A Legacy Comes to an End
This month’s article is dedicated to a legacy, the Captain’s Corner Dive Vessel, Sea Eagle will be decommissioned this month. Serving more than 32 years as a dive boat operating between Key West and the Bahamas, this old aluminum boat has carried hundreds of thousands of divers, new dive students, instructors from all over the world, local college students and teachers conducting coral research operations, Mel Fisher Treasures’ prospective salvage divers, Timothy Dalton, in the “James Bond, License to Kill” 1989 action movie, and countless other private charter groups. We know all those that have had the pleasure or riding upon the high seas on this great vessel will miss her but with the passing of one legacy begins another.
Captain’ s Corner Dive Center and Scuba School will soon commission a new vessel worthy to be a “Sea Eagle” replacement however the name is yet to be decided.
We will continue to operate the Sea Eagle until the new vessel arrives and clears all required inspections. We expect this to be in April or May, so if you’d like one last trip on Sea Eagle, this is the last month to do it. Come on down, the water has been amazing, and believe it or not, we still don’t have any snow down here....
Dive conditions on the wrecks have been amazing, almost like summertime conditions. We have been seeing over 60-100 feet of visibility, mild to no currents, 74-78 degree water temps all the way down, and light to moderate winds and seas. In other words, it’s been a very nice, mild winter down here.
We continue to see more sharks which is a very good indication of happy reef and no, there have been no shark attacks, the first question most ask.... and we have seen more bait and game fish as a result, or maybe a cause, the old chicken before the egg metaphor scenario. We have seen sailfish on the reef along with large pods of dolphin rounding up baitfish.
My last few reef trips had divers arguing over who saw the most, rays, turtles, reef fish, and of course reef sharks. Just remember, as I always say, you never have to fear a shark until you hear that music, Du dum, du dum, dahhh dahh dahh...... In reality seeing one of the apex predators in its natural habitat is pure magic, nothing to be afraid of, and to many, a once-in a-lifetime event.
Stay safe and happy diving, we’ll see you on the water.
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