Dad came down to visit me for my birthday last week. Luckily I had a few slower days at work, so I was able to get on the boat for a few days of diving. I was able to get 4 dives in at Alligator Reef.
The Reef Was Full Of Life
The seas were pretty flat most of the week, with just a very light chop. Visibility was good, but there was a good amount of silt in the water. There was a lot of life on the reef as usual, including tons of Parrotfish, Grunts, Sergeant majors, Barracuda, and a Green moray eel.
There is a huge bait ball on Alligator Reef that was there as usual. I tried to get a video of a swim through of the bait ball, but I jumped in the water for the first dive with an almost dead battery in my camera, so the video function wouldn’t work.
The Jellies Are Here
Jellyfish season is definitely upon us now. When we got back to the mooring after the second dive there was a huge swarm of moon jellyfish around the boat. We had to wait on the bottom for clearing, surface one at a time, and then get up the ladder as fast as possible.
I was diving in just a bathing suit and rash guard, as I usually do this time of year, so it would have been a nightmare swimming into that swarm. I almost debated taking my fins off on the bottom and using my inflator to rocket myself up to the ladder. Alligator Reef is only about 20 feet deep.
Here is one of the clips that I shot during the second dive. Enjoy! I’ll be posting more to facebook over the next few days.