Yesterday I loaded up the kayak and went looking for the wreck I saw from the air. At first I didn’t think I’d find it, but after I got out to the wrong buoys, I saw the right one. It was a big wrecked sailboat.
After that I paddled out to the inside of the reef, very close to the wrecks at Wreck of The Ten Sail, the site where a sailing fleet wrecked a couple hundred years ago. The wreck you see here is NOT from those sailing ships.
It was a great day!
Today is the last day of my vacation, tomorrow it’s back to work. 🙁
Baby Squid. as big as my thumb, hovering in mid water, I wasn’t sure I’d get good focus.
I call this piece of coral The Pinnacle. I have been swimming out to check it out as long as I have lived here.
These are artificial reef balls. Shaped like a gumdrop. Not much seems to be growing on them though.
I took these yesterday, the first four pics took about 4 hours, the rest of the pics took place in less than half an hour. She went down very fast once the gunwales went under.
Pic from Wikipedia
The USS Kittiwake is scheduled to be sunk here today as an artificial reef. She served the US Navy from 1945 to 1994. I am sure many people love this ship, and it is kind of sad that this morning is her last day in the air. Ships are alive. I often think of my first ship from the Navy, the USS Somers. On the other hand, it is a good thing Kittiwake will be a reef, anyone can come and visit her, any time. Kittiwake will still see the day and night. The Somers was sunk as in 2800 fathoms of water. As a target. But she wouldn’t sink. The US Navy couldn’t sink her with its weapons, and after they gave up, they had to put people on board to sink her with explosives. So the Somers is down there in the dark and cold, and I don’t like thinking about it. The Kittiwake has a much nicer fate, and anything is better than the scrapyard.
Read about the history of the Kittiwake HERE.
I took these pics of The Kittiwake off Seven Mile Beach yesterday, Jan 04, 2011.