July 19, 2008
Dive World of San Antonio ventured out with us to dive the Texas Clipper. The seas were flat with a blue sky. Water was clear blue down to about 60 feet where visibility suffered a bit due to local shrimp boats dragging all night (they will be leaving soon 😉 … First two dives were on the Texas Clipper where on the 1st dive, a Purplemouth Moray was found near the boat davit gear…. First Eel noted on the Clipper. Seems most every dive we find a new inhabitant. Very Cool! Third dive was on near by Seana’s Rig where we hoped to once again visit the Whale Shark, but we did not see it this trip.
July 12, 2008
WOW !! Texas Clipper!! Whale Shark!! Calm seas and blue clear water on the Texas Clipper today. Some upwelling but visibility was still at 100 feet. Once in the water, you could clearly see the wreck. Today was a group from Tom’s Dive and Swim in Austin and several divers from various locations as far as Colorado and Massachusetts, all getting some great exploration on the wreck and enjoying the vast marine life. While lunch was served, the Diver 1 moved over to Seana’s Rig. Tim went in to tie in and surfaced saying something about Whale Shark! We got the divers in quick so all could enjoy the 25 foot Whale Shark circling the oil rig. Same one spotted there two weeks ago. Also present were several Ling. Good day of diving the Devil’s Elbow area off South Padre Island.
July 11, 2008
A dive to the rig Little Sara. Visibility was 80 feet horizontal down to around 60 feet. Below 60 feet the upwelling knocked visibility down to 10 feet and water was considerably colder than the surface temp of 84 degrees. Divers were treated to two spectacular dives featuring schools of lookdowns, Atlantic spadefish, grouper, snapper and the usual patrolling barracuda. The resident octopus made an appearance for some of the divers. Also two butterfly fish were seen chasing each other around the risers at 30 feet. Tomorrow’s dive is to the Clipper!