April 22, 2004 - April 24, 2004

April 23, 2004: Dry Tortugas

A Ultimate Getaway 2004 dive
"The Big O" - "2B PINN" - "Playmate Rock" - "Windjammer Wreck"

Again, I missed a dive this day, but still managed to get four in.
Diving in the Dry Tortugas:
  • Directions from Tampa: At 70 miles west of Key West, still in (I think) US territory, you'll have to go by boat.
  • Conditions on the day of my visit: Sunny but still cool, particularly in th

  • Personal Notes: With all the diving I've done I hadn't seen a Goliath Grouper (or Jewfish, to the less politically correct of us) in the wild. At least not as close as we got this day.


I don't like the quality (or lack thereof) of the pictures ... my camera lense may need cleaning. Also, on the night dive, my lights didn't last that long, as should be somewhat evident. Also, I didn't want to get to close to something and miss the shot from hesitation.
A Blue Angel Fish - sometimes mistaken for a Queen, but there's no crown.
Definitely a Grouper of some kind.
I think this is a Lizard Fish. But I've been known to mis-identify similar fish.
Windjammer Wreck
I didn't want to blind the poor guy so I kept my distance. A Lobster, if you didn't know.
This I think is called a Basket Star. You don't see them like this during the day - they tend to stay closed then.
A better view of the Basket Star.
A parrotfish, probably sleeping.
A Hogfish. From what I understand, these are hunted, and are supposed to taste good.

Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
249 The Big O 71 feet 40 min. 72 F
250 2B PINN 73 feet 44 min. 75 F
251 Playmate Rock 48 feet 36 min. 72 F
252 Windjammer Wreck 18 feet 30 min. 73 F
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