After several years of wanting to dive the wreck of the ࢬChikuzenࢭ but never having the right weather or enough people to make a dive group, we finally dove this site today with Dive BVI out of Leverick Bay and got to see some of the wildlife in and around the wreck.
We'd anchored off Saba so had to motor over to Leverick in order to get a mooring ball for the day and make it to the dive boat by 08:00; I hadn't put together my underwater camera yet so woke up a 06:00 in order to get that done, only to find that I was missing a cable for the underwater flash so I ended up setting the camera to a high ISO setting and dispensing with the flash for the next couple of dives. We started off early, but had to pick up people from a boat at the Bitter End and also at Spanish Town. Out at the sea the swell was picking up but still acceptable for a dive - but when we got to the (yellow, commercial) mooring ball there was a charter Catamaran on it who refused to vacate, at least until the captain said that he'd take pictures, report the boat and operators to the authorities and be subject to a fine; whereupon they left with very ill grace indeed.
The dive was a beautiful one and some of the pictures turned out quite well. The swell had picked up after we resurfaced, so the second dive was at a site called ࢬProject Ocean Surveyࢭ off Cockroach Island in the Dog Island group off Virgin Gorda and that had some nice scenery to see as well.
The two dives exhausted us, so we had a big dinner aboard the boat with Rob cooking and mastering the BBQ while Nat made salad and I was a mere spectator.

School of smallmouth grunt Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:18:24 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 800 Focus 0.32m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
School of smallmouth grunt
Smallmouth grunt at the Chikuzen Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:14:02 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.8, 1/30s] ISO 800 Focus 0.32m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Smallmouth grunt at the Chikuzen
Lionfish and smallmouth grunt The lionfish is an invasive Pacific species but nonetheless pretty. Taken while diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:15:18 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 800 Focus 0.30m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Lionfish and smallmouth grunt
Lionfish at the Chikuzen Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:15:23 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 800 Focus 0.30m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Lionfish at the Chikuzen
School of smallmouth grunt at the Chikuzen Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:18:33 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 800 Focus 0.32m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
School of smallmouth grunt at the Chikuzen
Diving along the wreck of the Chikuzen Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:17:45 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 800 Focus 0.32m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Diving along the wreck of the Chikuzen
Inquisitive Black Jack This Black Jack was uncharacteristically inquisitive and stayed around for a bit while we were diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:19:20 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 800 Focus 0.32m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Inquisitive Black Jack
Snapper at the Chikuzen Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:23:24 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 800 Focus 0.32m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Snapper at the Chikuzen
Coral Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:24:19 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 800 Focus 0.24m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Coral
Dog snappers at the wreck Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:27:18 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/7.1, 1/160s] ISO 800 Focus 0.32m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Dog snappers at the wreck
Chikuzen Dog Snapper Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:27:19 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 800 Focus 0.35m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Chikuzen Dog Snapper
Fish at the Chikuzen Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:30:38 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 800 Focus 0.32m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Fish at the Chikuzen
Fire worm Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:32:40 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 800 Focus 0.24m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Fire worm
Peeking along the Chikuzen wreck Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:35:16 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 800 Focus 0.32m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Peeking along the Chikuzen wreck
Wreck of the Chikuzen Diving on the wreck of the 75m long refrigeration boat "Chikuzen", sunk in 1981 between Anegada and the BVI in about 80 feet of water. She is the only landmark in a large area of sand and is therefore a magnet for fish.
(2012-01-12 15:36:49 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 800 Focus 0.35m)
[18°37'54.95"N 64°30'42.18"W ]
Wreck of the Chikuzen
Rob and Arnd descending The POS dive site stands for Project Ocean Survey and is off Cockroach Island by the Dogs Islands off Virgin Gorda.
(2012-01-12 16:44:18 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.8, 1/1000s] ISO 800 Focus 0.28m)
[18°29'39.7"N 64°27'50.77"W ]
Rob and Arnd descending
Yellowtail snapper The POS dive site stands for Project Ocean Survey and is off Cockroach Island by the Dogs Islands off Virgin Gorda.
(2012-01-12 16:48:45 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.8, 1/500s] ISO 800 Focus 0.30m)
[18°29'39.7"N 64°27'50.77"W ]
Yellowtail snapper
Lobster hiding underneath an overhang The POS dive site stands for Project Ocean Survey and is off Cockroach Island by the Dogs Islands off Virgin Gorda.
(2012-01-12 16:49:31 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.8, 1/320s] ISO 800 Focus 0.28m)
[18°29'39.7"N 64°27'50.77"W ]
Lobster hiding underneath an overhang
Schoolmaster Snapper The POS dive site stands for Project Ocean Survey and is off Cockroach Island by the Dogs Islands off Virgin Gorda.
(2012-01-12 16:53:01 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.8, 1/200s] ISO 800 Focus 0.30m)
[18°29'39.7"N 64°27'50.77"W ]
Schoolmaster Snapper
Spotted Burrfish The POS dive site stands for Project Ocean Survey and is off Cockroach Island by the Dogs Islands off Virgin Gorda.
(2012-01-12 16:53:39 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.8, 1/500s] ISO 800 Focus 0.32m)
[18°29'39.7"N 64°27'50.77"W ]
Spotted Burrfish
Healthy plant life The POS dive site stands for Project Ocean Survey and is off Cockroach Island by the Dogs Islands off Virgin Gorda.
(2012-01-12 17:00:00 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.8, 1/400s] ISO 800 Focus 0.28m)
[18°29'39.7"N 64°27'50.77"W ]
Healthy plant life
French Angelfish The POS dive site stands for Project Ocean Survey and is off Cockroach Island by the Dogs Islands off Virgin Gorda.
(2012-01-12 17:04:15 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.8, 1/320s] ISO 800 Focus 0.30m)
[18°29'39.7"N 64°27'50.77"W ]
French Angelfish
Fish along the reef at POS The POS dive site stands for Project Ocean Survey and is off Cockroach Island by the Dogs Islands off Virgin Gorda.
(2012-01-12 17:14:34 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.8, 1/800s] ISO 800 Focus 0.35m)
[18°29'39.7"N 64°27'50.77"W ]
Fish along the reef at POS
Angelfish at POS The Angelfish has been showing up at more dive sites in the BVI in the past 2 years, it is an invasive species, aggresive without any natural predators. The POS dive site stands for Project Ocean Survey and is off Cockroach Island by the Dogs Islands off Virgin Gorda.
(2012-01-12 17:23:43 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.8, 1/1000s] ISO 800 Focus 0.27m)
[18°29'39.7"N 64°27'50.77"W ]
Angelfish at POS
Air bubbles at depth The POS dive site stands for Project Ocean Survey and is off Cockroach Island by the Dogs Islands off Virgin Gorda.
(2012-01-12 17:26:32 NIKON D7000 with a "10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5" lens. [f/3.8, 1/800s] ISO 800 Focus 0.27m)
[18°29'39.7"N 64°27'50.77"W ]
Air bubbles at depth
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