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Exploring the underwater world is something that thousands of divers enjoy each year. Grand Cayman is blessed with perhaps, the best diving worldwide. Clear, warm waters prevail throughout the year, and two of the most popular shore dives in all of Grand Cayman are just seconds form central George Town.

Eden Rock Diving Center is nestled on the ironshore and is the gateway to Eden Rock and Devil's Grotto, reputed to be the second and third best shore dives in the world. Both dives, just a short swim from the shore, are extremely popular among returning divers and snorkelers. The shallow water entry (4 feet) and gently sloping bottom which opens out to Eden Rock and Devil's Grotto makes this an ideal site for a first  or warm up dive.

 Gray Angel Fish on Eden Rock

Devil's Grotto features a plethora of grottos, caverns, caves, and tunnels which rarely bottoms out in more than 45 feet of water. The top of the reef rises to within a few feet of the surface and is home to many colorful reef fish. Most tunnels and caves have sky-light openings through which sun beams illuminate the diver's view inside.

Quite often the silversides can be found in the hallows of Eden Rock and Devil's Grotto. Schools of thousands of these tiny fish move in unison  at they alertly keep an eye on the large Tarpon which frift in and out of the tunnels and occasionaly dart in with mouth open for a bite of lunch. A most spectacular sight.

Article form Vacation Cayman 1995.

The Atlantic Silverside, Menidia menidia, also known as spearing in the north east of the United States, is a small species of fish from the West Atlantic. Silversides are found in the shallow waters of Cayman in caves, tunnels and under overhangs. There are more in the summer months and can be found in the shallows close to beaches.    The local fishermen used to catch them for bait with casting nets. They are a common subject of scientific research because of their sensitivity to environmental changes.

The fish is about 15 cm (5.9 in) long, mostly silver and white. It eats smaller (biotic) animals and plants – small Crustaceans, Algae, Annelid Worms, Shrimp, Zooplankton, Copepods, Amphipods, and insects.

The Atlantic silverside’s predators are larger predatory fish – Striped Bass, Blue Fish, Atlantic Mackerel, Tarpon – and many shore birds, including Egrets, Terns, Cormorants, and Gulls

These small schooling fish are seen to gather in the caves and tunnels of Eden Rock and Devils Grotto, which can harbor the nearly defenseless fish from predation as well as provide safe haven for spawning.

The Atlantic silverside’s defense is to hide in dark crevices. They are also quick swimmers and their coloration of silver and a little white makes it confusing to the Tarpon predators to determine the direction the fish are heading. The silverside's strongest form of defense is the strength-in-numbers strategy, where fish will school in large numbers to diminish their chances of being the one picked off by a predator.