ADA eNews: Key Largo Post-Irma Reef Report
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Reef Report: September 23rd
Key Largo with Rainbow Reef Dive Center

Dive 1: Molasses, Fire Coral Cave. Seas <1', depth 30', vis 35', water temp 85 degrees, no current. Sightings include two nurse sharks, large Southern Stingray, green and spotted moray eels, schooling juvenile creole wrasses, schooling juvenile, butterfly fish, cudas, Hurricane damage seems to be sand washed to shallower water exposing coral rocks, some mound corals uprooted, sponges and sea fans missing. Fish populations appear about normal.

Dive 2 Molasses, Winch Hole. Seas <1', depth 30', vis 35', water temp 85 degrees, slight current. Sightings include golden eel, jack, spiral anemone with cleaner shrimp, schooling sergeant majors, cuda, schooling snappers, jack knife fish, queen and french angels, marine egg sac. Hurricane damage similar to dive 1 with wench moved north a few feet, train wheel moved, exposed more anchor chain and train wreckage. Overall, the damage is less than expected considering the wave height in that area during the storm (reported to have been 25'). Mother nature has rearranged the reef and it will be interesting to see how she rebuilds it. Stay tuned, we will update progress as we return and dive this same area in the future.

-- ADA President and Safety Officer Lon Von Lintel
Side-by-side comparison of the Winch at Molasses reef in Key Largo pre- vs. post-Hurricane Irma. Photos by ADA member Rachel Davis.
Join us for our End of Season event Oct. 14th!
A good time will be had by all ADA members at our End of Season BBQ picnic.
On Saturday, October 14th, 2017, all ADA members, prospective members, family and friends are invited to our annual End of Season BBQ & Beach dive event held at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (formerly known as John U. Lloyd Beach State Park), Jetty Pavillion, 6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 1.5 miles north of Sheridan St. on A1A

The park opens at 8:00 AM. Meet for beach dive at 9:00 AM, BBQ at noon. This event is FREE to all ADA members, but you must RSVP to Lon at 305-251-4975 by October 5th to attend. Non-ADA members and non-family members may attend but will be asked to contribute $10 for the BBQ. You must be present and RSVP to win raffle prizes.

Don't forget to bring your gently-used dive gear for sale or swap! Click here for more details on this event.
Prices have dropped! Only $299 for the 2017 ADA Dive Cruise!
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We're getting back to diving!

It's not over yet! There are some great dives left on the 2017 ADA Dive Schedule.

Join us for these upcoming dives:

Oct. 1st PM
Duane Wreck
Oct. 7th AM
Spiegel Grove
Oct. 14th PM
End of Season BBQ Event
M.J. State Park
Oct. 21st PM
Eagle Wreck
Oct. 29th PM
Ft. Lauderdale Wreck Trek
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