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Franko’s Bonaire Mini-map and Reef Creatures Identification Guide
This is one of my favorite fish cards because it is all about one of the world’s greatest coral reef ecosystems, and the incredible opportunities it offers to divers and snorkelers.  Side 1 of Franko’s Bonaire “fish card” is a mini map of Bonaire and Klein Bonaire with a listing of 86 alpha-numeric dive sites within its underwater National Park.  Dive site buoys are installed, numbered and maintained the Council of Underwater Resort Operators of Bonaire (aka “CURO”).  Most of the sites around Bonaire (sites 1 through 60 on the Bonaire Franko map) are also accessible from shore.  Klein Bonaire sites (sites A through Z on the Bonaire Franko map) must be reached by boat.  These sites as they appear on the Bonaire Franko map are listed below.  As all divers should know, Bonaire is certainly one of the top diving destinations in the world.  Bonaire’s tranquil, clear waters are especially friendly to underwater photography.  In fact, underwater photographers like to call Bonaire the “Macro Capitol of the Caribbean”.  When in Bonaire, visitors will note that Bonaire automobile license plates proclaim the words “Diver’s Paradise”.  This Franko map/fish card is dedicated to promoting Bonaire’s fabulous underwater scenery, and inspires the viewer to love the reef creatures that inhabit Bonaire’s underwater national park, which entirely surrounds the island(s) and extends to 200 feet deep.  The colors of my map proclaim “Bonaire is beautiful and fabulous!”; and “I love Bonaire!”  Bonaire looks like a jewel within a beautiful setting of descending hues of ocean blues.  The shaded relief of the hills, which represents the topography of Bonaire, was actually hand-drawn by yours truly, based on old British Admiralty charts of the island.  The map also includes a miniature globe map for a perspective of just where in the world Bonaire sits.  Side 1 of this fish card also shows a couple of sea turtles – both the green sea turtle and the hawksbill sea turtle.  These turtles and a few other creatures of the reef are a preview for what is on side 2 of Franko’s Bonaire Mini-map and Reef Creatures Identification Guide.  Side 1 is the Bonaire Mini-map, but side 2 is the viewer will find nearly 100 or colorful reef creatures constituting the Reef Creatures Identification Guide portion of the fish card.  The map is colorful because I simply made it that way, but Side 2 is colorful because that is just the way nature intended Bonaire’s beautiful reefs to be.  No artist could imagine so much beauty that is in every single part of and within every single creature on the Bonaire reef.  The colors of this side of Franko’s fish card of Bonaire proclaim “Bonaire’s reef creatures are beautiful and fabulous!”; and “I love Bonaire’s reefs!”  But this isn’t just a nice picture of Bonaire’s beautiful Caribbean reef creatures.  Indeed, it is also a useful tool for divers and snorkelers who are interested in knowing what it is they are looking at when they are down there.  This fish card is actually waterproof and durable, so divers can take it with them for underwater fish identification, if they wish.  The viewer will note that the fish card has a sampling of approximately 100 of Bonaire’s most common and most beautiful reef creatures.  However, there are actually hundreds more!  The fish card would be huge to actually show them all!  However, this is a great sampling of the usual characters, including a few, but definitely not all of the various parrotfishes, triggerfishes, angelfishes, wrasse, filefishes, groupers, grunts, rays, surgeonfishes, sharks, lobsters, corals, sea fans, sponges, mollusks, and much more.  Many thanks go to Trident Diving Equipment, which provides diving supplies and their own fish cards world-wide, because the good people there helped me greatly in my fish artwork.  Choosing which 100 or-so reef creatures was a task that was aided by a few scientists who have made it their passion to study Caribbean reef creatures.  This fish card has actually evolved since its first edition, with the addition of a few species, such as the peacock flounder, and the replacement of others.  I originally intended to depict a few more species of shark on side 1, the Bonaire mini-map side of the fish card.  However, they just seemed a bit menacing and didn’t really represent the tranquility of Bonaire’s wonderful reefs.  Those are examples of how this fish card and map are actually works in progress, as are all Franko Maps products.  There is always room for improvement, and inputs are welcome and often very helpful.  So, go ahead and help, if you wish, by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  While I’m at it I’m going to write down a list of every single Bonaire reef creature that is on my fish card.  I believe the current number of creatures stands at 113!  Plus a few juveniles and male vs. female depictions.  Since I put them on the fish card in random order in the first place, I’ll list them here in random order.  So, is the 2006 edition of Franko’s Bonaire Mini-map and Reeef Creatures Identification Guide list:

Franko’s Caribbean Reef Creatures:
Queen Conch
Hermit Crab
Southern Stingray
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
White-spotted
Eagle Ray
Blue Tang
Slippery Dick
Barred Hamlet
Triton's Trumpet
Bermuda Chub
Smooth Trunkfish
Yellowhead Wrasse
Black Durgon
Glasseye Snapper
Pluma
Queen Triggerfish
Longspine Squirrelfish
Redlip Blenny
Sergeant Major
Sargassum Triggerfish
Blue Chromis
Sand Diver
Scrawled Filefish
Foureye Butterflyfish
Spiny Lobster
Coral Crab
Clown Wrasse
Gorgonian Fan
Green Moray Eel
Trumpetfish
Sea Fan
Fire Coral
Finger Coral
Giant Brain Coral
Mountainous Star Coral
Brown Tube Sponge
Branching Vase Sponge
Basket Sponge
Black Sea Cucumber
Soft Coral
Yellow Tube Sponge
Elkhorn Coral
Fairy Basslet
Spotted Moray Eel
Spotfin Butterflyfish
Brown Chromis
Spotted Scorpionfish
Tomtate
Sand Tilefish
Orange-Spotted Filefish
Squirrelfish
Palometa
Yellowstriped Goatfish
Cleaning Goby
Sheet Coral
Queen Angelfish
French Angelfish
Blue Angelfish
Rock Beauty
Reef Butterflyfish
Gray Angelfish
Tarpon
Banded Butterflyfish
Yellowfin Damselfish
Bi-color Damselfish
Blue Parrotfish
Rainbow Parrotfish
Coney
Bar Jack
Red Hind
Black Grouper
Nassau Grouper
Tiger Grouper
Graysby
Cero
Barracuda
Spotted Drum
Spanish Hogfish
Hogfish
Yellowtail Snapper
White Grunt
Grey Snapper
French Grunt
Bluestriped Grunt
Schoolmaster
Seahorse
Creole Wrasse
Bluehead Wrasse
Yellowtail  Parrotfish
Stoplight Parrotfish
Ocean Triggerfish
Princess Parrotfish
Queen Parrotfish
Silversides
Mahogany Snapper
Honeycomb Cowfish
Striped Burrfish
Horse-eye Jack
Yellow Stingray
Spotted Trunkfish
Glassy Sweepers
White-Spotted Filefish
Octopus
Orange Tube Sponge
Anemone
Orange Sponge
Nurse Shark
Cushion Sea Star
Spanish Lobster
Peacock Flounder

While I’m into making lists, here are the fabulous and famous Bonaire Dive Sites as they appear on my mini-map of Bonaire.  These sites constitute world-class diving, in warm, crystal waters of Bonaire’s unprecedented underwater national park reef system.  You really need to go there to find out first hand just how extraordinary Bonaire is.  Here is the list:
Bonaire Dive Sites:
Boca Bartol (shore dive only)
Playa Benge (boat dive)
Playa Funchi
Bise Morto (boat dive)
Boca Slagbaai
Nukove
Karpata
La Dania's leap (boat dive)
Rappel (boat dive)
Bloodlet (boat dive)
Ol' Blue (Tolo)
Country Garden (boat dive)
Bon Bini Na Cas (boat dive)
1000 Steps (Trapi)
Weber's Joy/Witches Hut
Jeff Davis Memorial
Oil Slick Leap (Kampo)
Barcadera (boat dive)
Andrea II (Pali Coco)
Andrea I
Petrie's Pillar(site closed)
Small Wall (boat dive)
Cliff
La Machaca (Habitat)
Reef Scientifico (Habitat)
Buddy's Reef (Buddy Dive)
Bari (Sand Dollar)
Front Porch (Sunset Beach)
Something Special (Pali Grande)
Town Pier (Waf Di Playa)
Calabas Reef (Dive Bonaire)
Eighteenth Palm
Playa Pali Mangel
North Blenim
Bachelors Beach (Fondu Di Kalki)
Chez Hines (boat dive)
Lighthouse Point
Punt Vierkant
The Lake
Hilma Hooker
Angel City
Alice in Wonderland
Aquarius (shore dive only)
Larry's Lair
Jeannie's Glory
Salt Pier (Waf Di Salina)
Salt City
Invisibles
Tori's Reef
Pink Beach
White Slave (shore dive only)
Margate Bay
Red Beryl (shore dive only)
Atlantis (shore dive only)
Vista Blue (shore dive only)
Sweet Dreams (shore dive only)
Red Slave (Kas Di Katibu)
Willemstoren Lighthouse (shore dive only)
Blue Hole (shore dive only)
Cai (shore dive only)

Klein Bonaire Dive Sites
No Name
Ebo's Reef
Jerry's Reef
Just A Nice Dive
Nearest Point
Keepsake (site closed)
Bonaventure
Monte's Divi
Rock Pile
Joanne's Sunchi
Capt. Don's Reef
South Bay
Hands Off
Forest
south West Corner
Munk's Haven
Twixt (site closed)
Sharon's Serenity
(Site Closed)
Mi Dushi
Carl's Hill Annex
Carl's Hill
Ebo's Special
Leonora's Reef
Knife (site closed)
Sampler

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