Can Black Grouper Read??
Well, spring has certainly sprung and many of our migrating sea creatures are returning in large numbers. Sea turtle breeding/nesting season is approaching and we are seeing multiple species on each trip. Loggerhead and hawksbill sea turtles are the most common sightings lately and they seem to be everywhere you look. Every diver on board during the middle of March saw sea turtles during at least one of their two dives during a trip.
Atlantic bottlenose dolphin pods began showing up in mid-March as well. We aren’t seeing big groups yet but they are beginning to return. Sharks on the other hand, are also being seen on just about every dive. And as I always say, this is a very good thing. Just as you couldn’t expect to have a healthy garden without honey bees, you absolutely cannot have a healthy reef without sharks. Every shark sighting is an adrenaline pumping event. It really gets everyone’s attention and any sighting is sure to fill the first round, if not all of the conversation at the end of the dive.
And here’s the thing that I can’t seem to make sense of, can black grouper read? While I do not have scientific proof, and never will, I am convinced grouper can read. Stay with me now! I have a thought and maybe some of you have seen it too. As soon as black grouper season closes, the fish began to amass themselves on all of our deep dive sights, so many in fact that any old-timer would say there’s so many big grouper down there that you can’t even shake a stick at em’ all. They are actually like cockroaches, they’re everywhere and scurrying to get out of the way of our divers as they come through. And as has always happened before and I’m sure I’ll have my proof soon enough, when the season opens at the end of April, they will have all disappeared to deeper water, caves, the abyss, Davy Jones’ Locker, Panama or who knows where but they will not be where they are now. Now I have never seen a grouper with a Florida fishing regulation guide book but I can only believe they have it posted somewhere, after all grouper don’t have pockets.......
Current Weather Conditions
And now, back to something everyone likes to know about before hitting the water, weather and conditions. March stood up to its reputation this year, the wind blew with a vengeance. We should see our very last winter cold front by the beginning of April and though the temperatures have been in the low to mid 80’s, the wind has made getting to and from the dive sights a very bumpy and, for some, very adventurous ride. Water temperatures are creeping into the 80’s and visibility has been improving as long as the wind blows from any direction other than north. By early to mid April we will get our everyday afternoon showers and the return of our trade winds, a gentle and continuous breeze.
Instead of trying to win the bet of when the giant parking lot snow mountain will melt, you should just come on down here and jump straight into summer. I had a customer that was so fed up with the snow plow guy that she decided to stay an extra week in Key West. Now that’s what I call a great plan....
Stay safe and happy diving, we’ll see you on the water.
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