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SCUBA-L  June 2000, Week 2

SCUBA-L June 2000, Week 2

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Re: Dive Report 23 Mile Reef Wilmington NC

From:

Brian Gelfand <[log in to unmask]>

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Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 12 Jun 2000 13:25:18 -0700

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Hi Rick,

Sounds like a beautiful spot  Thanks for the great
report.  And the water temp - nice and toasty!  Makes
me very jealous.

The air temperature was about 50-55 degrees F this
weekend.  I'm afraid of what the water temperature
might be!  I will report if I go for a dive next
weekend.

Cheers,

Brian
--- Rick Fincher <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> We had a great dive out at 23 mile reef Saturday. It
> is 27 miles (23
> nautical miles) out from Carolina Inlet, or
> Masonboro Inlet at Wrightsville
> Beach, but since it was so calm Saturday it took
> less than an hour and a half to
> get there. Seas were less than 2 feet.
>
> It was my first dive there but I saw why it is a
> local favorite spot. When we
> got
> to the area there were a few other boats there, but
> since the reef runs for
> several miles you can just pick a spot and look for
> the ledge on the depth
> sounder and drop anchor.
>
> I guess the only disadvantage of this spot is the
> depth. it was 82 feet at the
> top of the reef and dropped off to 100 feet, so that
> limits your bottom time
> somewhat.
>
> The ledge itself looks like dark volcanic rock
> covered with coral and is about
> 15 feet high. On top it has a thin covering of
> seaweed and drops vertically down
> to white sand.
>
> There are lots of crevices and overhangs. A few
> chunks of the wall that look
> like they have broken off the reef lie scattered in
> the sand at the bottom.
>
> The rock itself is full of holes like swiss cheese
> and all sorts of creatures
> live in the holes.
>
> The water was very clear. I was surprised at the
> color because relatively deep
> water like that is usually very dark blue, but this
> water was Bahamas blue.
>
> I found out why on the first dive. The water was so
> clear that my buddy, John,
> was casting a shadow on the bottom at 100 feet.
> Usually at that depth the light
> is dim and diffuse but the water was clear enough
> that in addition to shadows,
> light
> patterns from the surface were dancing across the
> bottom, like you would see in
> a swimming pool. The white sand bottom was
> reflecting light back up to the
> surface giving the water that pretty blue color.
>
> The water temp was 79 at the surface and about 75 at
> the bottom.
>
> As for fish species we saw grouper, black bass,
> white grunts, spanish hog fish,
> trigger fish, bunches of angel fish including a
> really large one, jacknife fish,
> amberjack, arrow crabs, and too many others to list.
>
> It was very much like a reef dive in the Keys, but
> without some of the warmer
> water species like parrot fish and the reef itself
> is taller and a vertical
> wall.
>
> John saw a 4 foot stingray fly right over me, but I
> missed it. We also saw a
> shark. I only saw the tail but John got a good look
> at it and said it was a reef
> shark.
>
> John almost bagged a lobster but it got away from
> him and went up under the
> ledge where we couldn't see him. I thought the
> lobster was big but John says it
> was small compared to others he's seen at that site.
> The year round bag limit on
> spiney lobster in NC is two per person on the boat
> per day.
>
> On the safety stop of our second dive I could
> clearly see the bottom and it
> looked as if it were only 20 or 30 feet below us
> even though it was actually 67
> feet below.
>
> This is a great dive site that I'm sure we will be
> visiting a lot from now on,
> if everybody aboard is comfortable with the depth.
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Rick Fincher


=====
Brian Gelfand<BR>Montreal, Canada

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