La Francesa, Cozumel, Mexico

December 12, 2016 | 10:56
Almost exactly 14 years ago I became Scuba certified in Cozumel and have been fortunate to dive there a number of times since. A typical strong current propelled us through the double reef at the top of Paso del Cedral Wall. Constant supervision from the larger residents of the reef is not typical and was a real treat! After descending we were greeted by several nurse sharks and a pair of large groupers. They handed off the escort to some turtles that were far more interested in munching on coral than being our tour guide. A huge green moray was out prowling the reef for some lunch also. As the moray swam away another nurse shark appeared on the right reef and a spotted eagle ray on the left reef. Preparing to ascend for our safety stop we found a nurse shark taking shelter from the current behind a large coral outcropping. Throughout the dive were gorgeous sponges and coral. As witness to changes that have occurred on Cozumel's reefs over the years, dives like this are encouraging for the future!
Dive Type
Scuba
Max. Depth
25.3 m
Avg. Depth
15.1 m
Duration
00:44:30
Water Entry
Shore
Dive Purpose
Air Mix
21%
Start Tank Pressure
207 bar
End Tank Pressure
28 bar
Exposure Suit
Wet
Thickness
1 mm
Dive Computer
Deepblu | COSMIQ
Weather
Cloud
Current
Strong current
Waves
No Waves
Visibility
20 m
Surface Temperature
27 °C
Bottom Temperature
2.3 °C
1900