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)
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Creole Rock in Grand Case
Tintamarre anchorage St. Martin seen from the anchorage at Ile Tintamarre
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Tintamarre anchorage
Spade Jacks A school of Spade Jacks accompanying me on the way down to the wreck.
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Spade Jacks
Jacks on the wreck Jacks hovering on top of the tugboat wreck.
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Jacks on the wreck
Bluestriped Grunts and fry Bluestriped grunts in the old pilothouse of the sunken tugboat amongst small fry.
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Bluestriped Grunts and fry
Tugboat wreck fishlife Tugboat wreck fishlife
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Tugboat wreck fishlife
Bluestriped Grunts in the shadows Bluestriped Grunts in the shade given by the old pilothouse of the tugboat wreck.
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Bluestriped Grunts in the shadows
School of small fry in the wreck The small fry uses the protection of the old wreck pilothouse.
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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).
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Tugboat wreck topsides
Juvenile rainbow parrotfish A juvenile rainbow parrotfish over the tugboat.
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Juvenile rainbow parrotfish
Rainbow Jacks over the tugboat Rainbow Jacks swimming over the old tugboat wreck.
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Rainbow Jacks over the tugboat
Tugboat wreck getting growth Slowly but surely the sea is covering the wreck and making it her own.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Fauna using the old tugboat wreck
Sergeant Majors on the wreck A school of Sergeant Majors swimming around the tugboat decks.
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Sergeant Majors on the wreck
Tugboat wreck Tugboat wreck
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Tugboat wreck
Bluestriped Jacks in a school Bluestriped Jacks in a school
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Bluestriped Jacks in a school
Porcupinefish A very shy porcupinefish which only ventured out of the wreck when I was elsewhere.
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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.
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Porcupinefish leaving wreck
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