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August 28, 2010

August 28, 2010 by Michael

A group of divers and students made the trip out to the Iron Reef, Little Sara, and were treated to flat, calm seas, blue, warm water and large schools of fish. Visibility was 100+ feet and water temps were 85 F. Divers reported seeing tons of snapper, large cobia, look-downs, Atlantic spades, cocoa damsels, trigger fish, butterfly fish and more. Congratulations to Sandy, Juan and Melissa for completing open water and to David, Juan and Melissa for completing Ntirox!

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August 22, 2010

August 22, 2010 by Michael

Sea Sports of Houston dived the Texas Clipper today. Divers were treated to ideal surface and water conditions in calm blue seas with 100 ft+ of visibility. The current was moderate, but divers stayed on the guide lines leading to the wreck and were able to negotiate the moving water.

August 21, 2010

August 21, 2010 by Michael

Sea Sports of Houston made the trek out to the Iron Reef, Little Sara. Seas were rough and divers fought strong currents to complete two dives. Divers reported seeing schools of mangrove snapper, large barracuda, sergeant majors, cobia, look-downs and more. Visibility was reported to be approximately 50 ft.

August 19, 2010

August 19, 2010 by Michael

A group of trimix divers dove the Texas Clipper using a 26/17 hyperoxic trimix. Seas were 3 to 5 feet with a strong current on top. The thermocline was at about 110 feet. Water temp was 86 degrees until 80 feet where it dropped down slightly. Visibility was around 100 feet. Large schools of Atlantic Rays were seen all over the ship. Lots of Ivory bush coral is growing very fast.

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August 17, 2010

August 17, 2010 by Michael

The Finz came out again for a dive to the Texas Clipper and were treated to flat calm seas. The current was still running strong, but divers were able to move out of it once down on the wreck.  Visibility was great and was reported to be around 80+ feet.  Numerous species were seen by divers including Spanish hog-fish, squirrel-fish, queen angels, barracuda, sting rays and much more.

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August 16, 2010

August 16, 2010 by Michael

Finz Dive Club from Dallas came down for 2 days of diving. Seas were 2 to 4 feet and currents were fairly strong near the surface at about .5 knots. Visibility averaged 60 to 80 feet on the Iron Reef, Seana’s Rig, and a group of Open Water Students held on to finish up their certification. Congratulations to Eddie, Richie, Jennifer and Lindsey.

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August 15, 2010

August 15, 2010 by Michael

Divers from Mammoth Lake went to the Texas Clipper today. Seas were 2 to 4 feet and the current was reduced from yesterday to about .25 knots. River water is still offshore but the visibility held to around 50 feet under the thermocline.

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August 14, 2010

August 14, 2010 by Michael

San Antonio and Houston divers went to the Texas Clipper today. Seas were 3 to 5 feet and the current was running SE fro the Rio Grande river. First dive held 70 foot visibility but as fresh water continued from the Rio Grande the visibility was reduced on the second dive to around 40 feet.

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August 13, 2010

August 13, 2010 by Michael

Intrepid divers bucked superstitions today by coming out and diving the Texas Clipper.  Seas picked up a little bit and were in the 2 – 4 ft range. Visibility is still very nice at 80 feet, but the thermocline has come up to 70 feet where temperatures drop from 86 F down to 77 F. Thanks to Skip and Dan for coming down and diving 4 straight days with us on the Clipper. Also, Congratulations to Gib Boza, who added NAUI Instructor to his list of accomplishments yesterday.

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August 12, 2010

August 12, 2010 by Michael

The Gulf of Mexico looked more like a lake than an ocean today as seas were nearly flat calm.  Divers were treated to ideal conditions yet again on the Clipper today. It seems the rays that have taken up residence on the hull of the Clipper are getting used to daily visits from divers as they have started hanging around more and more.

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August 11, 2010

August 11, 2010 by Michael

Another great day of diving on the Texas Clipper. Viz was 80 – 100 feet, water temperature is 87F at the surface and 81F at depth. Seas were so calm divers were able to see the outline of the Clipper from the deck of the Diver 1. Stingrays, queen angels, wrasse, damsel fish, schools of Atlantic spades, snapper and look-downs, fish were everywhere.

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August 10, 2010

August 10, 2010 by Michael

A small group from Athens, Texas joined us on the Texas Clipper today.  Conditions were still favorable, although divers did report moderate current and seas that were 2-4 feet. Viz was 80+ feet and water is still very warm down to around 85 feet.  Divers saw many Atlantic Stingrays, trigger-fish, queen angels, butterfly fish, and large schools of mangrove snapper and look-downs.

August 7, 2010

August 7, 2010 by Michael

A group of divers from Austin and Houston joined us for a another spectacular day of diving on the Texas Clipper. Conditions were ideal once again with 80+ feet of viz, calm seas, and tons of fish.  Thanks to local diver Mark Haynes for spotting a nudibranch and providing photos for the Capt’s Log.

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August 4, 2010

August 4, 2010 by Michael

We went back out to the Texas Clipper today and again enjoyed superb conditions. Calm seas, warm water, crystal clear viz (80+ feet) and blue skies made for a great day on the Gulf.  Large schools of fish were everywhere and we are starting to see a proliferation of coral growth. Today also yielded a picture of what appears to be a tube worm.

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August 1, 2010

August 1, 2010 by Michael

Another ideal day of diving on the Texas Clipper today. Seas were 1-2 feet, water temp was in the 80’s and visibility was 80+ feet.  Divers saw cobia, rays, barracuda, queen angels, trigger-fish, and much more.  Two divers finished up Nitrox certification and another two finished up the American Diving wreck survey course.

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