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July 23, 2016

July 24, 2016 by Michael

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.

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July 17, 2016

July 18, 2016 by Michael

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July 16, 2016

July 17, 2016 by Michael

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!

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June 11, 2016

June 11, 2016 by Michael

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.

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September 19, 2015

September 27, 2015 by Michael

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Dive Week 2015

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.

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August 30, 2015

August 31, 2015 by Michael

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.

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August 9, 2015

August 10, 2015 by Michael

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.

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August 8, 2015

August 10, 2015 by Michael

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.

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August 1, 2015

August 1, 2015 by Michael

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

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July 25, 2015

July 25, 2015 by Michael

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.

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July 19, 2015

July 19, 2015 by Michael

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.

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July 18, 2015

July 18, 2015 by Michael

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.

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July 11, 2015

July 11, 2015 by Michael

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.

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June 27, 2015

June 28, 2015 by Michael

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).

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September 21, 2014

September 21, 2014 by Michael

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.

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September 18, 2014

September 18, 2014 by Michael

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.

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August 24, 2014

August 24, 2014 by Michael

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.

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August 23, 2014

August 23, 2014 by Michael

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.

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August 10, 2014

August 10, 2014 by Michael

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.

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August 9, 2014

August 9, 2014 by Michael

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.

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July 12, 2014

July 13, 2014 by Michael

Divers from Duggan Diving and others from Texas and New Mexico made 2 dives on the Texas Clipper today, the weather was great and the seas were calm.  Water temperature on the surface was a comfortable 83 degrees; the thermocline encountered at 40′ dropped the temperature at depth to 74, the visibility was 60′.  Divers reported seeing a school of 5 Hammerhead Sharks and a large Reef shark among the huge schools of Spade Fish, Snapper and Lookdowns that inhabit the Clipper.

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July 6, 2013

July 7, 2014 by Michael

Sea Sports Scuba joined us again today with other divers from around Texas to dive the Texas Clipper, seas were calm and it was a beautiful day on the water.  Visibility was 60+ feet on the Clipper, the water was 82 degrees on the surface but the thermocline was encountered at 30 feet today and the temperature at depth was 74 degrees, still very nice.  The Lion Fish have continued to multiply over the winter, with help from the divers on board we managed to dispatch 15 of them in very short order.  A great day was had by all.

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July 2, 2014

July 7, 2014 by Michael

The American Diving Crew headed out to the Texas Clipper this morning, seas were calm and the water was 81 degrees all the way down to 90 feet.  The visibility was 80+ feet, we are looking forward to a great 4th of July weekend.

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September 8, 2013

September 10, 2013 by Michael

Divers from Scubaland Adventures made 3 dives on the Texas Clipper today, visibility was 80 feet and the temperature at depth was a comfortable 81 degrees.  Divers spotted 5 Lion Fish today and we were able to eliminate 4 of them, one of the deceased Lion Fish was taken right off the spear by an Octopus.  Still trying to get some of the other residents of the Clipper interested in eating the Lion Fish; the Barracuda are showing more interest but still no takers.

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September 1, 2013

September 3, 2013 by Michael

Several divers from yesterday and others from around Texas joined us for a 2 tank dive on the Texas Clipper today, we are happy to report the thermocline has dropped, the divers enjoyed a warm 86-degrees from the surface to 115 feet and visibility was 70+ feet.  Divers reported schools of large Snapper along with the common residents of the Clipper, also sighed was one of the Sting Ray that have made the Clipper home for the past few years. Another Lion Fish was located by the divers that was quickly dispatched by the crew.  Again we tried to get a few of the residents to take an interest in the Lion fish, only the Barracuda seemed to be slightly interested but not enough to give it a try.  We will keep working at it.

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August 24, 2013

August 24, 2013 by Michael

Divers from Dive World San Antonio ventured out to the Texas Clipper today, the seas were calm and the weather was great.  The visibility has improved to 50+ feet and we didn’t encounter the thermocline until 65 feet.  The surface temperature was 85 degrees and at depth it was 76 degrees.  The Lion Fish sightings continue and we slayed another today.  We tried to get some of the resident marine life to take interest in the latest victim but didn’t get any takers.

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August 17, 2013

August 18, 2013 by Michael

Calm seas and beautiful weather at the Clipper today, the surface temperature was 85 degrees but at 50 feet it dropped to 75 degrees. The visibility was only about 30 feet but the divers had a great time, during the 2nd dive 2 Lion Fish were spotted hanging out in one of the davit arms;  pictured below are the before and after photos, the small one was able to evade the spear and will unfortunately live another day.

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August 10, 2013

August 11, 2013 by Michael

Divers from around Texas dove the Texas Clipper today, including 3 Scuba Diver students completing their off shore open water dives.  Congratulations to Bobby, Apo and Emede.

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July 20, 2013

July 20, 2013 by Michael

Divers from Dive World Austin and others from around Texas made 3 dives on the Clipper today, seas were calm and the weather was beautiful.  Below the surface visibility was 60 feet and the water temperature at depth was 75 degrees.

 

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July 6, 2013

July 6, 2013 by Tim O'Leary

Divers from Duggan Diving in San Antonio went to the Texas Clipper under calm seas and blue water. Visibility and sea state remained the same as yesterday.

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Congratulations to Ernesto Arreola on his first open ocean dives.

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