Trip Report Diving with David in Palm Beach 10/11/21

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Divin'Papaw

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I had the pleasure to dive with @DavidFL once again this past Monday. We dived together on Pura Vida's Aurelia in Palm Beach. Seas were calm (1' maybe), warm (84-85F) with manageable viz (30-50'). We had two enjoyable, relaxing dives together. Here are a few photos. I'll add a couple of turtle videos on a second post.

We did Juno Ledge first dive and Corridor Wreck Trek all the way to Brazilian Docks second dive.

Juno Ledge was surgy due to a ground swell. You’ll notice it in the hawksbill video below. Corridor had a mild north current.

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Here are a couple of videos
I like how that surge is making the turtle act like a crab going sideways. Viz looks hazy, but heard today it's crystal clear out there but a tad bumpy. I'll be back on the water next weekend along with the big PBCDA party on the 23rd.
 

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I had the pleasure to dive with @DavidFL once again this past Monday. We dived together on Pura Vida's Aurelia in Palm Beach. Seas were calm (1' maybe), warm (84-85F) with manageable viz (30-50'). We had two enjoyable, relaxing dives together. Here are a few photos. I'll add a couple of turtle videos on a second post.

We did Juno Ledge first dive and Corridor Wreck Trek all the way to Brazilian Docks second dive.

Juno Ledge was surgy due to a ground swell. You’ll notice it in the hawksbill video below. Corridor had a mild north current.

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Super nice photos
 

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I'm confused. One video says Lagerhead & the other says Hawksbill. They look the same to me. How do you tell them apart?
 
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I'm confused. One video says Lagerhead & the other says Hawksbill. They look the same to me. How do you tell them apart?

The three primary turtles we see on our reefs in SE FL ... loggerhead, green and hawksbill ... all look similar for sure. Occasionally you may see a leatherback or kemp's ridley but those are super rare to see on the reefs and wrecks in SEFL. It took me awhile to learn the difference. I volunteered for Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for a couple of years as a sea turtle rehab educator. We had to learn the difference and that really helped. You look at things like the carapace construction (hawksbill shells are like tiles on a roof which is different than green and loggerhead shells), shape of the carapace as a whole, scute patterns of the carapace, facial scale pattern, beak shape, head shape and the eyes. All of those taken together allow you to tell if it's a loggerhead, green, or hawksbill. Over time you learn to tell the difference pretty quickly but it takes alot of practice.

This book is incredibly helpful to learn the difference and is also a fascinating read to learn all about the various species of sea turtles in the tropical western atlantic.



Also attaching a useful turtle ID chart as a PDF.
 

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