Just returned from making 14 dives in the Dry Tortugas ecological reserve 10 miles west of Loggerhead Key. This was my 28th trip there in 10 years. I've completed hundreds of dives over hundreds of sites there in 10 years, collecting a massive archive of underwater video and still images.
The water clarity I saw during this last trip was in the top 5 of all trips. Huge black and red groupers everwhere. Noticed the plate corals at 'Alice' look to be having some trouble but the star and brain corals I saw at other sites seem to be thriving beautifully. Surface water temps in low to mid 80s but below 30 feet, it drops quick to low to mid 70s. We saw no signs of tar or oil yet as of May 23rd.
Updated: 3:59 PM GMT on May 25, 2010
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