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Key Largo Dive Log – May 4, 2020 May 14, 2020

Time seems to pass pretty uneventfully as we wait out the pandemic. What we really needed was a day like this to go scuba diving: nice and clear with no wind!

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Unauthorized passenger disembarking the Lucky Fish

We quickly made plans to meet our local friends, Leslie and Carlie — and after a short delay to disembark a stowaway racoon from our boat — we met their boat (the ‘Lucky Enough‘!) right around 11 am at one of our closest and best dive sites, Key Largo Dry Rocks.

Boats were soon hooked up to neighboring mooring balls and we were close enough to talk across to each other — but far enough apart to be in compliance with the order to distance on the water!

Dive 1: Key Largo Dry Rocks, “The Island”

We kitted up and met up underwater at the base of the mooring line.  Glenn led us towards The Island, a little-known coral reef outcropping about 100 yards from Dry Rocks.

Despite being a gorgeous day and visibility from the boats looked endless, underwater was different. There was some particulate in the water making it a bit milky, so viz was not as good as expected. Happily the fish life did not disappoint!

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Yellow spotted stingray

We spent a lot of time crisscrossing the underwater island and sighted a large Black Grouper and a Nassau Grouper at a ‘cleaning station.’ Our friend Leslie got this amazing shot of a gorgeous yellow spotted stingray, which we don’t see that often.

And all the normal suspects were in abundance:  Grunts, File fish, French Angelfish, Yellow tail snapper, Hogfish and more. We also noted some nice healthy hard coral, something there is a shortage of in the Keys waters at the moment due to Stony Coral disease.

Working our way back, we visited the Christ of the Abyss statue for a quick hello and came across a beautiful moray hunting in the nooks and crannies.

Dive time was 61 minutes and we got down to 31 ft!


Dive 2: North Key Largo Dry Rocks

After some discussion we motored over to North Key Largo Dry Rocks. Carlie tied Lucky Enough on the eastern mooring buoy and we tied onto the back for a good chat while eating lunch. There was a long easy swell coming in that left us bobbing gently up and down.

We suited up and dropped in and started making our way up and down the fingers of the reef. Being so shallow, the visibility seemed much better.

We noted lots and lots of coral outplanting in the area done by the good folks at Coral Restoration Foundation and it was encouraging to see new growth. A few swim-throughs made for excellent photos. Morays, snappers and the NML (normal marine life) was observed.

scuba diver coral reef

This dive was a lot shorter at 38 minutes and we never got deeper than 20 ft.

Back on the boats, we showered off and parted ways back to the docks in Key Largo. It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning and we are definitely going to do it again!

Psst…Want to see more? Here’s a great video of the day made by our friend Carlie!

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