PuraVida Divers was out counting sharks for Shark Savers SharkCount program with Samantha Whitcraft during today’s dives on the Princess Anne wreck and our newest dive site — the Danny McCauley Memorial reef.
The SharksCount program seeks to close an important data gap by enabling divers to act as “citizen scientists for sharks.” Over time, these sightings will provide essential information about local shark population trends with the potential of improving protections for sharks.
Temperatures top side were not of the warm kind we are used to in sunny south Florida, but underwater things more than made up for it. Water temperatures were in the mid seventies with over 100ft of visibility!
Upon our descend, we quickly came across a curious female loggerhead turtle who approached the first divers down. Exploring the wreck we encountered numerous marine life and in the mix were two bull sharks. A great start to the day’s SharkCount program.
For our second dive we headed north of the inlet to our newest dive site — the Danny McCauley Memorial reef. This new wreck is already attracting some life after only being down for just over a week. Schools of fish were circling the wreck, a loggerhead turtle was cruising along the sand near the wreck, and a couple of goliath groupers were investigating the wreck’s structure.
Traveling north from the wreck we zig zagged across Atlantis. Here we came across numerous goliath groupers and a Caribbean reef shark. We finished our dive on the Spud Barge with numerous goliath groupers including a very friendly and curious little guy within the breathtaking inner structure of the Spud Barge.