Miami Wreck Exploration Project

Technical diving in Miami since 1990

Watson Island and ZT202

Posted by Matthew W. Hoelscher on March 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Saturday March 19th we dove the Watson Island Barge in 156ft of water. Visibility was good at 60ft and the seas were calm, no current. The barge has some good growth and is perfect for Lionfish. We found over 25 in all shapes and sizes. Mostly in the corners, but some were also hanging around the deepwater seafans. 

On the way up, a Bull shark circled us at the edge of visual range from 50 to 30ft to make things more interesting. 

2nd dive was on the ZT202 barge. Visiblity was green at about 40ft. The water cleared as we moved shallower to the Sara Jane. We hit the Dema Trader and then ended on the Proteus.

Our dive plan with the captain had us heading to the Sheri-lynn but we got off corse. After shooting the liftbag, a small fishing boat buzzed our bag while we were at 40ft. Our team came over and was greeted with profanity and claims to the life bag, "We saw it first! We saw it first!" Followed by accusations of shooting "jewfish" and threats of calling the Coast Guard. 

Like the Bull shark, this little fishing boat circled our support boat until after we boarded safely. We politely gestured to the over boat to invite them over and show them what a Gavin scooter is. They declined the opportunity to be proven wrong. 

Speacial thanks to David and Carlos for going above and beyond the call of surface support duty by fighting off wacky fisherman!

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