Dive! Dive! Dive!

West Palm Beach Drift Diving

Today I found out why divers from all over the country love to dive off of West Palm Beach, FL. The water was a nice 81 degrees (27C), with visibility over 100ft (30m), at depths of 90ft (27m) . On the boat today was one guy that drove down from St. Augustine, FL as well as another who flew in from Long Island, New York. Our boat was the Republic IV, operated by Capt Mike, out of Jupiter Dive Center. This is Goliath Grouper season and WPB is one of the few places in the world where you can see these groupers by the hundreds (our biggest group today was reported to be 52).

The average adult Goliath Grouper is about 7ft long and weighs over 400lbs. They are an endangered species.

Goliath Grouper

For scale, that is a grown man just below and away from the Goliath. These things are huge!

The Zion Train Shipwreck

The Miss Jenny Shipwreck

Inside the cargo hold of the Miss Jenny

Sea Turtle

Moray Eel

Lionfish.

The Lionfish is an invasive species along the Atlantic Coast and every diver is encouraged to spear them on sight. Care must be taken though because they have spines on their back that will sting if touched.

Butch, from Long Island, spears a Lionfish.

Moon Jellyfish

There has been a thick population of Moon Jellies for the last couple of months. They’re not a problem at depth, but I had to bob & weave during my safety stops to keep them away. A couple of them got too close though and had to be finned away. For the non-divers, a safety stop is a pause during ascent at 13ft (4m) for three minutes to eliminate any harmful gases that may have built up in your body during the dive.

The following pictures were taken on 9/14/11, while diving the Double Ledges. Our boat was Sirena, operated by Capt. Kevin from Pura Vida Divers, out of Singer Island Florida.

Moray Eel

Spotted Eel

Lobsters

Sirena

I’m planning on getting a lobster permit so hopefully I’ll have a bag full of lobster after my next boat dive.

Dive! Dive! Dive!

-Mike

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~ by Mike on October 1, 2011.

One Response to “Dive! Dive! Dive!”

  1. Fabulous photos!!!

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