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jeepbrew
09-10-2007, 02:50
Well I dove the Mighty O about two weeks ago, and I still haven't posted a trip report. I will get a full report up tomorrow, but since it is 3 am here I am about to go to bed. I did, however, upload a 6 minute video to the web and I will post the link here. Check it out if you get bored and post any questions / comments. I will come back tomorrow and put a somewhat detailed report on here.

Video: http://www.filefactory.com/file/a85e47/

Warning - the file is 277 MB, so you probably don't want to give that a shot w/o broadband...

Update - Dive Report - Aug 25, 2007:

First off, we dove with Gary's Gulf Divers out of Orange Beach, AL, and I must give props to Gary - he runs a great outfit. Everyone was very polite and professional, and the boat was very nice and clean.

As soon as we were within a few miles of the Oriskany you could see all of the dive boats tied up to her. There were 8 other boats there that day. Initial reports were that the wreck was absolutely covered in jellyfish. Well, it was! The damn things were everywhere. There were so many that you could not see through them. This really sucked for me, b/c I was the only dumbass out there without a wetsuit. So, we sucked it up and headed in.


Dive #1:

We dove using my steel 130s filled with EAN 29. This was a multi-level dive, planned with tables, and dove using the ATOM. On the first dive, my g/f (divinjen on this board) and I decided we were going to make it to the flight deck. We made our way to the deck (in a hurry - to get away from the jellyfish), reaching a max depth of 136 ft. It was cool to make it down there, but there wasn't a whole heck of a lot to see there. There were, however, no jellyfish. We then made our way back up and circled the conning tower a few times. We saw a few nice sized baracuda and a ton of jellyfish on the tower. Unfortunately, b/c of our max depth, this was a short dive and we headed back up for our lenghty safety stop right in the middle of the pack of jellyfish. They were as thick as could be between the depths of 5 ft and 40 ft. They were so thick they blocked the sunlight for the most part. I probably got stung 200 times or more on that dive.

Total dive time: 39 minutes
Max depth: 136 ft
Avg depth: 70.58 ft
Surface Temp: 92 degrees
Bottom Temp (136-137 ft): 77 degrees
Temp @ 60-65 ft (where majority of dive took place): 82 degrees

Viz was b/w 60-75 ft when we were below the jellyfish, 10-12 inches when we were in the middle of them.


Dive #2:

Great news for us - the jellyfish had moved on! This time there were a few JF around, but there were spread out enough that I could dodge most of them. I think I only got stung about 5 times that dive. This time we didn't go quite as deep, but we did make it down to the control room. (As you can see if you download the video). We saw quite a bit more sea life this dive... probably b/c we weren't constantly getting stung! This was truly an amazing dive. One of my all-time favorites.


Total dive time: 48 minutes
Max depth: 95 ft
Avg depth: 61.07 ft
Surface Temp: 92 degrees
Bottom Temp: 82 degrees


Viz was 75-100+ feet! It was like being in the Bahamas!

Pics to follow shortly...

BTW, I have a total bottom time of 73 hrs 54 minutes this year!! - all in the ocean, not the pelham keys this yr!

JCAT
09-10-2007, 05:23
Well I dove the Might O about two weeks ago, and I still haven't posted a trip report. I will get a full report up tomorrow, but since it is 3 am here I am about to go to bed. I did, however, upload a 6 minute video to the web and I will post the link here. Check it out if you get bored and post any questions / comments. I will come back tomorrow and put a somewhat detailed report on here.

Video: http://www.filefactory.com/file/a85e47/

Warning - the file is 277 MB, so you probably don't want to give that a shot w/o broadband...

I look forward to reading it!

jeepbrew
09-10-2007, 08:44
My dumbass w/o a wetsuit:

http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/9241/oriskany009gb9.jpg

http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/1439/oriskany013jv7.jpg

http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/9271/oriskany025ct7.jpg

http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/1384/oriskany031kh1.jpg

More to follow...

gtjason2000
09-10-2007, 08:47
wow, sounds like it would be neat to see all those jellyfish until you realize you have to swim back up through them!

Charlotte Smith
09-10-2007, 08:52
Great Pics...thanks for sharing! I hope I get to dive it one of these days..

jeepbrew
09-10-2007, 08:55
http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/9738/oriskany039jz1.jpg

http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/1954/oriskany040rd8.jpg

http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/259/oriskany062pk5.jpg

jeepbrew
09-10-2007, 09:03
http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/2861/oriskany067kc8.jpg

Check out these bad boys:
http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/1788/oriskany089rg6.jpg

http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/541/oriskany134zc1.jpg

jeepbrew
09-10-2007, 09:11
http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/2784/oriskany158jp2.jpg

http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/6881/oriskany162te4.jpg

http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/7858/oriskany184ou6.jpg

Illini_Fan
09-10-2007, 09:20
Thanks for the all the pics. The mighty O is on my list of dives for a long-weekend but it probably won't be this year.

jeepbrew
01-24-2008, 14:09
Edited: Sorry

wheelman
01-24-2008, 21:00
Excellent pics... thanks for sharing.

BuzzGA
01-24-2008, 21:47
Great pics! When my wife finishes her AOW we'll move on to mixed gas cert and then I'm going to try and talk her into taking a trip to the Mighty O

snagel
01-25-2008, 16:41
We are planning on making this dive possibly in June. Thanks for the pic's can't wait.

We are/where planning on trying to make the dive with straight air. Noticed you talked about mixed gas. Do people dive this with straight air or should we thinking about doing mixed gas?

S. Nagel

Gombessa
01-25-2008, 16:47
The top is easily within recreational dive limits right? This looks like a great dive, you guys are really lucky to have it there!

whse56
01-25-2008, 18:15
Definitely on my list of must dives. Thanks for the pics and video.

mwhities
01-25-2008, 18:26
The top is easily within recreational dive limits right? This looks like a great dive, you guys are really lucky to have it there!

Yes, easily 60 to 90fsw with no issues.

divingchef
01-25-2008, 18:46
Thanks for the report! Looks like a great dive!!

scubasamurai
01-25-2008, 19:33
nice pictures can't believe the water temp, i was in the gulf and the temps were in the low 70's in november and we are further south!! nice to see the vis was great!!! like your jellie bellies in the picture

jeepbrew
01-29-2008, 18:06
We are planning on making this dive possibly in June. Thanks for the pic's can't wait.

We are/where planning on trying to make the dive with straight air. Noticed you talked about mixed gas. Do people dive this with straight air or should we thinking about doing mixed gas?

S. Nagel

You would be fine with straight air. I dove with EAN29 to get a few more minutes. Or by mixed gasses do you mean Trimix?

UCFKnightDiver
01-29-2008, 19:03
sounds like an awesome dive well at least the 2nd lol would be nice if it was posted in the southeast forum

Tom A
01-29-2008, 19:36
those are cool i might try an make it there this summer wifes a new diver said she had rather not go that deep yet so i'll have to find a buddy

mwhities
01-29-2008, 20:00
those are cool i might try an make it there this summer wifes a new diver said she had rather not go that deep yet so i'll have to find a buddy

Let me know when you are ready. I am planning on diving the "O" this Summer as well. There are about 7 or 8 of us that's going to dive it. What month are you looking to do it? I *think* I could stand a few dives on it, it'll be hard but, I will!

jeepbrew
01-29-2008, 21:42
those are cool i might try an make it there this summer wifes a new diver said she had rather not go that deep yet so i'll have to find a buddy

Let me know when you are going and I can probably get a group to go as well. It is a short drive for me so I can make it any time.