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AUE Weekend Trip Report, June 25-26
HYDRO ATLANTIC and QUEEN OF NASSAU

Great dive on the HYDRO.  She is really starting to break up, as I observed lots of new portions that have collapsed since our last visit.  Large sections of duct work have dropped in the engine room.  The wreck is still as colorful as always, as she will continue to be a wonderful dive.  Not sure how much longer I will venture into the ship though....

 
(l) starboard side crane on the HYDRO; (r) continued collapse inside the HYDRO. 


(l) port side view of the wheelhouse; (r) starboard side view of the wheelhouse.

We had typical conditions on the QUEEN OF NASSAU - clear water down to about 130 feet and then milky water with about 10-15 feet of visibility on the bottom.
The dive was marked with observations of numerous sharks.  On the bottom near the spare screws on the starboard side, we ran across a very large (~10-11 feet) sawfish (Pristis pectinata). Just as I was about to take his picture he decided to move on.  He departed us with a massive cloud of sediment that engulfed us.  As we rose to get out of the shit, I was suddenly confronted by the working end of the saw fish, which must have turned around for a second look.  All the guys got a chuckle when they heard my helium-induced "WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" as the critter lumbered right past me.


(l) ram bow of the QON; (r) remains of the flying bridge.


(l) stern port side capstan in place of the CANADA's deck gun; (r) spare screw in the sand.


(l) crappy view of a large sawfish off the wreck; (r) an uneventful deco, until....


(l) our grey-suited friends arrived.  Several scalloped hammerheads also made an appearance; (r) Pizzio remains on guard.


(l) a rat cruises past Joe; (r)
watching these three-foot monsters made deco pass quickly.