Lake Huron is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the third largest fresh water lake on Earth. Lake Huron is separated from Lake Michigan by the 5 mi / 8 km wide Straits of Mackinac. The Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve shelters many shipwrecks. Among them is the William H. Barnum.
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Scuba Diving in Hydro Atlantic Wreck, Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
Despite the fact that the area is located outside the tropics, it features a tropical rain forest climate with hot and humid summers with an average temperature of 86–90°F (30–32°C) and warm and dry winters with an average temperature of 75–82°F (24–28°C).
Hydro Atlantic Wreck was a ship built in 1905 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and sunk in 1987 on it’s current location, after a strong tropical storm. It is considered to be one of the top ten wreck sites for diving in the USA and is a truly amazing experience, suitable for advanced divers only.
The hull of the ship is 300.8 ft/91.6 m long with a 64 ft/19.5 m beam, standing at a depth of 172 ft/52.4 m deep down on the sandy bottom of the Gulf Stream. With low currents and good visibility, this deep water dive is extraordinary and the wreck is almost intact with most of its equipment being still in place.
As it is covered with many colorful corals, it attracts a wide variety of fish of all shapes and sizes. The Hydro Atlantic is a true wreck and offers an abundance of biodiversity and many opportunities to penetrate and explore the inner hull. Definitely one of the best diving spots in Florida.
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