We have a lot of natural Florida underwater reefs & ledges. The following are a couple of dives sites in our area!
Site Name: Exxon Template
History: The Exxon was an experimental subsea template from offshore Louisiana to a permitted artificial reef site off Florida. It was deployed in 1979 and was the first drop of the "Rigs To Reefs" Projects. This deployment was sponsored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.The site has a max depth of 105'.
Site Name : Bryson Memorial Reef
Site Name : Yamaha
History : June 2001 Reef Addition Deployment
Site Name : Oar2K
Here are some pictures of the OAR2K deployment.
The Empire Mica was a British oil tanker, built in 1941 by Furness S.B. Company of Haverton Hill on Tees. She was 479' long, with a 61' beam, displacing 8,032 gross tons. The Mica was en route from Houston to England for the Anglo-American Oil Company Limited when two torpedoes from the U-67 ignited the 12,000 tons of oil she was carrying. The ship burned for a day as it drifted in the Gulf, finally sinking in 105' of water south of Cape San Blas, Florida. Thirty-three crewmen lost their lives in the attack.
The explosions did a great deal of damage to the Empire Mica. Most of the remaining structure forms a large debris field. However, part of the bow section is relatively intact and rises almost 60' off the bottom. The boilers, propeller shaft, and rudder make good landmarks on the wreck; her large screw was salvaged in 1981. The wreck site attracts abundant marine life including amberjack, barracuda, snapper, and grouper. It is one of the best wreck dives along the Florida panhandle.