|Chris and I and friends decided
to make a trip to Key Largo, FL to get wet. Chris had his new housing for his Sony
Handicam PC110 and I was shooting still with my housed n90s and ikelite substrobe 200.
Southwest Airlines had tickets on sale from Omaha to Ft. Lauderdale for $160 incl all the
taxes and fees (did i mention the government taxes us all too much?) Our buddy, Chris
Snider just got his C-card and this was his first dive trip.
In addition, the 510 ft U.S. Navy LSD, Spiegel Grove was recently sunk as an
artificial reef. I've been looking to dive this wreck for a year or so now, ever since I
first heard about the plan to sink her. Through years of EPA (did I mention the EPA is a
government entity overstepping its bounds) induced costs and delays, the ship finally
rested on the bottom. The final costs are somewhere in the $1.5 million range and many
years of donated manhours to prepare her. She was supposed to be right-side up, however
during the sinking she rolled over and ended up on her starboard side. Those who donated
their time and money are to be commended for all the work they did to make this happen.
The Speigel Grove is a great dive and should bring many tourist dollars to the Key Largo
Looking down at the starboard gun turret as Chris Heinzle circles under with video cam on.
Looking up with a prop blade in the foreground. -jh
Chris Snider by the starboard prop. -jh
Looking toward the bow, the gun turret is visible. The guns themselves were removed
before she was sunk. -jh
Looking up toward the starboard side and sternward from inside the well deck of the
Spiegel Grove. -jh
A hermit crab extends out from his shell a bit to see what all the commotion is all about.
I was tracking this boxfish, who was oblivious to me until he turned and came right toward
me. The front of my lens is about 6" from him here. I was lucky to get this because I
was so startled he came towards me. -jh
A green moray takes a good look at the bright light while a neon goby picks him clean. -jh
A neon goby waiting on a giant brain coral. There were two neaon gobys here manning a
fish cleaning station. As I approached, however, their customers became wary and stayed
I believe this is a shrimp. About an inch long, you can just make out a pincher grabbing
onto a piece of algae. Someone mentioned the curly bits in the lower-left as being eggs.
This green moray was very patient with me as i approched to within about a foot for this
Coral polyps out feeding. -jh
A neon goby over a very colorful patch of coral. -jh
I have no idea the species of this fish. Less than the diameter of a pencil, it would poke
its head out of a hole in the coral to feed. -jh