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Pacific Reef/ Pacific Reef Light, Buoy 1 - Biscayne National Park FL


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Pacific Reef is a coral reef located within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and also within Biscayne National Park. Unlike many reefs within the National Marine Sanctuary, this reef is not within a Sanctuary Preservation Area (SPA). It is south of Ajax Reef.

The wall, Great drift dive, wall slopes down at about 45 degrees from 40’ to 85’

Buoy 1, Patch reef, sand channels go N-S, less current near reef, small yellowsting ray, spotted goatfish, spotfin butterfly fish, blue tangs, ocean surgeonfish, doctor fish, chubs, bicolor damsels, yellow tail damsels, sergeant majors, blue cromis, fairey basslets, blue heads, Queen and French angels, grunts, longspine squirrelfish, trumpetfish, red hind but no groupers on any of the dives and I don’t recall any starfish. This was done as a drift dive but current was slower and easy to handle close to the bottom. RayC

Approximate coordinates:

25°22′15″N 80°08′30″W


The Pacific Reef Light, shown in this 1966 USCG photo, was built to the same design as the Molassess Reef Light

Map; listsofjohn.com/qmap?Q=54132

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