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Crocker Reef (Plantation Key)

Crocker Reef (Plantation Key)



Reef (Buoy 12) is located about 4 miles southeast of Snake
Creek in Islamorada.  This reef is primarily an intermediate to deep spur
& groove system typical of the outer reef along most of the Florida Keys. Not far from the navigation buoy pictured above is a mooring ball known as the Dropoff or
Ball where the site starts at 45' to 50' and slopes to about 85' before it plateaus into sand.  Nearby is the Ski Slope, a wide sandy ravine.  Further to the southwest is the Shallow Ball also known as Crocker 35 and Crocker
Orbit or Coral Fingers.  This area is similar , but starts at about 35' and slopes more gradually and for a longer distance before getting deep.  

Crocker Reef area is far enough out that it usually has good visibility,  blue water and lots of large fish & sponges. Current is not often a problem, and when there is a current, drift dives along Crocker
Reef are always an enjoyable experience. On most parts of Crocker Reef the grooves can be followed from northwest (shallow) to southeast (deep) making natural navigation easy.

Other areas nearby with local names are
Cage (where a shark cage once was), 3 Amigos (Three large mounds near coral fingers), Pillar Coral Ridge, which features a wrecked small boat, and The
Telephone - a long patch reef with a telephone-shaped sand hole. Not far to the northeast is Davy Crocker or Pleasure, located about halfway between Davis Reef & Crocker Reef.

Crocker Reef (Plantation Key)

The buoy 16 - La bouée 16
Crocker Reef (Plantation Key)
Crocker Reef (bouée 12) est situé à environ 4 miles au SE de Snake Creek à Islamorada. Cet écueil est d'abord un intermédiaire pour stimuler le système de rainures profondes et typique du récif extérieur le long de la plupart des Florida Keys. Non loin de la bouée de navigation se trouve une boule de mouillage connue sous le nom
Dropoff ou Deep Ball où le site commence de 13,5 m à 15 m et des pentes à environ 25,5 m avant les plateaux dans le sable. A proximité telle une piste de ski, se trouve un ravin de sable. De plus au SW se trouve la boule Shallow également connu comme Crocker 35 et Crocker Orbit ou corail Fingers. Cette région est similaire, mais commence à environ 10,5 m et les pentes descendent plus progressivement et sur une distance plus longue avant d'obtenir de la  profondeur.
La zone Crocker Reef est suffisamment loin pour avoir généralement une bonne visibilité, l'eau bleue et beaucoup de gros poissons et d'éponges. Le courant n'est pas souvent un problème, et quand il y a du courant, on peut pratiquer la plongée en dérive le long du récif Crocker, c'est toujours une expérience agréable. Sur la plupart des régions du Crocker Reef les rainures peuvent être suivies du nord-ouest (peu profond) au sud-est (profond), cela rend la navigation facile.
D'autres domaines à proximité avec des noms locaux sont La Cage (où était autrefois une cage de requin ), 3 Amigos (3 grandes buttes de corail en forme de doigts), le pilier Coral Ridge, où un petit bateau fit naufrage, et le téléphone - un long récif de sable en forme de téléphone. Non loin vers le NE se trouve
Davy Crocker ou d'agrément, situé à environ mi-chemin entre Davis Reef
& Crocker Reef.
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