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Bill Jones Houston Divers Do the Flower Gardens
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Freeport, Texas.  The Scuba Guy and thirty other Houston area divers sampled diving at the Flower Gardens from a dive site located about 115 miles south of the Houston Bay Area coastline.  The M/V Fling was loaded with divers from the Clear Lake area in March to make seven fabulous recreational dives in almost current-less water.  Visibility was running 75 feet.

Divers saw sharks, turtles, large schools of Barracudas, Groupers, eels, manta rays, and lobsters on this annual Hammerhead Shark trip.  Water temperatures ranged from 67 to 71 degrees with divers using everything from 3mm-wetsuits to drysuits.

Divers were treated to the sights of the automated Mobil Oil Rig HI-A-389a.  Built in the late 70ís, the high-tech rig has been under the Flower Gardens Sanctuary rules since 1992 when President Bush ordered the site to be protected by the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act.  Large Orange-spotted Filefish, Angelfish, Groupers, and Barracudas seemed to dominate the rigís huge legs.  This rig is clearly a home to plenty of large species that will delight all of its diving visitors.

Divers worked on their PADI Boat Diver, Night Diver, and Deep Diver certifications while having a fun and exciting weekend vacation.  If you have never been on a dive trip with The Scuba Guy, youíve missed being with a group of people that know how to have a great time.

The Flower Gardens are the northernmost living coral reefs on the continental shelf of the United States.  The reefs are on top of underwater salt domes in the Gulf of Mexico.  Their formation began about 165 million years ago.

Editor Note:  Bill Jones, The Scuba Guy, is a PADI Master Instructor and a Published and Award-Winning Writer

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