Blue Turtle Cruising

Looe Key, July 5 – 6, 2014

On Saturday morning, July 5th, we left Key West and headed for Looe Key. Looe Key is a National Marine Sanctuary located 5 nautical miles off of Big Pine Key. The last time I was here was back in the 1990’s with my parents. At the time I was only snorkeling while they dove the reef, but it was so beautiful that it was then that I decided to get certified to dive. I was very happy to get a chance to dive the reef with Randy and Corey. From Key West, we headed straight to reef for a single dive before heading into Newfound Harbor Channel to anchor for the night. The next morning, we were up early and headed back out to the reef for our second dive (we only brought 2 tanks each). Both dives were awesome, lots of great structure, reef and fish. We met Melvin, who is a 400lb Goliath Grouper who was super friendly and curious about us. I saw a reef shark on the first dive and an eagle ray on the second. Other than some technical difficulties with my mask, we all had great dives. After our second dive on Sunday, we headed toward Marathon to check into our marina. On the way there, Corey got to do some “trawler surfing”. Once at Marathon Marina, I started the laundry and Randy cleaned up the boat. Later than evening, we treated ourselves to dinner at Lazy Days, the restaurant at the marina.

So long Key West!
So long Key West!
Randy and Corey getting geared up for diving
Randy and Corey getting geared up for diving
Corey and Randy ready to dive!
Corey and Randy ready to dive!
Beautiful sea fan
Beautiful sea fan
Great structure for coral
Great structure for coral
Another sea fan
Another sea fan
Scuba selfie
Scuba selfie
A blue parrot fish
A blue parrot fish
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Queen Angelfish
Corey and Randy emerge from the water after the 1st dive
Corey and Randy emerge from the water after the 1st dive
Our boat and dinghy from below
Our boat and dinghy from below
A grey angelfish
A grey angelfish
"Melvin" the 400lb Goliath Grouper
“Melvin” the 400lb Goliath Grouper
Melvin says "hi"
Melvin says “hi”

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Corey goes trawler surfing on our way to Marathon
Corey goes trawler surfing on our way to Marathon

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