|Posted by Joel Svendsen on August 8, 2018 at 8:45 PM|
Indeed it was a fantastic success yesterday. Jody set Jim and I up for a near-perfect hot-drop.
We were out in calm 2 to 3 foot seas, about 2-1/2 knots of surface current.
Ocean temperature was 88-degrees from about 80-feet and up, we experienced 68-degrees on the bottom. maximum depth was 236-feet.
We spent 17 minutes at depth.
Our descent put us right aft of the vessel's stern, about 30 feet away, an easy scooter to the wreck. Jim believes he saw two bull shark on our descent, I missed those fish. Once at the wreck we followed a large Goliath round to the right, down the port-side of the ship. She's turtled in the sand with the stern ot the east-end of the site running east-to-west. Off of the north side of the site is a debris field strewn with large concrete culvert pipe. We scootered the length of the wreck on the north side, did a 180-degree turn and came back down along the south side of the wreck. About 3/4 of the way i noticed a very large Atlantic Stingray in the sand, roughly 9-feet long nose to tail. Our video does a good job of showing her size in perspective to the divers. She seemed to be aware but unconcerned about our presence, eventually lifting up out of the sand and slowly swimming out into the sand-flats east of the wreck. We swam back to the stern of the ship, observed and videoed the twin props (port screw is fouled with line and debris, while the starboard screw is very visible and unobstructed. We scootered down along the length of the wreck just above the hull, noticing a lack of marine growth, a couple openings 'blown" through the bottom, and a few Lionfish hanging out. Also observed an exceptionally large Hogfish off on the north side of the structure.
We returned back to the stern of the wreck and made a short excursion out to the north of the site across the debris field. Observed just over a dozen culvert sections buried in the sand. Shortly afterwards one of the divers felt rather cold and suggested that we terminate the bottom portion of the dive and start our way up to the surface.