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Key Largo
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 area.

-joe

spiegel turret vidlight.jpg (11109 bytes)
Looking down at the starboard gun turret as Chris Heinzle circles under with video cam on. -jh

 

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Looking up with a prop blade in the foreground. -jh

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Chris Snider by the starboard prop. -jh

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Looking toward the bow, the gun turret is visible. The guns themselves were removed before she was sunk. -jh

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Looking up toward the starboard side and sternward from inside the well deck of the Spiegel Grove. -jh

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A hermit crab extends out from his shell a bit to see what all the commotion is all about. -jh

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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

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A green moray takes a good look at the bright light while a neon goby picks him clean. -jh

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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 away. -jh

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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. -jh

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This green moray was very patient with me as i approched to within about a foot for this shot. -jh

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Coral polyps out feeding. -jh

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A neon goby over a very colorful patch of coral. -jh

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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



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