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Offshore Texas - Gulf of Mexico
Oil rig in Gulf of Mexico Oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico provide an artificial reef environment for many animals normally thought to be found only in the tropics. This rig, approximately 50 miles off the coast of Port Aransas, TX was teeming with tropical fish, brittle stars, sponges, and hydroids. While hanging on the line doing a safety stop, its also where I saw my very first shark! Our group from Scubaland Adventures in Austin always charters our rig-trips with Copeland's Dive Shop in Corpus Christi, TX (call them at 512-854-1135 or 1-800-567-5132). Jim Copeland's gang is very professional and always shows us a good time.
Baracudas are common around the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico taking refuge under the structure and keeping an eye out for their next meal. They're very curious and like to check out divers. And though they have a nasty reputation similar to sharks, they pose no threat and usually move away slowly when approached. curious baracuda
cute little blennies Some of my favorite oil rig fish are these cute little blennies. They make their homes inside sponge-encrusted barnacle shells and like to peek out at divers. Sometimes there are so many blenny-inhabited shells on the oil rig structure, we've begun to refer to them as "blenny condos".
Hi mom and dad! Susie diving