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Franko Maps, Bonaire Reef Creatures Fish ID-Card
Product OverviewFranko's Bonaire Mini-Map and Reef Creatures Identification Guide
This is one of Franko's 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.
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' (60 meters) deep. The colors of Franko's map proclaim Bonaire is beautiful and fabulous!" 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 Franko himself, 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 the viewer will find nearly 100 colorful reef creatures constituting the Reef Creatures Identification Guide portion of the fish card. The map is colorful because Franko 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!" 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 parrot fishes, trigger fishes, angelfishes, wrasse, filefishes, groupers, grunts, rays, surgeon fishes, 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 Franko greatly in his 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. Franko 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. The fish card measure (H x L) 5.5" x 8.5" (14cm x 21.6cm), is printed on laminated plastic so that it is stiff, shiny and waterproof. It has a hole for a lanyard, so you can actually take it diving or snorkeling. Card makes a great gift idea.
- Depicts Approximately 100 Species
- Map: Mini Version of Franko's Map of Bonaire and Klein Bonaire
- Side One Map Shows:
Listing of 86 Alpha-Numeric Dive Sites within Underwater National Park
Shaded Relief of Hills
Major Roads and Towns
Ray and Shark
- Side Two Shows: Approximately 100 Colorful Reef Creatures
Parrot Fishes, Trigger Fishes, Angelfishes
Wrasse, Filefishes, Groupers, Grunts, Rays
Surgeon Fishes, Sharks, Lobsters, Corals, Sea Fans
Sponges, Mollusks, and Much-More
- Dimensions (H x L) 5.5 x 8.5 (14cm x 21.6cm)
- Material: Laminated Plastic
- Hole-Punched for Attachment of Lanyard
- Stiff, Shiny and Waterproof
- Ease of Maintenance: Rinse with Fresh Water after Day in the Sea
- Great Gift Idea
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What's in the Box
|Dimensions||(H X L) 5.5 X 8.5 (14Cm X 21.6Cm)|
|Attachment Point||Hole-Punched For Lanyard|
|Purpose||Location And Fish Identification|
|Printed Information||Side 1: Mini-Map Of Bonaire And Klein Bonaire, Dive Sites Island Facts, Side 2: Marine Life (100 Or So Species)|
|Special Feature||World Globe Location|