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Pics of the Coral Growth on the Wreck of the Rodeo 25 off Pompano Beach

Discussion in 'Florida' started by SFLDiver3445, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. SFLDiver3445

    SFLDiver3445 Photographer

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
    559
    25
    18
    On Monday, February 15th, I dusted off the dive gear and my underwater camera, and went out with a friend for a quick dive in Pompano to dive the Rodeo 25.

    We hooked the wreck on the first try, then geared up to see what was going on down below. The wreck sits in approx. 125' of water and is pretty twisted up, but this once 215' long freighter usually makes for a nice dive. The water temperature was approximately 71 degrees on the bottom and there was a nice current on the wreck.

    Immediately upon arriving on the wreck, we spotted two very large bull sharks off the starboard side, low to the sand and near the wreck. My buddy Jeff swam down towards them, in hopes of snapping a couple of shots of them, but I don't think they liked the bursting of his strobes too much. However, since Jeff and I were diving rebreathers, which as you know are pretty silent, the sharks did complete a couple of passes on him, but never got close enough for him to photograph them properly with the wide angle lens he was using.

    We had anchored mid-ship of the wreck, and did manage to make our way to the bow and back to the stern during out 45 minute dive, but we did have to work a bit, because the current was fairly strong - Let's just say, we spent a lot of time hiding in and behind the structure of the wreck to avoid the current.

    The visibility was nice, probably well in excell of 80+ feet, and the water had a nice blue color to it.

    This is a nice wreck to dive, and it appears to be getting even nicer every day. The one thing that stood out to me was the amount of cup corals growing on the wreck. We were fortunate that the current was flowing, because the orange and yellow arms of the coral were open, and flowing beautifully. I did manage to take a few pictures while down below, but haven't had the time to edit all of them yet. However, I did manage to get through a couple, which might give you an idea of just how beautiful the corals on this wreck are.

    Here's a picture of Jeff posing with his camera behind some beautiful corals:
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    And here's another shot of just the corals:
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    The entire ship is slowly being covered in similar coral, but it's difficult to see until you acutlly hit it with light, but as the picture shows, it's there!

    I've dove this wreck many times over the last couple of years, but I do not remember this heavy a concentration of growth on it. In my opinion, at this rate of growth, this wreck, much like the Hydro Atlantic which is also covered in this coral, will soon be one of the nicest dives in the area, especially for photographers!

    After completing our required decompression, we surfaced, had lunch and attempted to dive the Wreck of the Captain Dan. We attempted to hook the wreck a few separate times, without success, so we took it as a sign that it was not meant to be and terminated out attempts and called it a day. We had no regrets, because after seeing the large sharks and the beautiful colors on the Rodeo 25, we were more than satisfied with our diving adventures for the day!
     
  2. crd_kats

    crd_kats ... :) ... ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SE, FL
    1,885
    50
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    Very nice. Thanks for sharing and I agree a cool wreck to dive. Did he get anything on the bullsharks? Would like to see it even it it's more shadows than not.
     
  3. SFLDiver3445

    SFLDiver3445 Photographer

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
    559
    25
    18
    I don't think Jeff has edited his shots yet, but once he does, I'll ask him to send them to me and I'll post them on this thread.

    Thanks and glad you enjoyed the thread and pics!
     
  4. soamelt

    soamelt Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Boca Raton, FL
    742
    13
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    Nice report and shots! Look forward to seeing some more!
     
  5. djtimmy77

    djtimmy77 Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: RPB, FL
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    1,479
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    Is this the one that the deck is tilted? If so we dove it last summer (with ripping current as well) and my dive buddies took some photos with lots of cup corals as you saw.
     
  6. SFLDiver3445

    SFLDiver3445 Photographer

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
    559
    25
    18
    Yes, the mid-section is somewhat calapsed and the bow section is a bit elevated and twisted to the starboard side, so the deck portion approaching and at the bow is extremely sloped.
     
  7. djtimmy77

    djtimmy77 Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: RPB, FL
    1,809
    1,479
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    I remember that I was hovering above the deck after the descent waiting on my buddy to set up her camera (extend the arms and what not), and the slope was messing with my head. We then tried to swim around the wheelhouse and she was having a really hard time with it so we spent the rest of the time shielded from the current. Maybe we'll get back out there again this summer.
     

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