Scuba Diving Oil Platforms [video]
You wouldn’t think of it at first, but as it turns out, oil platforms are amazing scuba diving sites.
Oil platforms both commissioned and decommissioned are found to be meccas for sea-life. They are havens for encrusting seal-life of all sorts which draws all sorts of the typical reef dwelling and visiting fish.
In the video below Jonathan Bird visits two oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. One of them known is known as as High Island 389. It is a decommissioned oil platform located about 6 miles off the coast of Texas. High Island 389 is frequented by divers and offers an amazing diving experience. It steel structure is entirely encrusted with marine life. As he says it is a geometrically symmetrical coral reef. Oil platforms, both commissioned and decommissioned have become the homes of magnificent off-shore reefs.
Perhaps a diving a decommissioned oil platform should be on your scuba diving bucket- list too. … Yes?
Watch Jonathan’s amazing oil platform diving experience below.
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The Northern Gulf of Mexico is full of rigs just like this, some days its better than the Caribbean, and this video didn’t begin to cover the fish, But some days the rigs can be deadly. DO NOT ATTEMP to dive them W/O and experienced rig diver to help show you the way. Best move is to join a local club and let those guys help you. There’s a world of beauty out there and there’s 1000 ways to die also. BE CAREFUL and enjoy!!!!!