2 Tank Full Moon Night Dive
Sharks come in the winter, then sea turtles in late spring and early summer. Now that summer is winding down, it’s time for something new.
Starting in August and peaking in September, the number of these grouper at dive sites throughout Palm Beach County swells as they gather to spawn. Typically, goliath grouper prefer to be solitary stay-at-homes. As spawning time approaches, however, they temporarily abandon solo life and gather in groups of fifty or more. That’s an ideal time for divers to get up close and personal with them.
Discover the difference a bit of darkness makes! Night diving is an exciting opportunity to literally see the ocean in a different light. Nocturnal animals rarely seen during the day are active, and some of your old favorites take on a new look.
What can you see at night? The short answer is a little bit of everything! At night, lobsters prowl the seafloor, coral polyps open to feed, and parrot fishes spin mucus sacs around themselves for protection as they sleep. Some of the larger marine animals frequently cruise through the water column offering attentive divers a quick glimpse.
Want to see an octopus? Most are nocturnal and the best time to see these intelligent creatures is at night as they hunt across the reefs and wrecks they call home.
Here’s an unexpected twist: in the dark, everything looks brighter. Think about it. Color absorption increases the deeper you dive and the further you get from your light source. On a night dive, light is as close as your flashlight. Sweep the beam across the reef and you’ll be amazed at the vibrant colors you see.
For a bit of magic, cover your light, then wave your hand and watch sparks of blue-green bioluminescence float around your fingertips courtesy of dinoflagellates in the water. These microscopic plankton play an enormous role in the ocean food chain.
In addition to exploring, underwater photography is a popular nighttime dive activity. Not only are there different critters to photograph, but the photos snapped at night display a dramatic black background that emphasizes the subject, too.
Advanced Open Water certification and Nitrox is recommended but not required, however experience diving in these conditions are a must!
September 13th at 7pm
Pura Vida Dive Charter