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February 3, 2002: Pompano Beach, Florida

"Rodeo Wreck" - "Secret Ledges"
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Exciting dives, one resulting in some nice pictures and video.
Diving in the Atlantic Ocean:
  • Directions from Tampa: Well, I started out from Boynton, so from there go South on I95.
  • Conditions on the day of my visit: Sunny.

  • Personal Notes: "Rodeo Wreck" is so named because it was sunk during a fishing rodeo. It's been down for a long time, but is still a very large wreck. It was a good thing I decided not to take a camera; I probably would have lost it in the strong current we experienced.

Videos!

My Codecs Page so you can get what you need to see these.

Our first dive being a wreck in high current, these are videos from our second dive at "Secret Ledges."
Secret Ledges
[VIDEO LINK] 2.9 MB There were a lot of Butterflyfish at the beginning of the dive.
[VIDEO LINK] 3.8 MB Here is a video of a really strangely colored Damselfish.
[VIDEO LINK] 4.9 MB Here's a bit of footage of a Trunkfish.
[VIDEO LINK] 5.2 MB This is the first Ray I've ever gotten footage of ... it's a Yellow Stingray.
[VIDEO LINK] 3.2 MB I don't yet have a good still of a Hogfish but here's some decent footage of one.
[VIDEO LINK] 5.6 MB This video has sound! If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of this little Damselfish attacking my camera housing.

Pictures!

All pictures are from the "Secret Ledges," as indicated above.
Secret Ledges
Goatfish in the inactive phase. Easy to shoot because it can take some effort to get them to move when they're in this state.
Queen Angels used to be a surprise for me but these days all I see are large ones like this one.
I managed to get close enough to use the lights and take the red filter off and get this Scorpion Fish in his very natural colors.
This mollusk (?) was a little open until I got too close.
My sister and I have never seen a Damselfish with quite this type of coloring.
These little guys (probably a kind of Blenny) usually sit out in front of their holes, but are very skittish. I managed to get a good shot (if a little blurry) of this one, who ran to hide when I went to turn the lights on for a second shot.
This is the first picture of a Stingray I have managed to get with this camera. I was very excited to see this little Yellow Stingray sitting in the sand. I also managed to get footage of him moving on.
I got footage of this Hogfish but I didn't have a still of one yet. Still kind of don't have a still of one as this guy hid his face before I snapped the photo.
Here's a Scorpion Fish out in the open; I had to correct some of the colors on this one.


Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
143 Rodeo Wreck 110 feet 33 min. 73 F
144 Secret Ledges 66 feet 50 min. 73 F
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