 species of cnidaria, including corals, eight molluscs, 14 sponges, 11 echinoderms, 15 arthropods and eight annelid worms. The dominant terrestrial vegetation is tropical moist forest grading to subtropical wet forest, with small areas of dry forest and wet elfin woodland on the summits. At least 148 plant species have been recorded on Gros Piton, 97 on Petit Piton and the intervening ridge, among them eight rare tree species. The Gros Piton is home to some 27 bird species (five of them endemic), three indigenous rodents, one opossum, three bats, eight reptiles and three amphibians.


 


Barry hydrating before the dive.


The slope of these mountains continues underwater. Instead of trees and shrubs, like above, it is covered with corals and sponges.


And the photographic hunt begins.


Lizard fish in the distance.


Very cool purple color.


Morey eel.


Trumpet fish.


The blackest lionfish I've ever seen.


Where part of the mountain crumbled into the ocean. A landslide.


When I saw this vase sponge, I was sure there was a bottle inside of it.


So much so, that when I tried to remove it, I realized it was a indentation, maybe where a bottle had been.


Arrowhead crab.


Squirrelfish.


Yellow grunts.


They call it brain coral for a reason.


A black and white parrotfish.


Butterfly fish.


I'm still not sure what this is. I'm going to pretend it's an underwater caterpillar.


Filefish