I started the day slowly with a comfortable breakfast and some reading, then took off for Île Tintamarre and expected to motor but the winds good so I ended up sailing and tacking upwind to get there with average speeds of 7 knots and once there I found a mooring ball but it was close in so I was afraid of shallow water but after circling the mooring field and coming up empty I went ahead and grabbed (I still had 1 foot under the keel, so it was OK). I set up my dive gear and dinghied around the corner to the mooring ball attached to the wreck of an old tugboat and had a nice dive at the site and took many pictures. Afterwards I had to motor back to Grand Case as the winds had died to below 5 knots and at sunset the waters in the anchorage were unusually flat and mirrorlike.

Ikelite underwater housing The Ikelite housing opened up and the camera removed (to take this picture)
(2012-02-12 14:05:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/60s] ISO 125 Focus 1.12m)
Ikelite underwater housing
Creole Rock in Grand Case Creole Rock seen from the sea side (north)
(2012-02-12 16:11:51 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/40s] ISO 100 Focus 15.00m)
[18°7'10.73"N 63°3'25.49"W (facing S)]
Creole Rock in Grand Case
Tintamarre anchorage St. Martin seen from the anchorage at Ile Tintamarre
(2012-02-12 14:06:31 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/10.0, 1/500s] ISO 400 Focus 10.60m)
[18°6'57.29"N 62°59'20.69"W (facing W)]
Tintamarre anchorage
Spade Jacks A school of Spade Jacks accompanying me on the way down to the wreck.
(2012-02-12 12:58:56 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.0, 1/640s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Spade Jacks
Jacks on the wreck Jacks hovering on top of the tugboat wreck.
(2012-02-12 13:01:16 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/320s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Jacks on the wreck
Bluestriped Grunts and fry Bluestriped grunts in the old pilothouse of the sunken tugboat amongst small fry.
(2012-02-12 13:01:58 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Bluestriped Grunts and fry
Tugboat wreck fishlife Tugboat wreck fishlife
(2012-02-12 13:34:00 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/80s] ISO 125 Focus 0.32m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Tugboat wreck fishlife
Bluestriped Grunts in the shadows Bluestriped Grunts in the shade given by the old pilothouse of the tugboat wreck.
(2012-02-12 13:02:06 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Bluestriped Grunts in the shadows
School of small fry in the wreck The small fry uses the protection of the old wreck pilothouse.
(2012-02-12 13:03:32 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
School of small fry in the wreck
Tugboat wreck topsides This was one of the few pictures that I took with a flash on this dive, and it is clear how many more colors do come out when using white light at this depth (60 feet).
(2012-02-12 13:04:44 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Tugboat wreck topsides
Juvenile rainbow parrotfish A juvenile rainbow parrotfish over the tugboat.
(2012-02-12 13:05:32 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Juvenile rainbow parrotfish
Rainbow Jacks over the tugboat Rainbow Jacks swimming over the old tugboat wreck.
(2012-02-12 13:09:25 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Rainbow Jacks over the tugboat
Tugboat wreck getting growth Slowly but surely the sea is covering the wreck and making it her own.
(2012-02-12 13:15:25 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/3.5, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Tugboat wreck getting growth
Porcupinefish hiding in the wreck This shy porcupinefish waited in the shadows of the cabin until the coast outside was clear of divers such as myself.
(2012-02-12 13:33:17 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/80s] ISO 125 Focus 0.32m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Porcupinefish hiding in the wreck
Spotted Goatfish A spotted goatfish on the wreck. All the colors in this picture come out because it was one of the few I took with a flash.
(2012-02-12 13:20:42 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/80s] ISO 125 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Spotted Goatfish
Fauna using the old tugboat wreck All sorts of fish and wildlife use the artificial reef that this sunken tugboat represents for a home.
(2012-02-12 13:23:25 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/80s] ISO 125 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Fauna using the old tugboat wreck
Sergeant Majors on the wreck A school of Sergeant Majors swimming around the tugboat decks.
(2012-02-12 13:24:14 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/80s] ISO 125 Focus 0.32m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Sergeant Majors on the wreck
Tugboat wreck Tugboat wreck
(2012-02-12 13:25:47 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/80s] ISO 125 Focus 0.32m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Tugboat wreck
Bluestriped Jacks in a school Bluestriped Jacks in a school
(2012-02-12 13:26:07 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/80s] ISO 125 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Bluestriped Jacks in a school
Porcupinefish A very shy porcupinefish which only ventured out of the wreck when I was elsewhere.
(2012-02-12 13:32:41 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 125 Focus 0.32m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Porcupinefish
Porcupinefish leaving wreck This very shy porcupinefish hovered inside the doorway into which it is about to scurry again for ages while I hovered outside waiting to get a photo.
(2012-02-12 13:31:58 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 125 Focus 0.32m)
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Porcupinefish leaving wreck
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