|Posted by Joel Svendsen on January 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM|
We had an awesome Rec(wreck)/Tec dive Saturday morning on the Blue Fire off Fowey Light. The four of us (David Matt, Jody and I) did a beautiful scooter dive in 120-feet. The water was 74 to 76-degrees bottom to top with about 60-70-ft of visibility, about 2-kt current at the surface, a bit less on the bottom. We did an easy hot-drop and landed right on the wreck (Thanks Carlos)!! There is an incredible amount of soft corals growing all over the wreck. The schools of bait fish/grunts swimming and schooling around the wreck reminded me of a scene from NatGeo's Blue Ocean. Amazing to see. Most of us saw an exceptionally large Lionfish in the sand just off the bow. I noticed a couple large barracuda standing watch over the wreck. After 18-min on the wreck Jody and I scootered off to the south, looking for a second wreck. We didn't find it, but enjoyed another 24-minutes of scootering over the reefs in 90-70-feet. We saw a green Moray eel making a home in a lobster trap. We also swam over an amazingly large stingray with eyes the size of golf balls! I was staying to the west parallelling the reef and Jody was east of me. Now I understand why; the wreck he was looking for was going to be found east of the reefline. After 38-minutes we thumbed the dive. Average depth was 85-feet. Our maximum depth back on the wreck of the Blue Fire was 119-feet. Remember the Rule of 130? At this point in the dive we had no real obligation. Shot our bag and still did a short deco on Os. At 10-feet Jody got squared away and dumped his back-gas down to 500-psi in order to check out the buoyancy charisteristics of his new X7-100s. Beautiful way to enjoy a warm south Florida morning on Biscayne Bay.