Sea Sports of Houston joined us again for a two tank trip to the Texas Clipper. The moderate current was coming from the southwest and divers were able to escape it by swimming on the structure side of the wreck. Visibility was 40 to 50 ft down to 60 feet and fell to around 20 ft at the 80 foot mark. The trigger fish were looking for a free meal from divers and many reported being accosted by more than one at a time. The Houston area divers reported seeing schools of mutton snapper, juvenile amberjack, triggerfish, squirrel fish, spadefish, look downs, arrow crab, bristle worms, blennies and an octopus. Everyone appeared to have a good time and many photos were taken as possible entries in the SPI Dive Week photo contest.
Sea Sports of Houston joined us for a two tank dive on Seana’s Rig. Seas were 2 – 4 ft and visibility was 40 – 50 ft horizontally and is being affected mostly by waters flooding out of the Rio Grande. Divers witnessed schools of Sgt. Majors, grey snapper, look downs, stone grouper, sheepsheads, Atlantic spade fish, greater amberjack and jack crevalle. Currents are still moderate, but were not issue for divers.
We moored up to the Clipper this morning and though the heavy currents had subsided, the flood waters from the Mississippi had stirred up the water causing poor visibility. The determined divers from Houston Scuba Academy made one dive on the Clipper and then we headed to nearby iron reef, Dolphin Rig, for dive 2. The visibility was still clouded so for Dive 3 we headed to the iron reef, Seana’s Rig. Finally, the divers were treated to fair visibility and a pod of playful spinner dolphin that swam curiously around snorkelers in the water. Divers in the under the water saw several good sized greater amberjack, schools of snapper and numerous blennies, damsel fish and a variety of macro life.
The Diver I left for the Texas Clipper this morning and hit very heavy currents and flood waters out of the Mississippi. The dive was called off , however we did release one Hawksbill turtle and one Kemps Ridley turtle onto the Texas Clipper.
The scientists from UTB were onboard today as we headed out in moderate seas. The NOAA sea state report was calling for 1 to 3 foot seas, but they felt more like 3 to 5 on the way to the Clipper. Once we were tied off to the Clipper, the scientists were treated to deep blue waters and reported being able to see the wreck in the water from 30 feet. Water visibility was in the 20 to 40 feet range down to 90 feet. Divers reported seeing large schools of juvenile amberjack, a school of snapper hiding from the currents behind the kingpost, butterfly fish, rock grouper, triggerfish, and an assortment of bristle worms, damsel fish and blennies. One diver reported seeing “a large grouper” ducking into the Clipper’s ballroom, most likely a goliath or black grouper.
Divers from Houston with Just for Divers dived the Clipper today. Seas were moderate at 3 to 5 feet. The water was a deep blue and visibility was in the 20 to 40 foot range horizontally with water temperatures from 78 at the surface to 75 at depth. Divers reported seeing schools of juvenile amberjack, snapper and Atlantic spadefish as well as a giant grouper seen swimming inside the wreck for cover. The clipper has also become home to numerous bristle worms, fire coral, damsel fish, and blennies.
The Diver I departed for the Texas Clipper at 0900 and met 3 to 5 foot seas. Water temperature was 78 degrees from the surface to the bottom. The was a lot of plankton present. Visibility at 60 to 80 feet was 20 feet horizontal. This is turning out to be a very dry year so far and we expect visibility to improve dramatically this year without the flood waters of the Mississippi bringing nitrates and phosphates into the Gulf of Mexico.