DIVE REPORT: July 11, 2015. USS Oriskany
Diving the Oriskany is always a lot of fun, and the aircraft carrier is certainly one of the more well-known dive sites in the region. At 888 feet long, the “Mighty O” is considered to be one of (if not THE) largest artificial reefs in the world.
Conditions on the wreck were nice today: a refreshing 70-something degrees on the tower, and visibility in the range of 60′ depending on depth. A layer of plankton (affectionately known as “whale snot”) in the top 20′ created an awesome mood-lighting effect in the clear water at depth.
It was really cool.
After the diving was done we broke out the food & drink as Captain Andy turned the Reef Cleaner north towards the beach. We found a parking space amongst the other boats with plenty of time to spare before the beginning of the Pensacola Beach air show. The stars of the show are the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron: The Blue Angels. Watching F/A-18 Hornets scream overhead is pretty awesome way to finish up a dive trip, to say the least!