Great to get a few dives in again!


A couple of weeks ago I actually got a few days to head down to Lauderdale by the Sea to get some much needed shore dives in. First time in the deep blue for about 6 months due to work and the weather not cooperating. Local shore diving further North in Brevard, Indian and Martin counties has been non existent on my days off since October.
With that said, I was shocked that it felt like I had been in the water the day before. No jitters, no equipment issues, no major attitude issues with Richard, no sinus blockages.
First stop was Gold Coast Scuba to purchase another steel tank for me. Happy Mother’s Day! Much needed so we do not have to do fills between every dive.
First thing I noticed was the expansion. No more tiny room up front. The whole space had been opened up to allow for more dive gear to be sold. I would say 3 times the shop frontage they had before. Steve also took us next door to the new classroom facilities they have for Padi classes. I have to say, I am so super pleased when I see the little guy doing good. Honest people, honest prices and good customer service is really paying off for steve, Brian, Dave and the gang there.
After loading up, we headed to check in to Santa Barbara to unpack and gear up. First dive we hit the water about 11am. easy ebtry, no waves, no ledge dropoff, no other divers, no current to fight. Rich and I took our time getting fins, mask sorted, checked equipment for any leaks and headed out to the rubble reef. I am a lazy diver. Got out about 200 feet and dropped right about on the cannon there. The shipwreck snorkel trail, an artificial reef, is one block south of Commercial directly off Datura Avenue. It is about 200 feet offshore in 12 to 15 feet of water. Look for a swim buoy. The trail is just past the buoy and a little south. There are concrete cannons and a ballast pile. When you stand at the beach entrance at Datura Street, look east and you will see a white buoy. The snorkel trail is 150 feet east and 150 feet south of the buoy. All of the shipwreck artifacts are located within a 100′ x 20′ area. I noticed only one buoy was in the water, not sure what happened to the 5 we usually see.
It was a leisurely swim, viz was about 30 feet but there was alot of whale we call “whale snot” in the water floating around the first rubble reef, cheese section.
We swam up on the biorock project. Finally some natural growth of seagrasses and smaller corals on the structure. They have also transplanted some live coral chunks and attached them with wire to the rebar structure.

1-12biorrockprojectRemember this picture from January 2012?

 

 

 

 

 

Now this is what it looks like…

Next we swam out to what i refer to as the first reel reef, but what many call the second reef.  Larger reef structures, larger fish, more lobsters.  It was not lobster season but MAN they were everywhere!  Nice big, healthy ones.  Saw a few mama’s with tails curled up.  Most were in packs of 4-8 that we saw.  Can’t wait to do my Michigan trip and then hit mini season when I am back!

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Hogfish, blennies, grunts, several types of good size grouper, small tarpon, trumpetfish, the usual stonefish, French and Queen angels plus some new unusual suspects we have never seen before that I will write more on later.

Tons of free swimming moray eels, enormous monsters!

Massively enjoyable and I felt my inner MERMAID poke her head up in the water again.

Will post more later about the huge lionfish we saw!

 

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Fishy…Fishy…


Ok, so I have been like a fish out of water since October. Too much work and not enough play, so that as one of my New year’s resolutions broken.
I apologize for the length of time between post but good news is I am back!
I am heading to Lauderdale by the sea again Mon thru Weds or Thurs to get some shore dives in.
Thanks goes out to Gaylin & Jim from Deep Six for expediting the Viz on my tanks. I literally dropped them off Thurs afternoon and the pushed them through for the next morning. That is some serious customer service and one of the reasons why they are one of my Florida LDS choices.
Also a big thanks to Brian from Gold Coast who says it is looking to be super flat Monday. Tues may be a little choppy but I think we can handle it and if not drinks by the pool will be almost as good.
So, no lobsters this time as season is over but I look forward to some serious float time in the nurseries. Look for some reports and perhaps some photos if I can uncover my camera.

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Where’s Danielle???


Sorry for my fellow divers.  I have been a fish out of water.  As many of my friends know I hate the cold water and the conditions locally have been abysmal for shore diving.  I did have plans to go diving yesterday as the water looked the best I had seen it while down at Mulligan’s in Vero Beach on Thursday.  But work prevails.

I have left the corporate world and now am on the creative road selling handmade organic jewelry and hair accessories.  Fabulous thing is I sell lots, bad part of that is I have to remake all the time.

Anyway….I have debuted a new sealife inspired line of hair accessories all from local shells, sand dollars from Hutchinson island and starfish.

You can find me (or Rich) every Saturday At Jazz Market in Fort Pierce and every Sunday in Celebration.  This weekend we re splitting up and I will be at Grant Seafood Festival.

I have a new line of organic real orchid necklaces all from real orchids that I grow.  Check outthe pics.  I do them so you can wear them as a necklace but I add a clip feature so you can also wear the orchid in your hair or as a pin.  They are all natural, earth friendly, vegan friendly and sustainable.  Meaning I am not destroying any part of the Earth, instead taking what Mother Nature gives us naturally and transforming it into works of art you can wear!

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Watch for Humpback whales migrating in January off East Coast of Florida


There are a couple of whales that migrate off the eastern shores of Florida.  Be sure to watch for the Humpback and Right Whales as they migrate in the early months each year.  You can even occasionally spot them while walking on the beach during spring break.  Other large whales that are found in Florida’s water, but not necessarily near shore, are Fin Whales and Sperm Whales.

Today I am gonna talk about humpback whales. FYI this is an endangered species.

Humpback Whales migrate along the gulf stream, which is similar to I-95  interstate for marine life, to the Caribbean in autumn and winter months to breed  These majestic creatures live and feed in the northern waters from Iceland to Cape Cod the rest of the time.   I have been privileged and blessed to see them on several field trips while growing up in Connecticut off the shores between Newport and Long island.  Humpbacks feed only in summer, in these chilly polar waters then they migrate  to the tropical waters if the Caribbean to breed.  During the winter  and breeding, they live off their accumulated fat stores.

The humpback gestation period is approximately 11 months. Newborn humpbacks are born 4.6 m in length and weigh about 1.3 metric tons.   They are roughly the length of their mother’s head.  They will nurse for 5-6 months. Sexual maturity is reached at 2-5 years, at which time the young whales measure about 12 m in length. Physical maturity doesn’t occurs until they reach at 12-15 years of age. Females breed only every other year which adds speculation to why they may be reaching extinction.

These incredible babies  nurse for approximately six months, then mix nursing and independent feeding for what is rumored another six months more. Humpback moms milk is 50% fat and pink in color which is just what these huge babes need.

Humpback whales often congregate in groups of 20-30 to perhaps 100-200. They are among the most acrobatic and visible of whales and breach completely out of water in spectacular displays of strength, humping their back into an arch.  Hence their name.  Humpbacks commonly slap their tail flukes or flippers on the water’s surface and occasionally lift their huge heads above water to peer about, a behavior known as “spyhopping.” Tail slapping, breaching, and other such behaviors may serve in communication between the whales, possibly as warnings or a means of indicating location.

Humpbacks also produce a number of unusual sounds described variously as moans, groans, cries, squeals, chirps, and clicks. Sounds may be arranged into complex and predictable patterns known as “songs.” These songs may last 10-20 minutes and are often repeated for hours at a time.  Humpback songs may be repeated for long periods of time and have been most often recorded on low latitude breeding grounds. Although yet to be proven, songs are thought to be broadcast by sexually mature, lone males and may have some purpose in mating rituals.

I am going to pay careful attention to the ocean while walking the beach this time of year, I hadn’t thought about it the other day while having low tide happy ours cocktails with my fave person and fabulous hubby, Rich.

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Lemon Shark Aggregation in Jupiter, Florida


lemonEvery year from January to mid April, lemon sharks meet and aggregate along the Eastern Coast of Florida.  Lemon sharks grow up to 13 feet long and average approximately 10 feet.  They are found in the shallower waters of the Bahamas and Caribbean as well as Florida. Lemon sharks get their name from the yellowish tinge to the skin on their back (with an off white belly) that is great camouflage when they are resting on the sea floor.  The skin has a mottled and pitted lemon feel to it.  The lemon shark is one of the larger species of sharks.  According to http://www.flmng.ufl.edu, Lemon sharks have an average growth rate of .21 inches/year.

lemon 2  This shark is a blunt nosed shark with two dorsal fins of similar size. The snout is round and shorter than the width of the mouth. Its upper teeth are narrow and broad with triangular smooth-edged cusps and finely serrated bases. The lower teeth are narrow and triangular with smooth-edged cusps. Lemon sharks have between 3 and 5 ridges, or rows, of teeth on both the upper and lower jaw. Their long thin sharp teeth are designed to catch slippery fish, the mainstay of the shark’s diet.  Did you know, a young lemon shark loses an entire set of teeth, one at a time, every 7-8 days. They are grown rapidly in the back of the jaw and as the shark loses teeth they are rotated forward.

These sharks are know to really get their groove on in Jupiter, Florida.  The Shark Foundation has set up 18 acoustic monitors to track the sharks they have tagged for monitoring.  This project has given us an indepth look at both the mating habits of the female and the nomadic habits of the male lemon sharks.  From this one study, it has been found that a critical temperature of 24 ° C has now been identified as the most likely cue for both local movements and seasonal residence.

One might also ask about the birth defects from inbreeding of such as large gathering of sharks.  To avoid inbreeding problems within their relatively small populations, the sharks appear to have developed a mating strategy not yet unobserved in other shark species.  Female lemon sharks return to their natal grounds each year, much like sea turtles while male remain nomadic.  Females can also be impregnated by several males, which may cause a more varied gene pool.

Just recently the FWC has imposed a ban on fishing for these incredible creatures to protect them.  Females produce a litter only every other year, and it takes a long time for the young to come to maturity, 12 to 15 years.  Many of these juveniles will congregate in Bimini along the mangroves for protection until they reach maturity  to protect them from bigger sharks.   Without a fishing ban, it has been said that commercial fishing could wipe out the species within two years.

According to http://www.fisheries.vims.edu, Lemon sharks in their first year have a survival rate of only 39%, depending on conditions. After their first year this percentage increases dramatically to 88% annual survival rate.

Riveiera Force E has some trips planned to see this massive event.  The Jan 13th boat is full but they have another trip planned on the 26th.  Call them direct for details.

Also, Dr. Sam Gruber and his team from the Bimini Shark Lab are back in town next week for 2 months for the annual research on the winter aggregation of lemon sharks. Spearboard has helped out in the past as evidenced by these threads.  Lemon- Aid 2013 is under way on spearboard.com.  They are once again asking help from Spearboard members diving off Jupiter and Palm Beach. Please report on this thread any sightings of lemon sharks in that area for the next two months. You can also donate fish caught for bait to Dr. Gruber.  Here is the link for this post. 

sharkscountSharkSavers SharksCount Program is a global “citizen science” initiative. They are reaching out to divers across Florida and providing tools to help you log and share your shark sightings so this important information can be applied to local conservation planning.

If any any way, big or small, personally or financially, you would like to help Dr. Gruber you may contact him at:

Bimini Biological Field Station

9300 SW 99 St

Miami FL 33176-2050

I think I shall have to add a boat trip out to see this impressive event.  Add this to my bucket list this year!

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January Calendar of Sealife & Migrations for South Eastern Florida


Every year I am blessed to be amazed and inspired by some of the most incredible sights under the sea.  As many of my readers will know, I can’t help myself but come back and learn more about the awesome creatures I come across.  Along my travels I started to realize that the reason why I see so many varied and different creatures is because of the yearly migration paths these marine animals take.  I started to keep a journal of what I came across and did some research to try to complete a list that would help myself and fellow divers realize the best times to get in the drink to see what they are looking for.

Being a somewhat native (over 20 years) Floridian it is easier for me to plan on short notice, I hope this will help some of the divers who travel from far to plan accordingly to see the goliath grouper aggregation, the turtle spawning, or the lemon shark fiesta they have always wanted.  Don’t under estimate the power of a baitball sighting to change your perspective on the world either.  I have seen some incredible baitballs and been surrounded by thousands of fish pinging off my wetsuit.  Very Alfred Hitchcock like!

Sharks sharing a baitball buffet

Sharks sharing a baitball buffet

I remember a few years ago there was an incredible baitball sighting that brought 1000’s of sharks out.  A pilot, James Abernathy, got some fabulous photos.  This event was even reported internationally!

For out of towners…please note that Dec-April you can pay almost double on hotel rooms.  Be sure to book 2-3 months ahead of time for lower rates.  Also, most places will drop rates 30-50% after April 1st every year.  Be sure to check out dive travel groups as well.  Some of the local dive shops have hookups with hotels.  If you need any recommendations, please feel free to email me.

To start I will post January as a teaser..I will try to get the whole year up by the end of the week.

January: 

The water is a bit chilly  for us wimpy Floridians.  I tend to head further south down by Lauderdale by the Sea.  I am planning a Singer Island trip later this month.

Rays:  Spotted Eagle rays, Manta Rays, Atlantic Rays, Yellow Rays and Southern Rays

Sharks:  Spinner, Hammerheads, Nurse, and Bull sharks plus Lemon sharks will aggregate during this time.  For a brief overview on sharks refer back to this previous post.

Whales:  Northern Right, Pilot, Sperm, Pygmy Sperm and Humpback Whales

Turtles:  Hawksbill, Loggerheads, Kemp Ridley, Green Turtles, and Leatherbacks.  One of the few times you can spot all types of turtles to be found here.

Lobster:  It is also lobster season so you can bag em if you have a license.  Season runs Aug 1st- March 31st.  Mini season is a week before start of season.

Dolphins:  Bottlenose and Atlantic Dolphins

Baitballs:  I couldn’t find any notable ones.  Please feel free to shoot me a comment if you can think of one.

Other fish of note:  Sailfish is prevalent in December and January and can be found feasting on baitballs offshore. Stuart is infamous for it’s sailfish charters.

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Don Pedro Gilbert the Pirate


I love the eastern coast of Florida.  It is full of natural and nautical treasures, both of the past and the present.  Hubby has a real love for all things Atocha, including an avid collectors interest in the reales.

While digging for information on the past of our shorelines and coquina, I came across what I consider, fabulously interesting information on Florida’s pirates.  Did you know we had a buccaneer who, raped, pillaged and plundered these shores?

Back in the early 1830s, the St. Lucie Inlet along Florida’s East Coast, in what we now call Hutchinson, Don Pedro Gilbert and his merry men wreaked havoc along the shorelines.  This area, now called Gilbert’s Pass or Gilbert’s Shoal, today is home to one of last historical mariner safe houses refuges.  It is located along the rocky coquina limestone reefs and sandbars.   This portion of the Atlantic Ocean, where the Gulf Stream used to carry many heavy laden cargo sailing ships, was once the home base for this dreadful crew of the Panda.  This is where you will find Gilbert’s Bar…short for sandbar.  This shoreline reef or shoal is named after Don Pedro Gilbert.

About Don Pedro Gilbert:

Gilbert was born in the early 1800’s.  You will also find his name spelled Gibert in some historical accounts.   He was a infamous privateer for Columbia.  I have researched that he was from Catalonia, Spain originally.

What is a privateer, well frankly, a pirate that is licensed by certain governments by obtaining a marquee.  This marquee allowed them to take enemies ships during wartime.  If you decided you wanted to pillage and plunder without the marquee and seek your own fortunes as you may in peace time, then they called you a pirate.

Imagine that in modern days…we are at war with say Mexico and we are given the right if we so choose to take whatever we want in the name of war in the name of of country.  We both share the spoils.  However, we are not at war and you do not have Uncle Sam’s permission, then it is illegal and you are a pirate.

Don Pedro Gilbert was not of noble birth, he just adopted the Don because he thought it sounded important and noble.  He is known to have wavy jet black hair and was supposed to be a real ladies man, back  in the day.  Along with his first mate, Bernardo de Soto and crew, they sailed the high seas on a black schooner named Panda (also Pindar).  This boat could easily navigate any shallow inlet, protected rivers or waterways, making it perfect for the Treasure Coast waterways.  Legend has that Gilbert was fond of the inlet into the Indian River along Hutchinson Island, with its high sand dunes along the barrier island that offered some protection from being located by passing ships at sea.  He had watch towers in the mangroves and also positioned himself on high ground along the Treasure Coast in places like Mount Pisgah, which is 57 feet and located at the northern end of Sewall’s Point, today just south of the former Frances Langford-Evinrude estate.  Another favorite outlook was Bleech Yards, some 61 feet high, located in the Jensen Beach area.  He was famous for his ambush tactics along the shorelines.  The Gulf stream runs close (about 2 miles off shore).  Many ships used this gulf-stream to navigate quicker through this stretch of the water.  Gilbert and his crew would light bonfires and pretend to be sailors that needed rescuing.  The ships would be lured in to help and they would crash on the treacherous reefs.   Once the pirate and crew had a booty they headed down to Jamaica for women, wine and song.  They would come back when they needed more loot.

Gilbert’s downfall would be the US ship Mexican that he pirated in 1832.  He stole about $20,000 in silver while the boat was heading to Rio de Janiero.  After slashing the sails and ruining the masts, Gilbert ordered all the men killed and set fire to the ship.  The Mexican’s men ended up escaping the room they were locked in and put out the fires.  After 6 weeks at sea, the Mexican crew made it back to report the theft.  In 1835, after being caught in Africa slave trading, which was now illegal inn the US, Gilbert and his men were brought to trial and in 1835, Gilbert was hung in Boston where his corpse was left, rotting for all to see.

Gilbert is technically the last American pirate to be executed for his crimes, although Nathaniel Gordon would be tried as well in 1862 for smuggling slaves.

 

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Dare I discuss solo diving?


The more I shore dive, the more this topic peaks my interest.  I dive many spots repeatedly up and the down the East Coast of Florida.  I would venture to say that I probably know Lauderdale by the Sea like the back of my hand.  This year, I am hoping in weather and Sea Gods are with me to know Rio Mar and Wabasso the same.

There is a sense of security that comes with diving the same spot repeatedly.  I always find it comforting to sea the “nursery”, the fingers, the anchor, the local resident nurse shark or even that favorite honey hole with with bugs.  However, as I dive dozens of dives with my dive buddy and life buddy, hubby Rich, I can’t help but notice that we wander further apart till just about out of each others sight.  Don’t holler, we have the 30 second rule of going to the surface and meeting and looking for the others bubbles and regrouping.  This past season when we got separated it was generally because I was watching a shark and he was watching a group of reef squid.  As you can see from these posts, we really don’t get freaked out diving inn our usual locations.

I also see multiple divers, solo diving on these shore excursions.  Add to the fact that I tend to have about 500-700 more psi than hubby at the end of the dive, and I have on occasion, gone back out on the first rubble reefs and had some fun on my own.  My curiosity got the better of me, so I thought, let me check this out and see how many other peeps are having that same curiosity.  Little did I know that you can now sign a solo diver release on boats.  But I get ahead of myself.

Welcome to the new age of diving…solo in 2013.  I discovered almost every major agency has embraced a self-reliant or solo diver course.  Charter boat companies are reviewing standards and procedures for solo divers.  It has raised consciousness at the recreational level that divers are thinking about self-sufficiency, redundancy, and fault tolerance.   By being prepared for solo diving are you preparing for the taboo of getting separated from your buddy.  I would think so.

So technically, how do you prepare?  Here is where I have a bit of an issue.  Look at my beginning sentence…technically.  That one single word.  I thought I was not interested in tech diving.  It appears that in some tiny way, tech diving has wormed it’s way into my life.

Apparently, I need a solo diving card plus I should carry an extra mask.  Good gravy, half the time when shore diving I don’t even bring my snorkel!  (Please for the love of God don’t tell my dive instructors).  I do bring cutting devices like a knife…ummm most of the time.  I should also have a qualified redundant air system (that was my buddy before).  And apparently I should let my mom know when I hit the water before I do solo.  Or someone else who can point the authorities inn the right direction if I don’t come back.

Ok, so after all my reading and searches, you can see I am a little skeptical and once again have a healthy respect for my best friend, hubby and DIVE BUDDY.  I should bring to your attention, that…YES I am still thinking about it and may do so on my last PSI leftovers.  I do feel that there are some simple basic concepts to the core of what you will find in a solo diver…CONFIDENCE and calm, cool collectiveness.  I do feel that I dive prepared to come back from every dive.  I still equipment check and follow dive awareness skills I was taught initially.  I do find most things come second nature know after dozens and dozens of dives.  Hopefully this never makes me lazy.

I would tend to agree with John Flanders who writes, “A solo diver is not someone who just dives on their own, on occasion.  A solo diver is someone who is prepared at the highest levels with a host of contingencies for even the most remote problems that may occur.  A solo diver does not just review a quick checklist and jump in the water.  A solo diver spends weeks, maybe months, reviewing their equipment, reviewing dive plans, getting site briefings from local experts, and learning all the angles that go into a particular dive.  A solo diver is someone who attacks every dive with the highest degree of complexity.  Yes, even that 30 foot reef dive has protocols of redundancy, self-sufficiency, and fault tolerance.   The heart of solo diver beats in one rhythm: Be prepared, come back alive!   A solo diver is not just a solo diver when they are alone, but the heart of a solo diver beats on in every dive, regardless of their buddy plan.  It never stops beating.  At the beginning of every dive, a solo diver knows he can count on himself or herself first should any problems arise.”

This is way too true.  Looking back I can see how personally I have grown more confident and for those of you who have followed me for a while, Rich has overcome a whole host of personal fears and phobias to become what I consider to be the best dive bud in the world.  Now I look closely at the scary moray eel or mother nurse shark.  Initially I would have run (or swam as fast as possible). Currents or conditions changed and I aborted dive.  Now I persevere and learn to adapt.

Ok, so I love to shore dive…would I even be considering this if I only went out on boats?  I am of the school of thought, no rules, just right when it comes to diving but am I fiddling with catastrophe?  The fact of the matter is, I still rely on my buddy, Rich, a little too much so perhaps…just for a while…I will hold on the thought of solo diving as I consciously try to become more self reliant and aware of my surroundings under the massive beast we call our oceans.

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Dive Friends Bonaire lauches innovative new volunteer cleanup initiative


If you dive, chances are you have heard if Bonaire.  It is  is famous for its pristine marine park and award-winning diving. As many of my dive and blog junkies know, I am always touting the “take more than you leave behind” philosophy when it comes to marine cleanup.  Whenever we dive, we always make sure to do a little cleanup on the dive back in as our way of thanks for seeing and sharing all that our fabulous oceans have to enjoy.  Good habits are hard to break, and I personally feel this one is a habit that is good to repeat.  So when I came across this article on diverwire, I thought it would be great to share as I know so many people visit Bonaire every year for their diving.

When Dive Friends Bonaire hosts quarterly Clean-Up Dives, efforts are focused upon Bonaire’s various piers in order to have enough trash for volunteers to pick up. On most dive sites, there is no marine debris to be found. However, the eastern, windward coastline is accumulating an enormous volume of plastic debris that drifts over on an ocean current from South America. 

Bonaire attracts visitors who are interested in maintaining Bonaire’s immaculate ecology, but not everyone can time their visit to coincide with a clean-up dive. With Debris Free Bonaire, they will all be able to donate a small amount of time to help the environment of Bonaire in a way that is easy, fun, and rewarding.

Anyone who wants to participate can just visit any one of Dive Friends Bonaire’s five dive centers to collect a large mesh bag. They will be shown on a map where the main areas of plastic marine debris are located and make the scenic drive over to the east coast at their convenience. It won’t take long to fill up the bag with plastic debris, but it’s worthwhile to take some time to explore the rugged, uninhabited coastline.

When they return the bag to Dive Friends Bonaire @ Hamlet Oasis, the plastic will be added to the 10 cubic meter container. It’s made from transparent mesh so that everyone may witness how much debris has been collectively removed from the marine environment. Volunteers can be photographed in front of the container. The photos will be uploaded onto the Debris Free Bonaire website so that everyone can watch while the debris is collected.

Each time the container is completely filled, the plastic will be sorted for recycling or proper disposal. All of the volunteers’ names who filled that container will be entered into a raffle for prizes such as free accommodation or diving.

Additional information about the project is available at: www.debrisfreebonaire.com

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Shore Dive conditions for week of 1/3/12


UPDATE: was down in Vero last night at Rio Mar, looked great!  flattest I have seen it in 4 months.  I am planning to dive MONDAY AM due to weekend work schedule. It is funny as I am not the only one thinking H2O therapy.  I got a couple notes from Sheeper (Paul) of the Vero Beach dive group and they plan to dive Sunday.

In my personal commitment to dive more often and blog daily, I am keeping up with all the local shore dive conditions and will get back to posting.  Today looks good, so does tomorrow!  Many people ask me, how do I judge it.  Well, cameras are great!  I checkout Windjammer and Rio Mar all the time.  I also watch surfguru, wunderground, and swell info for all the latest temps, wind directions and speeds, and rain forecast.  It is not rocket science but the more you watch, the more you learn.  I generally check out Fort Lauderdale and Vero Beach.  That is where I dive more frequent and both are drivable.  I also find that calling local dive shops, like Gold Coast scuba will give you up to the minute real time dive conditions as they talk to divers all day.  Some of the other dive shops (notice I did not name any) cater to boat divers more and do not have a handle on what shore diving is like.

Fort Lauderdale:  Minimal surf, no more than ankle height.  Semi glassy in the morning with SW winds less than 5mph. Semi choppy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting SSE 5-10mph.  I just had a look at Windjammers video cam in Lauderdale by the Sea and it is flat and glassy!  Today and tomorrow supposed to be flat, kicking up Sat 1-3 feet, calming down again till Weds where it will kick up again at 1-3feet.

Today 1/3/2013

Hi: 82°

Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds near 5 mph becoming 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Lo: 68°

Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows 65 to 69. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Friday 1/4/2013

Hi: 80°

Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 67°

Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows 64 to 68. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday 1/5/2013

Hi: 81°

Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs around 80. East winds 5 to 10 mph becoming 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

Lo: 71°

Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows 66 to 70.

Sunday 1/6/2013

Hi: 82°

Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers. Highs 77 to 81.

Lo: 67°

Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 60s.

Monday 1/7/2013

Hi: 78°

Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers. Highs 76 to 80.

Lo: 68°

Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 60s.

Tuesday 1/8/2013

Hi: 82°

Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers. Highs 75 to 79.

Lo: 69°

Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.

Wednesday 1/9/2013

Hi: 82°

Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Highs 77 to 81.

Vero Beach it is looking like 20-30% chance of rain until Monday.  At present winds are 4 miles to the West.  It will be 5-10 mile winds all weekend, becoming breezier on Monday.  I just had a look at the Rio Mar camera and it looks pretty nice.  but I can’t see the shoreline.  I have to Be there today beachside at Mulligans at 3 so I will check first hand.  I am seeing clean today and pretty choppy all weekend with up to 3 feet swells.

My plans are to try to get a dive in Monday am at Wabasso, Pepper Park or Rio Mar.  Will post another update later.

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