Another great day on the Texas Clipper. Seas less than 2 feet (glassy) mild currents and a blue sky….. but the water was a deeper blue, we call it Cobalt Blue. Once marked on the wreck via GPS, we could see it well enough for the easiest tie in yet by Tim. Tim conducted the initial dive briefing from the deck of Diver 1 while pointing to the Clipper some 70-80 feet below. We spent the day watching divers from the surface and could even read the “Nitrox” stickers on tanks. Several octopi are now residents in various holes…as the life continues to grow abundant. On the un-tie and final ascent, the diver watched a large school of 2-4 foot Ling cruise over the wreck.
Visibility was 100 feet. The Clipper was visible from the deck of the Diver I. The current was strong to start the dive but subsided as the day went on. Divers from across Texas witnessed large snapper, octopus, schools of spotfin butterfly fish, damsels, arrow crabs, queen triggers, blennies, Atlantic spades, and grunts. Seas were nearly flat as divers enjoyed one of the best days of the season so far.
Under nearly ideal conditions, Troop 52 splashed down on the Texas Clipper today. Visibility was 80 – 100 feet and the Clipper could be seen from just 5 feet below the surface. As the M.V. Diver 1 approached the dive site, those onboard were witness to a pod of dolphin that stopped by to check out who was dropping in on their feeding station. The dolphin hung around and made a few passes by the divers in the water and then moved on. Divers were treated to juvenile jacks, large barracuda, arrow crabs, butterfly fish, snapper, damsels, banded shrimp and an octopus.
Troop 52 made the trek out to Seana’s Rig and dived under the best conditions of the season. 80+ feet of viz in cobalt blue water, seas were a meager 1 – 3 feet. The viz was good enough to see from one end of the rig to the other and beyond. Numerous barracuda, amberjack and snapper were seen along with an abundance of macro life that included blennies, damsel fish, sargeant majors, and the rare sight of a juvenile queen angel fish.
Boy Scout Troop 52 from Lakeway, Texas encountered moderate 2-4 foot seas and cobalt blue water with visibility of 60+ feet on the iron reef, Little Sara. They saw schools of juvenile Sergeant majors, schooling amberjack and grey snapper. Also two resident octopus made an appearance for the Troop. Currents were strong coming out of the south, but not strong enough to deter the scouts.
Divers were greeted with 1 – 3 foot seas and blue water on a trip out to Little Sara. The current was strong near the surface, however, divers were led down to 50 feet where the current subsided and visibility was 60+ feet. Divers were enveloped in schools of lookdowns, red snapper and Atlantic spades. An octopus was seen hiding out in a crevice of the rig jacket and an eagle ray could be seen swimming below the divers at approximately 80 feet.
Tons of Steel Dive.
Under 3 to 5 foot seas divers visited the Texas Clipper and the Dolphin rig. Octopus lair and Octopus were found inside the promenade. Visibility on the first dive was around 30 feet above the thermocline. Second dive was still awash with fresh water from the Mississippi. On the third dive some two miles away out to the Dolphin rig we found blue water and dolphins played with the divers underwater.
Seas were moderate with 3-5 foot seas and currents were coming out of the west. Numerous trigger fish were seen along the aft rails along with schools of juvenile amberjack, damsel fish, atlantic spadefish and butterfly fish. Visibility varied greatly between dives and averaged around 20 feet. Divers completing a Technical Wreck Penetration course observed an octopus in the bar area of the Clipper.
Under heavy seas with a long wave period ( 9 seconds), divers from Austin and Dallas penetrated the Texas Clipper through the promenade this morning and laid new line. Visibility on the Texas Clipper was around 40 feet today and Currents were running out of the west. Very large red snapper are coming to the wreck as well as sightings of file fish. The reef stars aft of the promenade are now beginning to hold very small butterfly fish and damsels.