Off the west coast of Ritidian, Guam’s northernmost point, Napoleon Cut offers some of the least disturbed life on the island.
An abundance of reef fish, clams, octopi, sharks and turtles can be found in this area, as well as large Napoleon Wrasses and other big fish. Several sand channels cut through the reef flats, the largest of which, the Cut is a great place to find not only napoleans but sharks as well. Currents can be very strong and a good briefing is essential to an enjoyable dive.
The cut extends through the reef to a depth of about 115 feet, where several sea fans can be found. From there, divers can head back up the reef toward shore, where there is a sand pit with interesting overhangs and crevices at about 25 feet. While the cut reveals large animals, the reef flats are dotted with clams, corals and invertebrates.
Napolean Wrasse The giant yet gentle Napoleon wrasse is a favorite fish to encounter for divers in many regions of the world. This is because, in areas where they are still not wary of divers, they seem to actively seek out tactile interaction, and have even been known to form bonds with individual divers whom the wrasse recognize and seek out.
In some area, including Guam, they have been overfished and they are rare to find. Prior to the late 1980's there were huge schools of 40-50 wrasses commonly seen along the north and south reefs.
The Napoleon wrasse can instantly be recognized by its size, color and shape. It is one of the largest reef fishes in the world and is the largest member of the wrasse family. They can grow up to 7 ft and weigh 400 lbs. They have fleshy lips and a hump over the head that is similar to a Napoleon hat. The hump becomes more prominent with age.