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.