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Divers across the globe have their eyes on the Jupiter coast for the next few months, as hundreds of goliath grouper -- some the size of golf carts and up to eight feet in length will make their way off the coast for mating season. This annual phenomenon, known as the Atlantic Goliath Grouper aggregation which provides divers with a one-of-a-kind experience right off the Jupiter coastline. The Goliath Grouper is the largest of the grouper species in the western hemisphere. The grouper can reach 8ft in length, weigh more than 1000 lbs and has a lifespan of 30-50 years. Their heads and fins have tiny dark spots, their sides irregular dark bars, their tail is rounded, and their eyes are small.

Every year, spawning aggregations of up to 100-150 Goliath

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The Andrew "Red" Harris Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2021 artificial reef project is progressing and the deployment of the first of five 500-ton barge loads of huge 8' long concrete culverts offshore of Jupiter Inlet. This year's project benefits from a donation of 2500 culverts valued at $450,000 to the Andrew "Red" Harris Foundation of Jupiter.

The trails will be built at an intensity of one 8' 18-24" inside diameter culvert per foot, so there will be huge habitat created on the trails as well!  The ocean current will quickly interact with the culverts and scour off the thin sand layer that covers the ancient sub bottom ridge of travertine-like bedrock our site is located on top of re-exposing the natural rock between our culverts

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There is a shallow dive trip that will not require a boat and was dubbed the best dive spot in the world by the Professional Association of Professional Divers in 2014! The site is located on Singer Island, just beneath the Blue Heron Bridge.  Singer Island is one of South Florida’s lesser-known beach getaways. 

Beneath the Blue Heron Bridge, you will encounter seahorses, octopi, and all varieties of colorful tropical marine life. The best part is you do not need your own boat.  You will not even need to book an expensive boat ride to dive it. If you have got diving or snorkeling gear, or if not, you can rent some from a nearby dive shop, you can walk right into the water at Phil Foster Park, and do the dive yourself at high tide. The max depth is

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Country music star Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes Reefs" organization’s first artificial reef deployment of a four 10,000 lb goliath reef balls about .5 miles off Delray Beach kicks off the development of a 32-acre underwater reef park in Palm Beach County.

No Shoes Reefs partnered with Palm Beach County Reefs, CCA Florida, Reef Ball Foundation, Sandoway Discovery Center, Building Conservation Trust and Global SubDive to deploy 130,000 pounds of goliath reef balls. Reefs matter for us and for the environment in countless ways. Artificial reefs are useful tools for restoring our reef systems to a natural and productive balance.

The reef site is located offshore just over 0.5 miles east of Delray Beach, Florida (26o 27.178/-80o 02.739). No Shoes Reefs 4

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What is it that makes the Palm Beaches a diver’s paradise? Palm Beach County's coastal waters consist of natural coral formations which are part of the Florida Reef Tract. The “FRT” is the third largest reef tract in the world as well as the continental United States' only living barrier coral reef.

“Palm Beach County reefs have the widest diversity and abundance of marine life with the clearest water, because this is the closest place in North America to the Gulf Stream current in the Atlantic Ocean,” scuba expert Jim Abernethy recently told ‘Discover the Palm Beaches'.

Five of the seven marine turtle species reside in our area, and the beaches represent North America's most popular nesting ground for both loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles.

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“Mini-Season”, the two day sport season that gives a chance for recreational divers in Florida to take home some fresh lobster before the commercial fisheries cash in, will take place on July 29th and 30th, 2020 this year.

The recreational bag limit during mini-season is 12 per person per day. This bag limit applies to possession limit as well- on and off the water- and lobster must be brought to shore in whole condition. Separating the tail from the body is prohibited in Florida state waters.

Harvested lobster must have a carapace larger than 3 inches, and must be measured in the water. The carapace is measure beginning at the forward edge between the rostral horns, excluding any soft tissue, and proceeding along the middle to the rear edge of the

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There are 1773 documented species that occupy tropical reefs worldwide, and South Florida has the most diverse population of fish in America, with 531 species to admire. To put this into perspective, Hawaii only has 332 different reef inhabitants. From angelfish and parrotfish to sea turtles and dolphins, here are a few exciting species to look for while you're snorkeling on a reef in Palm Beach.

 

Queen Angelfish

Queen Angelfish are quite possibly some of the most beautiful and iconic fish in the sea, and acquired their name from their “crowns”, a round black/blue spot on top of their heads. Angelfish are omnivores, eating mostly sponges and algae, and they usually live alone or in pairs, so it has been theorized that they are monogamous and

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Palm Beach County has one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world, so snorkeling and diving one of the 181 reef sites is a magical experience. On Singer Island, the reef at Ocean Reef Park is shallow and close enough to shore to be a great spot for beginners and non-Florida natives. Since 700 feet of the beach is also protected by lifeguards, no dive flag is necessary as long as you swim in the guarded area between the buoy and shore.

At low tide, you can see the reef protruding from the ocean, and at high tide, waves crash on the shoreline rocks to explode into a natural splash fountain.

A beach wheelchair is available for use, as well as picnic areas with grills, a playground, restroom facilities, and an outdoor shower. Parking is

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On Friday, December 13th, Pura Vida Divers is spreading holiday cheer SCUBA style. The premiere dive shop on Singer Island welcomes you to mingle with the dive community, eat good food, and have the chance to win some exciting raffle prizes.

Each person who shows up will receive a raffle ticket, and you can earn extra raffle tickets by donating Toys For Tots! Prizes include a Year of FREE Dive Charters, an Atomic BC 2, an Oceanic Veo 2.0 Dive Computer, a 5,000 Cubic Foot Fill Card, and so much more!

Will you join the fun? RSVP here: info.pvd@puravidadivers.com or 561-840-8750. Check out pics from last year’s party here.

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Known as one of the prettiest fish on a Florida reef, parrotfish have vibrant patterned scales of green, blue, purple, yellow, and red. If you’re diving on one of our local natural or artificial reefs, you’re bound to see a few of these gentle beauties grazing on the bottom.

While being beautiful should be reason enough not to bring a parrotfish home for dinner, many people bring home parrotfish to keep in their aquarium for this same reason. However, there are many reasons we must leave this gorgeous grazer in the ocean!

Parrotfish spend up to 90% of their day eating algae and dead coral- basically cleaning the reef! This is so important, because without their help, reefs would be smothered by growth and die.

To top it off, after eating all of

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