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Divers from Texas and Oklahoma made 2 dives on the Clipper today, seas were calm and the weather couldn’t have been better. Visibility was 40′ and the thermocline we have had all summer seems to be letting up a bit as the temperature at depth has increased to 75 degrees.
Duggan Diving headed to the Clipper today with a mixed group of recreational and Technical divers. We enjoyed calm seas and the thermocline that seems to stay with with us until late summer didn’t disappoint – at depth it was 72 degrees. Don’t forget to pack your full wet-suit!
Dive season finally started – the off season seems so long. Duggan Diving out of San Antonio and other divers from around Texas enjoyed two dives on the Clipper today. Much better conditions than what we expected; two days prior we were out doing some work and the conditions were much more challenging. Today the seas were 2′ – 3′ and the temperature at depth a cool 72 degrees with very little current and 50′ visibility great early season conditions.
We would like to thank all the manufactures, Reps and Dive Centers for making Dive Week a Success.
A special thanks to Paul Schmieder for providing the photos again this year.
On day two of the Sea Sports Scuba trip conditions improved drastically, with visibility at 60+ feet the divers were able to really see how impressive the Clipper is. It was a very pleasant day off shore with calm seas and temperature at depth remains at 76 degrees. Over the weekend we were able to remove two more lion fish, and no additional reported sightings but as we all know they are still down there.
Sea Sports Scuba from Houston and others from around Texas made the trip out to the Clipper today. Seas were calm and the weather was great. Thanks to a bit of current out of the north and shrimp boats dragging the bottom up current the visibility on the Clipper was only about 20 feet but the divers had a wonderful time; the temperature at depth was 76 degrees. On dive 2 Greg proposed to his Girlfriend Barbara – Congratulations guys we wish you much happiness!
Duggan Diving out of San Antonio had another group on the Clipper today, several of their people had been on the July 25th trip and enjoyed it so much they had to come back. They were joined by Scubatactics a group out of Laredo. The seas were a bit rough with some surface current which made it a bit more challenging but once below the surface we had 60 foot visibility and a nice 76 degrees at depth.
Divers from SA Scuba Shack enjoyed a calm day on the Clipper, there was still a slight surface current but much less than yesterday. Below the surface divers were treated to excellent late summer conditions – 70+ foot visibility and 76 degrees at depth. Another Lion fish was sent to its watery grave.
Divers from the Dallas area made the trip to dive the Clipper today, the seas were calm but we had a very strong current from the surface to 50 feet but all the divers handled it well. Once on the Clipper the conditions were excellent, very little current with visibility at least 70 feet and the temperature at depth a comfortable 76 degrees. A group of Technical divers from the Dallas area made a training dive on the Clipper today.
To the delight of all the divers from Sugar Land Dive Center; the seas improved today making for a smoother ride out to the Clipper for their second day of diving. Visibility was a bit better all the way down to 95′ where it was still a bit thick but it sure looks like it is headed in the right direction.
Sugar Land Dive Center made 2 dives on The Texas Clipper today, the seas were a little rough but conditions below the surface continue to improve. Visibility today was 50′ above the 85′ mark and the temperature is inching its way above the low 70’s we have been experiencing to 74 degrees.
The seas don’t get much calmer than today, the divers enjoyed swimming pool like conditions during our trip to the Texas Clipper. The temperature at depth was 72 degrees and the visibility above 85 feet was 40+ feet and a nice blue; the shrimp boats are continuing to stir up the bottom in the area making things below 90 feet a bit thick. Arnold scored his first Lion Fish kill today and Ryan shot this large African Pompano – and it sure was tasty – Thanks Ryan
What a Great Day – Divers from Duggan Diving and others form across Texas made 2 dives on The Texas Cilpper today, the seas were calm and Visibility was 80+ feet. The temperature at depth has increased to a comfortable 75 degrees. The resident family of Sting Rays sailed around the divers as if they were posing for photos but the Lion Fish must be figuring out they need to hide when the divers arrive as they were difficult to spot and would squeeze into spaces that made them difficult to Kill but I was able to dispatch another one – only too many to count left, I am sure.
The divers from Aggieland and Sea Sports hit the Clipper again today with much calmer seas and increased visibility to everyone’s delight. The visibility was 40′ and the temperature at depth remained at 74 degrees, the resident Sting Rays were sighted along with large schools of Spade Fish. The coral growth on the Clipper is really coming along as you can see from some of the photos The first 3 photos below were submitted by Dr. Mary Wicksten.
Divers from Sea Sports Scuba and Aggieland Scuba spent the weekend exploring The Texas Clipper, the seas were rough today making it a bit more challenging on the surface; but once underwater there was only a slight current and the temperature at depth was 74 degrees. Due to the start of the shrimp season visibility was reduced to about 20′ but everyone enjoyed the dive. The Lion Fish are getting larger but seem to be hiding themselves better, the latest victim was found towards the stern at about 100′. We had Dr. Mary Wicksten, a Professor from the Texas A&M Biology Department on board this weekend and we are happy to report that after further inspection of our Lion Fish his donor card indicated his remains be donated to science. He was frozen and packaged for transport and Mary has delivered him to the TAMU Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections Center.
Divers from Sugar Land Dive Center and others from around Texas made 2 dives on The Clipper today, what a beautiful day off shore. The seas were calm and the weather was great; below the surface conditions were very good visibility was 50 feet and the water at depth was 76 degrees. Divers reported a few Lion Fish sightings but unfortunately no kills today.
We finally made it off shore, the sea state over the last several weekends have prevented us from getting out. The sea state forecast of 2 to 3 feet was not quite correct so it was a bit rough; but the divers from Duggan Diving and others form around Texas hung tough and made two dives on the Texas Clipper today. The water was a comfortable 78 degrees at depth and the visibility was 40 feet; the divers reported spotting some Black-Tip Sharks during dive 1 and we are happy to report the resident family of Sting Rays were cruising about and no Lion Fish sightings (unfortunately we are sure they are still there).
Dive Week 2014 wrapped up strong with divers from Sea Sports of Houston, and others from all over Texas and as far away as London. The water temperature at depth remained at 84 degrees but due to the recent storms and a flotilla of shrimp boats dragging the gulf in and around the area the visibility hovered in the 20 – 30 foot range. The divers spent time hunting Lion Fish on the Clipper and during the last 3 days of Dive Week were able to dispatch about a dozen, unfortunately there are still plenty down there. We would like to thank everybody who participated in this important event and a special thanks to those of you who donated so generously to the cause. Thanks to Stephen Whitley and Paul Schmieder for the photos below.
Dive Week has gotten of to a late start due to weather and off shore conditions but we made it out to the Clipper today with several divers that have been here all week to participate in Dive Week; the seas were a bit rough and visibility was diminished due to the recent weather but this group was not to be denied. Water temperature was 83 degrees at 110 feet, and a few Lion Fish were sighted in and around the 100 foot range, we will have to go back tomorrow and relieve the Clipper of a few more.
A great day off shore, the seas were calm and the sun was shining as Sea Sports made 2 more dives on the Clipper today. Conditions beneath the surface remained the same as yesterday and divers had a chance to explore more of the Texas Clipper. With over 470′ of ship you can dive the Clipper everyday and see something different.
Divers from Sea Sports Scuba out of Houston made 2 dives on the Clipper today, the conditions have remained very good with visibility at 60+ feet and the thermocline that has been with us all season still remains keeping the water at depth in the low 70’s. A huge school of Lookdowns has been making the Clipper home for several weeks now. The Lookdown does not play a significant role in commercial fisheries. However, it is sought after for large public aquarium displays due to its interesting shape and flashy appearance.
Divers with the The Dive Shop from San Marcos and others from around Texas made 2 dives on the Clipper today, the seas were a bit rough today making it a more challenging but under the surface conditions were very good, we had a slight current and the thermocline is still keeping temperatures at depth in the low 70’s. Visibility was 70 feet and the Clipper is packed with marine life, the yellow cup coral was feeding as you can see in one of the photos below.
Gigglin’ Marlin stayed for another day of diving on the Texas Clipper, it was another great day off shore. The water temperature is still 73 degrees at depth and the visibility was 60 feet again today. The family of Sting Ray that has made the Clipper home must have been having a reunion, there was at least 10 of them sailing around today along with a large school of Amberjack.
Divers from Dive World San Antonio and Gigglin’ Marlin out of Houston dove the Texas Clipper today; visibility was 60 feet and the water temperature at depth was 73 degrees, the thermocline has been at the 30 to 40 foot range for weeks now. The Clipper was packed with marine life and the divers had a wonderful time.
Amberjack season is open and today we had a couple spear fisherman on board and they took advantage of the calm seas to get the season started right, the Scuba Diver students completed their certifications along with the Tech Instructor candidate. The thermocline has dropped down to 60′ maintaining the temperature at depth in that low 70’s area.
American Diving headed out to the Clipper today with students, we had Scuba Diver students making their certification dives above the Clipper while a Tech Instructor candidate was working on skills below. It is always amazing to me the varied marine life we encounter – While working with students at 30′ we witnessed an incredible fly by – a large Manta Ray with several Ling in tow. What a first dive memory these students will have. Of course I didn’t have a camera since I was working with students; hopefully we will see more Mantas in the future.
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