Contrary to what some
believe San Carlos
is surrounded by an amazingly large number of dive sites. Names like La Cueva
and Window Rock bring to mind images of deep canyons combined with soaring
pinnacles and magnificent underwater arches.
Many of these are local
sites and readily accessible but some are so exposed to wind and current that
they’re virtually ignored. Recently we decided to visit such a site located just
south of Deer Island. What appears as a small singular
rocky out cropping is actually the exposed crest of a large underwater reef.
You won’t find this site described in area dive guides and to our knowledge it’s
Eager to see what’s below we
wait patiently while Captain Ernesto maneuvers the Ocean Spirit in close.
Descending we enter a huge fissure which splits the reef from top to bottom.
The sides are solid rock and form a long narrow underwater corridor covered
with brilliant multicolored tube worms, sponges and anemones. We follow this
dimly lit passage until it opens onto a sunlit vista of large boulders and sand
at a depth of over 60’. Brilliant purple sea stars mingle with Gulf sun stars, spiny
Pink murex and a variety of tropical fishes. Returning we encounter large
schools of really big Bulls Eye puffers (not to be confused with porcupine
fish) which can puff up to near basketball size when threatened. Although
poisonous they are “rumored” to be good eating but only after careful
preparation by an experienced cook. Ascending we vow to return one day soon and
explore this jewel more completely. This
Conditions in the sea remain
largely unchanged from last week. Water
temps are a consistent 60 degrees +/- depending on location and depth. Visibility
is better than average and should continue to improve barring heavy weather.