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Does anyone here have any photos or first hand knowlege of the natural coral bottom's that are known to exist off south jersey, deleware and maryland?  Most lie within the range of 70-90ft with exception of a few that I know of in over 200ft.

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Yes,
A few years ago I did a dive with Jon Hulburt, and Tom Packer to investigate a natural rock formation 60 miles offshore of Cape May in 225 feet of water.   The out cropping of rock was massive.   Jon took some video, I took some samples and Tom found a wreck off the rocks.  It appeared to be a sedimentary formation of rock or coral.
A few years before I dived a natural rock formation in 90 feet of water about 10-15 miles off Ocean City with the Capt. Bob Miembresse on the Down Deep, called Joe Blacks or the lumps south of the Table Top.  This had large boulder like rocks with growth of soft coral spread out over a large area. There were lots of lobster and schools of bluefish and a memorable mako.
About a dozen years before that I dived a rock formation called the Stone beds with Capt. Bill Dotts on the Jeanie K II  a few miles south of the same area...a very similar formation. 
I have also dived mud banks that are near the Red Brick Wreck off Ocean City with Capt. Bob Driscoll on the Horizon.  A well known fishing mound called the Mud Wreck I dived this large mound with Capt. Pratt Cramer on the Miss Sea Isle back in the seventies.   It is not a wreck but again a massive hill that rises nearly 12 feet in 50 feet of water.  George Hoffman had some small rock formations he would buoy for lobster bounce dives near the Maurice Tracy and the Tolten.  Many times these lobster loops were dived by one or two divers.  All were natural formations, coral or rocks and unusual.  All the shallow wooden wrecks in less than 50 feet have coral growth forming on them such as the Green Light Blinker Wreck, and the Sea Isle Dredge (Clermont).

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Thanks for the reply.

Its shocking to hear that someone actually dove the cape may rocks.  Out of all of the locations I figured that would be the last one to have been dived.  Are those pictures or video available? 

I have fished the area many times over the past 10 years.  The wreck your talking about in that area, is it a scallop boat or similiar dragger?  The nearest wreck as you know is the India Arrow - however there is also another wreck to the east from the cape may rock area called the Amazing Grace.  Have you dived this?  It lies in 250-260ft.  The wreck I am looking for is the boat called the Ranger?  Perhaps its the one your speaking about in that area.

I am trying to come to a conclusion that the natual coral bottom that exists off southern jersey is the same as what exists off of delaware and maryland.  There is a Capt. down there who has been working with agencies to protect such areas.  I would like to do the same for our region.  As you know probably better then most these areas are excellent communities for marine life.  The clam dredges of the seventies & 80's have been known to destroy much of what is left of these natural coral bottoms and the future preservation of them is key.

There are a few other wrecks such as the Seaway off of Long Island and the Rio in the hudson canyon area, do you have info on these?
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Hey Guys,
Jon, Greg, Tom,

I got this question on my message board about that rockage dive we did.  I can't remember all the details and did not see the wreck Tom dived.  Can you add any information to this.


Gene,

You were too narced to remember to get samples of the bottom. The trip was sponsored by Stockton College. There were bubbles in the water column that I noticed that were not from you divers; I thought at the time that the bottom was effervescing- which might explain the bottom as concretion resulting from chemotrophic activity. (methane)

 

Packer says he saw wreckage, but that was not verified.

 

Greg Modelle



Gene,
Didn't I send you a copy of the video? If not, should be able to dig
a copy out.
Dove something similar to Capt. Bill Ponzio's description of 'the
lumps' with Tattersall many years ago. Reminded me of a gigantic version
of a granite barge. Quite different from the formation you, Tom and I
dove 60 miles off Cape May.
Jon

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Have you guys been able to get hold of that video yet?  I would really like to take a look at it.

Have any of you ever dived on the amazing grace roughly 10miles NE of the rock area?
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