Parlatuvier Bay
Diving
Pier
London Arch
MT. Irvine Wall
MT. Irvine Wall

Located about three minutes from Mount Irvine Beach Facilities by boat, this mini wall dive as a maximum

depth of 45 feet and is actually a group of rocky outcroppings extending out to sea.

The surge action can be quite strong at times and divers should avoid venturing near the top of the reef.

The wall is composed mainly of: small yellow tube sponge, fan shaped greenish-grey variety of branching vase sponge, black ball sponge, encrusting gorgonians, small black sea rods, porous sea rods, stinging bush hydroids and large quantities of social feather dusters. 

The Venus and common sea fans are often covered with fingerprint cyphomas or flamingo tongues that prey on them. Look for miniscule tunicates attached to many of the soft corals.

There are many swim-through areas and crevices to explore. A dive light is recommended to shine into the cracks where shy cardinal fish, octopus, juvenile spotted drums and many species of shrimp and crabs can be exposed.

There are dozens of cleaning stations along the reef where sharknose gobies and Pederson cleaning shrimps tend to the wide variety of fish life. Large spotted snake eels bury themselves in the sandy seabed with only their heads protruding, while sharptail eels meander through the many corals in search of food.

There are vertical cracks and crevices along the wall where it is possible to see small hawksbill turtle, scorpionfish and shy blackbar soldier fish hiding.

Look for the dozens of bluebar jawfish hovering above their burrows in the sand near the wall. They are wary and will back into the holes, tail first, when approached. If the diver waits patiently the jawfish will usually reappear and begin feeding.

At night, Mount Irvine Wall comes alive. Caribbean reef octopuses are out feeding on the many mollusks while giant basket stars that are usually hidden in the daytime, extend their arms and form a fan-shaded plankton net.

 

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