Middle Keys Snorkeling After Hurricane Irma?

Any reports about how Middle Keys snorkeling was affected by Hurricane Irma? What are the conditions of the reefs and is snorkeling worth it? We're heading there in a couple of weeks, December, 2017.


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Dec 03, 2017
Our experience
by: Pam S

We just retured from a Thanksgiving trip to the Keys. We snorkeled Grecian Rocks and White Banks out of Key Largo and Sombrero Reef out of Marathon. We had windy conditions which made for a not so great experience, especially with visibility in Sombrero, which was extremely poor.

As far as the condition of the reefs, we were surprised at how well the soft corals and fans survived, especially at Grecian Rocks. We did not see much hard coral, but since this was our first time we were unsure if this was due to Irma or just the way it is. There was quite a bit of sand at Sombrero Reef as well.

We were also surprised by the lack of variety of fish, everywhere. We did see a lot of Barracuda, some quite large which was exciting, many angels (Gray, French and Queen) and a large moray eel and a gorgeous, large filefish. Missing were the large schools of fish you always see at the reefs.

All in all, our favorite spot was Grecian Rocks which seemed to be the healthiest to us.

Dec 12, 2017
Snorkeling Keys
by: Pat

Does anyone know how the snorkeling in the Dry Tortugas faired after Irma?

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