As I settled on the starboard quarter of the Spiegel Grove an unusual thing happened. A large fish, in the 15-pound range, maybe 30 yards from me, turned and swam slowly toward me. It did not stop. It was never threatening. It came RIGHT up to me. It was so close, even at my camera's widest zoom, all I could get was a shot of its head, above photo #1. I guessed it was a mutton snapper, but after looking at the DVD, I doubt it. Do you have an opinion of its species?
Photo #2, above, is also of a fish on the deck of the Spiegel Grove. I know it is a less-than-perfect photo, but the fish was shy and kept swimming behind the rungs of a ladder. I don't have a clue to the identity of this fish, and I would really appreciate your input.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011, Spiegel Grove, inshore buoy, Key Largo, Florida, depth approximately 90 feet, temperature approximately 66 degrees Fahrenheit, camera Olympus Stylus 600 and Photoshop.