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By Jesse Cancelmo

                                                                                                              

Whale shark at Stetson Bank in the Gulf of Mexico.

Whale shark at Stetson Bank in the Gulf of Mexico.

Scalloped hammerhead sharks school at the East and West Flower Garden Banks during winter months.

Scalloped hammerhead sharks school at the East and West Flower Garden Banks during winter months.

The scrawled cowfish has a distinctive shape with blue patterns over its body

The scrawled cowfish has a distinctive shape with blue patterns over its body.

Ruby red brittle stars are nocturnal creatures that become aroused when the coral spawns.

Ruby red brittle stars are nocturnal creatures that become aroused when the coral spawns.

Normally nocturnal spiny lobsters are often seen during the day at Stetson Park

Normally nocturnal spiny lobsters are often seen during the day at Stetson Bank.

Brain coralheads at the East Flower Gardens Bank erupt with spawn seven to 10 nights after the August full moon.

Brain coralheads at the East Flower Gardens Bank erupt with spawn seven to 10 nights after the August full moon.

Red night shrimp are seen during night dives at the East and West Flower Garden Banks.

Red night shrimp are seen during night dives at the East and West Flower Garden Banks.

Formations of spotted eagle rays cruise through the East and West Flower Garden reefs in winter.

Formations of spotted eagle rays cruise through the East and West Flower Garden reefs in winter.

Barracudas are known for their lightening speed and intimidating dentures.

Barracudas are known for their lightening speed and intimidating dentures.

A loggerhead turtle swims through a gas production platform near the East Texas Flower Garden reef.

A loggerhead turtle swims through a gas production platform near the East Texas Flower Garden reef.

A majestic manta ray glides above the East Texas Flower Garden reef.

A majestic manta ray glides above the East Texas Flower Garden reef.

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