Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sea Venture Dive

(first blog - trying it all out - whooooo)

In January Alex, Ben and I went out to dive on the "Sea Venture" intentional wreck, which is a new dive site in Bermuda next to Eastern Blue Cut. The seas were flat calm, although viability was rather poor.

On entering the water and descending the mooring rope the first thing we noticed was the wreck was covered in a thick furry layer of filamentous algae. Otherwise the wreck is sitting upright on the bottom and its many open windows and cut swim-throughs begged for exploration.

Once inside the main floor one of the first things we saw was a MASSIVE old black grouper, who clearly was at home on the wreck. Almost no other fish were around, which might be thanks to this big lad. Very glad the wreck is within the NO FISHING ZONE of EBC, so hopefully this great fish can provide entertainment for lots of tourists this summer.

We took a bunch of video and photos, after which I went over to the neighbouring reef, to see if it too was covered in algae and lacking parrotfish. Turns out it was not, with almost no algae on the top of the reef and a nice population of parrotfish and tangs as well as cow pollys and pudding wifes. Much less welcome was the LIONFISH, which was living in a cave near a nice sized school of white grunts and juvenile creole wrasse. Will have to get him removed, certainly!