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Today we dove with the Silent World crew and had another good day of diving.
Dive #1 Spiegel Grove:
We tied off the boat and dove down to the bow of the Spiegel Grove. We then made our way down the port side of the ship, going in and out of a few doors/hallways along the way. We also saw a huge 300+ lb Goliath Grouper (aka Jew Fish) while exiting one of the doors. We then crossed over the loading dock near the back of the ship. As we swam up the starboard side, we saw a couple of barracuda as well as another Jew Fish. Once we made our way to the bow again, I dropped down the side a little just so I could hit 100', and then we continued playing in the open doors/hallways. We then slowly made our way up to 15ft, did a full 5 min safety stop, and hopped back on the boat with 600 lbs of air left in the tank.
The air temp was 82 degrees and so was the surface. The bottom temp was 78. There were only 1-2 ft waves, no real current to speak of, and the viz was well over 60 ft, so all in all, it was an awesome dive. We only had about 24 mins of bottom time, so the next dive on the Grove I hope to stretch that out to closer to 30 mins.
Dive #2 Grecien Rocks:
This was an okay dive, but compared to the Grove it paled in comparison. We did see tons (20+) lobster hiding under rocks and ledges, as well as a few crabs. We also ran into another pair of barracuda and about a million tropical fish. Other than that, it was a nice shallow reef dive.
Air temp of 84. Water was 82. Total bottom time of 63 minutes with 1100 psi still to spare.
Lake Martin is a fantastic lake(specially for bassin'), I've got good friends in Pell City and Chula Vista and have the good fortune of deer hunting and fishing there from time to time....enjoy the rest of your time in the Keys!!!