April so far

We're only in the second week of April, but so far the diving that we've done this month has been pretty amazing. Most of our diving days the visibility was top to bottom and ranged anywhere from 50 to 80ft horizontally. It's been beautiful! I can't wait to see what the rest of the month has to offer.

There've been some really calm days so far this month, and even though we'll probably get some rough days here and there as well like we do every year, the lake like summer conditions are just around the corner. And with that warmer water as well. The water temperature has started to go up some and right now it's bouncing between 73 and 76 on our dives off of Jupiter. Some divers are already jumping in without wetsuits, So brave! It normally makes me question if they've lost their minds, haha. How is it possible that they stay warm enough down there?! Unfortunately, diving here without a wetsuit is never gonna happen for me. I'm one of those that's always cold. Makes me so jealous, really wish I could jump in without all that neoprene. But hey, you got to do what you got to do... At least I'll be able to switch to a thinner suit soon. 

The marine life that we're seeing while underwater right now has been incredible. There's so much action underwater and with the water being so clear it's sometimes hard to pick and chose what you want to look at. Sharks on the left while a turtle swims by on the right and if you'd had time to look under the ledge, you would've seen a big green moray there as well. And don't forget about the stingray that's hiding in the sand.

I've been having a lot of fun with some of the turtles. We've been seeing a lot of the smaller hawksbills that absolutely don't care about having divers around. They'll swim right next to you and are just as curious to check you out as you are checking them out. When interacting with a turtle and seeing how they check us out, puts a big smile on my face, they're just so stinkin' cute. The number of green turtles seems to grow some as well and I think that it'll be in the very near future that we'll see the larger numbers of Loggerheads again too. But not just turtles, other things that we've been seeing are a lot of are large nurse sharks, of course our usual reef sharks, and stingrays. I saw a beautiful tiger shark not too long ago but haven't seen any hammerheads yet, so I'm looking forward to running into some of them again soon. Fingers crossed!

Something else that we're seeing right now are all of these big schools of fish.  There are large schools of spadefish everywhere what always makes me happy since they're one of my favorite fish. It's amazing to swim along the ledge while being completely surrounded by hundreds of spadefish. And not just spadefish, we're also seeing large schools of barracudas, jacks, creole wrasses, Bermuda chubs and many others. Diving is great right now. You're just gonna have to come out and see it for yourself!

Happy diving!

- Anne

Anne Hill