Julie's Reef – June 20, 2015

Water Temp: 78° F
Max Depth: 71 ft.
Start Time: 8:53 pm
Dive Duration: 42 min.
Weather: Sunny
Wind: SE @ 3-5 mph

Current: NNW @ <.25 knot
Visibility: Horiz. 40 ft.
Seas: <1 ft.
Boat: Little Deeper
Lat/Long:

   The goals for this dive were to map the site, video benthics and obtain fish counts. Julie’s Reef is a low-profile reef with ledges full of nooks and crannies offer amazing habitat for a myriad of fish. It also has a broken, sandy bottom that is perfect for Yellowhead Jawfish and Blue Dartfish. The team dropped in on a 2’ Loggerhead turtle swimming by. He didn’t pay any attention to our presence and continued swimming along. As usual there were lots of great benthics and fish to see. A single disk coral was spotted, sea fans, sponges, and tunicates. Fishes included a Chub, Scrawled Cowfish, 3 Yellowhead Jawfish and a Blue Dartfish. This is a great site for everyone.

Esso Bonaire – June 20, 2015

Water Temp: 78° F
Max Depth: 88 ft.
Start Time: 10:39 pm
Dive Duration: 34 min.
Weather: Sunny
Wind: SE @ 3-5 mph

Current: NNW @ <.5 knot
Visibility: Horiz. 45 ft.
Seas: <1 ft.
Boat: Little Deeper
Lat/Long: 26°57.851N/80°00.478W

    The Esso Bonaire is a 147’ Harbor Tanker built in 1926 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She was seized after U.S. Customs found 55,000 pounds of marijuana on board. The vessel was purchased with money from the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and was sunk off Jupiter Inlet as a fish haven. Two attempts were made to sink the tanker. The first was on July 22, 1989 but canceled due to rough water. The weather was better the next day, but the vessel still took nine hours to go down. It is one of three wrecks that make up the drift dive known as the Jupiter Wreck Trek. The wreck is at a depth of 90’ and remains intact resting on its keel. It is covered with corals and gorgonians and is a very popular site for Barracuda and Nurse Sharks.
   The goals for this dive were to video benthics, obtain fish counts, and do an overall site review. The team dropped in on a Lemon Shark and several Goliath Groupers. As we were descending, a school of Grunts swarmed around us. Once on the wreck, we noted more Goliath’s, a small one (3’) was tucked in the hull of the ship. At the stern, in the sand, a pair of Shortnose Batfish was spotted. Along the starboard side a Coney was zipping around along with many other varieties of fish. During the ascent, a Tiger Shark was spotted checking out the divers, and on the wreck, the dive master saw a Bull Shark. The condition of the site is about the same as on our previous dive on July 12th, 2014.

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