This Week’s Dive Report

This week conditions were fine. We had some rain here and there, but no trips were canceled because of this. Sometimes, it’s even fun to dive in the rain and see the droplets hitting the ocean’s surface from below. 

The Florida Keys are famous for many of our shipwrecks, and they never disappoint. This week, we did a “wreck trek” to the Bibb, Duane and Eagle wrecks. The current was pretty strong, but our divers muscled their way through. 

When the current is strong like that, fish also use structures like wrecks for protection. This is just like what our divers do to get out of the current. So, the payoff for fighting through the current was some very cool critters. The wrecks were loaded up with life!

The “wreck trek” provided a perfect opportunity to observe interesting fish behaviors up close. ERIC BILLIPS/Contributed

Next Week’s Dive Report

The holiday week and weekend are forecasted to be beautiful. It will be sunny with slight winds. 

Make sure no matter what you do over the time off that you stay safe. Big weekends like July 4th can bring a lot of boat traffic to the Keys, so stay aware of your surroundings. 

Conservation Update

More corals planted this week brings I.CARE’s total for the year to 1,460 corals. All of these have been planted on Islamorada reefs, helping to restore our local marine ecosystem. This, in turn, supports the blue economy and all the different people who rely on a healthy ocean for their livelihood.

Southern stingrays are always a delight to find half-hidden in the sand. ERIC BILLIPS/Contributed

Conservation Tip

As a diver, be an advocate for conservation. Check out PADI’s Project Aware programs. They sponsor Marine Debris clean-ups, Shark awareness programs and other conservation minded activities.

I.CARE Tip

This weekend, the I.CARE coral plantings will be held at Key Dives. Florida Keys Dive Center will host the Shark Awareness dives. Ready to join either? Or both?

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Eric Billips is is the owner, captain and instructor at Islamorada Dive Center and Floridia Keys Dive Center. He specializes in scuba, rebreather, spearfishing and captaining in the Florida Keys