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July 31, 2009

July 31, 2009 by Michael

Dive day two for the divers from Northwest OK Scuba took us out to the Iron Reef, Little Sara.  The gas rig 9 miles off the of the South Padre Island coast did not disappoint as divers were treated to a myriad of marine life.  They reported seeing: octopus, wrasse, damsel fish, spade fish, large barracuda, arrow crabs, brittle starfish, and of course our native schools of lookdowns.

 

July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009 by Michael

Divers from Northwest Oklahoma Scuba in Enid, OK made the trek to South Padre for two days of diving to the Texas Clipper and area gas rigs.  Visibility was around 40 feet and seas were moderate at 2 – 4 feet.

 

July 25, 2009

July 25, 2009 by Michael

Dive World of San Antonio came to South Padre Island for a trip to the Texas Clipper.  Seas were moderate and a current was observed coming out of the North carrying nitrate rich waters from the Mississippi River.  The group was undeterred and were treated to some great dives on the Clipper.  Although viz was not the 100 ft that we have been spoiled with of late, it was good enough to leave the divers, of Texas’ largest artificial reef, wanting to come back for more.

July 20, 2009

July 20, 2009 by Michael

Snorkel trip and certification dive to the Iron Reef, Little Sara.  Currents were moderate for a group of advanced snorklers from the Harlingen area.  Beneath the surface, divers from Brownsville Fire Department were finishing their Open Water course and saw large bait ball of silver fish that have taken over Little Sara, as well as the usual suspects of Lookdowns, snapper, barracuda and octopus.

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July 19, 2009

July 19, 2009 by Michael

WHALESHARK!! The final day of diving for the SUDS group proved to be the best of the weekend as the group was treated to not one, but two whale sharks on the Iron Reef, Seana’s Rig.  Diver’s got up close and personal with the giant ocean marauders as they swam laps around the rig structure feeding.  A group of divers from Brownsville Fire Department performing their checkout dives were also in the water for the once in a lifetime experience.  As the Diver 1 was pulling away from the rig after dive 2 the boat was surrounded by a pod of dolphin that is estimated to have included 200 – 300 members.  Truly an amazing experience for all those onboard.

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July 18, 2009

July 18, 2009 by Michael

SUDS divers came out again for a two tank trip to the Texas Clipper.  Waters were clear blue.  The beginning of the dive was a little murky due to the shrimpers dragging the bottom of the Gulf.  However, as the day wore on, the sediment settled down and viz opened back up to be in the 80 foot range.

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July 17, 2009

July 17, 2009 by Michael

Divers from SUDS out of San Antonio, Texas did two dives of the Iron Reef, Little Sara.  Waters were blue and calm for the divers who were treated to sightings of octopi, larges schools of lookdowns, stone fish, moray eel, wrasse, damsel fish, large barracuda and more.

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July 15, 2009

July 15, 2009 by Michael

Texas Clipper two tank trip with TPWD

July 12, 2009

July 12, 2009 by Michael

Dive to the Iron Reef, Little Sara.  Locals and out of towners enjoyed clear blue water, calm seas and a plethora of marine life.

July 11, 2009

July 11, 2009 by Michael

Tons of Steel trip.  We ended up doing 3 dives on the Texas Clipper today.  Water was blue with viz in the 60 – 80 foot range.

July 9, 2009

July 9, 2009 by Michael

Boys Scouts from Katy, Texas were certified today as we journeyed back out to Little Sara for their certification dives.  Waters were still on the cooler side at around 74 degrees.  Visibility was still in the 50 – 60 foot range.  Congratulations to all of the hard work put in by both groups of scouts this week.  They should all be very proud of their accomplishment!

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July 8, 2009

July 8, 2009 by Michael

Boys Scouts from Pearland came out and were certified on the Iron Reef Little Sara.  The scouts were welcomed to the underwater world by a pod of spinner dolphin that came and played at the surface near the back of the Diver 1.  Water temps were brisk, 75 degrees at depth, and viz was in the 60 foot range.

July 4 & 5, 2009

July 5, 2009 by Michael

Divers from Houston’s Sea Sports Scuba joined us for two days of diving on the Iron Reef Little Sara and the Texas Clipper.  Water was blue with viz in the 80 foot range and seas were moderate.  Sunday’s dive to the Clipper gave many their first ever encounter with a Sunfish or mola mola.

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July 3, 2009

July 3, 2009 by Michael

Centex Dive Club made the drive from Austin to come dive the Clipper with us, and they were not disappointed.  Visibility was 80 – 100 feet down to around the 70 to 80 foot level.  Divers saw large barracuda, schooling lookdowns, giant arrowcrab, and several large remoras.  Currents were moderate and seas were nice and calm.

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July 2, 2009

July 2, 2009 by Michael

Troop 332 found blue water and dolphin on their first dive to the Texas Clipper today.  Visibility was 100 feet with calm seas and mild currents.  A family of wrasse were spotted in the gorgonian coral just below the observation wing on the Clipper.  Divers also spotted the usual suspects: trigger fish, atlantic spade fish, damsels, snapper, grouper and lookdowns.  Congratulations to the newly certified divers of BSA Troop 332 from Spring, Texas!

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July 1, 2009

July 1, 2009 by Michael

BSA Troop 332 from Spring, Texas came down to get certified and made their first dives on Little Sara. The Troop braved moderate currents and visibility during their first ever ocean dive but were treated to large schools of lookdowns, sargeant majors, coco damsels and even spotted an octopus. Viz was 40 feet and the current was 1/2 knot.

 

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