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.

Thanks.

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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?

Dec 29, 2017
Snorkeling Post-Irma
by: Tom & Debbie

We will be snorkeling the Dry Tortugas and the middle keys in two weeks - mid-January 2018, and will report back when we return home.

Jan 29, 2018
Middle Keys Snorkeling
by: Myreen

We snorkeled from Key Largo and from Marathon and it was all wonderful. We hadn't been there before the hurricane so could not have anything to compare to, but we were fully impressed with the variety of fish and the beauty of the reefs. At Marathon we snorkeled on a tour provided by Captain Pips and it was fantastic. At Key Largo we snorkeled on tour provided by the State Park. Was all like a wonderful dream. Have fun.

Feb 22, 2018
Looe Key Report
by: Nicole & Galen

Hi folks, Pam shared a report about her experience snorkeling Looe Key in February 2018 as a comment on the Snorkel Tour to Looe Key page. Sounds like the reef fared pretty well overall.

Mar 09, 2018
Dry Tortugas
by: Dave

We snorkeled at the Dry Tortugas on 3/5/18. It was a bit windy/wavy, but nothing to deter us. The visibility off of the south shore beach was poor. Out at the coral heads were snappers, grunts, jacks, Sergeant Majors, and big barracuda and mutton snappers. The south coaling pier had better visibility and a nice variety of fish, including a big spotted trunkfish.

Having snorkeled the same spots in 2011, I'd say that the variety of fish is down somewhat, but the poor visibility makes a comparison difficult.

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