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  • 17 # Date: 2012-07-29 - 10:11
  • # Max Depth: 25.9m Duration: 42mins
Diver's Notes

Back on the Spike today. I absolutely love this dive. The Brass spike had it all. Very cool mystery wreck, treasure hunting for spikes and other items, incredible wildlife including sharks to photograph, Large Lobsters that you can catch, great visibility, and the list can go on and on. This dive was a special one. We saw our first shark!! It was a 4-5 foot Angel Shark found just off the stern of the wreck. At first I thought I found the worlds largest flounder as they rest on the bottom and are sand colored like a flounder. It was amazing. We searched all over for spikes but I again came up empty handed. The Trigger Fish and the Tautog were enormous today. Trips like this make me look forward to trying out spearfishing. We had about 30 foot visibility. Descended through a large layer of jelly fish to arrive at the bottom with about 63 degree bottom temp. We also spotted a very large Bangor Eel which was another new species for us. We will continue to come to this wreck as often as possible. I would recommend this one to everyone.

Dive Profile
Dive Location

  • Temp: Surf 32°C Bottom 15°C
  • Dive type : Recreational, Wreck, Photo, Brass Spike Hunt
  • Visibility: Average Water: Salt
Specific gear used
  • BCD: Scubapro - Knighthawk
  • Regulator: Scubapro - Mk25/A700
  • Mask: Scubapro - Scout
  • Wet suit: Oneill - J-type 7mm
  • Fins: Scubapro - Seawing Nova
  • Computer: Subgear - XP10
  • Boots: Aqualung - Polarzip 6.5mm
  • Weights: 9.1 kg
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Dive Profile

  • 1. Air
  • 11L Steel     207 → 41 bar
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  • Average depth: 17m
  • SAC: 1.46 bar/min
  • RMV: 16.644 L/min
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Species Identified

Balistes capriscus Gmelin, 1789 (gray triggerfish)
Squatina oculata Bonaparte, 1840 (Smoothback angel shark) Found on sand and mud bottom of continental shelves and upper slopes . Mostly between 50 and 100 m but deeper in the tropics . Feeds on small fishes . Ovoviviparous . Utilized fresh and dried salted for human consumption; liver oil and hide also used .
Chaetodipterus faber (Broussonet, 1782) (Atlantic spadefish) Abundant in shallow coastal waters, from mangroves and sandy beaches to wrecks and harbors. Juveniles are common in estuaries and often found in very shallow water swimming at an angle resembling dead leaves or as infert...
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Bothus podas (Delaroche, 1809) (Flounder) Found in shallow waters, over sandy and muddy bottoms of the continental plateau . Feeds on benthic small fishes and invertebrates. Reproduction occurs between May and August. Small individuals adapt well in aquariums but require sufficient bottom areas .
Tautoga onitis (Linnaeus, 1758) (Black-fish) Found close to shore on hard-bottom habitats, occasionally entering brackish water. Adult male territorial and active during the day to feed and rests in crevices at night. Prefers temperatures above 10°C. Spawning was ...
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Batrachoides waltersi Collette & Russo, 1981 (Toadfish)

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