A small group of divers cam out with us to the Clipper today and seas were nearly flat. With hardly a ripple on the surface it was possible to look down from the Diver 1 and see the Clipper from the surface. Divers enjoyed the good viz down to around 95 feet before the upwelling obscured the water. Bottom temp was reported to be 75 degrees with temps around 85 on the surface. Now is a great time to come dive with American Diving. The summer crowds have left and the Gulf of Mexico is as close to flat as she can get!
Sea Sports came back out for another day of diving, this time to the Texas Clipper. The divers experienced excellent conditions as sea were calm and temperate once again. Divers reported visibility as being any where from 80 to 100 feet down to about 110 feet. They saw rays, amberjack, skip jacks, grey snapper, french angelfish, trigger fish and more.
Sea Sports of Houston joined us for two dives on the Iron Reef, Little Sara. Seas were calm and temperate for the group with 1 – 3 ft swells and 84 degree temps. Little Sara was crawling with sea life as divers reported seeing schools of snapper, amberjack, Atlantic spades, lookdowns, sgt majors, damsel fish, wrasse among others.
Another gorgeous day on the Texas Clipper! Visibility was 100 feet and waters were a deep blue down to 100 feet. Divers relished in the great conditions and reported seeing octopus, lookdowns, cownose rays, southern stingrays, wrasse, queen angels, queen triggers and much much more.
Advanced snorklers and divers made the trek out to Little Sara today. Fresh water from the Rio Grande brought in plankton that clouded up the top layer of the water column limiting viz to around 30 feet. Once divers dropped down below the halocline viz opened up to around 80 feet and waters were blue down to about 80 feet. Lots of barracuda were seen and divers enjoyed swimming with the large schools of lookdowns, octopus, damsels, arrow crab and more.
A small group of divers came out to the Texas Clipper today and had some of the best water of the season. Visibility was 100+ feet down to the bottom of the wreck. Seas were moderate at 1 – 3 feet and there was very little current. Bottom temp was around 78 degrees.
A group of divers came along out to Little Sara. There was a moderate current and lots of plankton that limited visibility to around 60 feet. Divers and snorklers were treated to close up views of schooling barracuda, sgt. majors, grey snapper, stone grouper, lookdowns, a hiding octopus and lots of damsel fish.
Tons of Steel trip to the Clipper and the Iron Reef, Seana’s Rig. Diver’s encountered clear blue water and near ideal conditions as we had very little current and clam seas. Bottom temp was around 79 degrees. Diver’s reported seeing juvenile amberjack, butterfly fish, queen angel fish, queen trigger fish, southern sting rays, wrasse, coco damsels, arrow crabs and much more.
Six whale sharks spotted between Seana’s rig and Little Sara. The whale sharks came to the side of the boat and began rubbing themselves on the vessel’s hull.
More whale sharks!! This time a group of divers from Broken Arrow, OK, Houston and Fort Worth were surprised to find a whale shark out at the Iron Reef, Little Sara. Dive 1 had already yielded a close dolphin encounter for some in the group and then on Dive 2 a whale shark came in to steal the show. Visibility was around 40 to 60 feet and the water felt warmer than the last couple of days and was around 77 at depth.
No need to dive the Clipper today. Not when there are whale sharks all over the Iron Reef, Seana’s Rig! One diver reported seeing 5 at one time, while other divers in another area reported seeing 3 to 4. The best estimate we have is that there anywhere from 10 to 20 Whale sharks seen on the dive. Every time a diver turned around there was another whale shark in the water with them. Truly a spectacular sight to see. Visibility was around 40 to 60 feet and water temp was 84 at the surface and 76 at depth.
Divers from Scuba Schools of Forth Worth and Houston Underwater Club came along for a Tons of Steel trip which includes two dives on the Clipper and one dive on an gas rig. The Mississippi River flooding to the North has brought in a ton of fresh water and algae blooms to the normally clear mid summer waters. The muck has created some not so great viz for divers on the Clipper as of late. Still after two wreck dives it was time to head to the Iron Reef, Seana’s Rig. To the divers surprise the algae bloom has also brought in a school of whale sharks!! The shallower depth at the rig meant better viz and a chance to swim with one of the ocean’s most majestic and mesmerizing creatures.