Lake Michigan is the second largest Great Lake by volume and the only one located entirely in the United States. The lake’s shoreline is more than 1600 mi/2575 km and the average depth is 195 ft/59.4 m. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have the same surface elevation and are technically a single lake. They are actually connected by the Straits of Mackinac, where many ships have foundered due to heavy storms. The Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve, located at the northern edge of Lakes Michigan and Huron, tries to preserve Michigan’s shipwrecks for next generations. One of the shipwrecks found is Colonel Ellsworth.
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Scuba Diving in The Commerce Wreck, Anguilla, Anguilla
The vessel has been sank in 1984 on the north side of Anguilla by Hurricane Klaus. Its length is at 42.7 m/137 ft. The maximum depth is at 25 m/82 ft, where the wreck sits. It is a dive spot, suitable for all levels of divers. If the current is too strong, you shouldn’t swim through the ship because it is dangerous. That’s a reason why you should dive with experienced instructors that will guide you.
The Commerce Wreck has created an artificial reef. Great colorful corals and abundant marine life can be seen there. Divers may meet barracuda, hog fish, bar jacks, goat fish, stingrays, turtles, moray eels and Atlantic spade-fish. Also some of the biggest lobster that ranges from 20 to 30 lb (9.1-13 kg) are usually hidden in the ship.
The underwater visibility is very good. The temperature of the water averages to 25˚C/77˚F during all year. This dive spot is weather dependent. So during the winter months, scuba divers should be very careful. The marine life around the Commerce Wreck, combined with the turquoise water, make it an amazing and exotic spot for diving.