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Three Coal Barges
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The Three Coal Barges is one of the largest dive sites in the Gulf overall. It is comprised of a combination of three 140 foot long Coal Barges that were sank in 1947 along with a wide field of bridge rubble from the Three Mile Fishing Bridge destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The combination of the old barges with the newer concrete bridge rubble makes for a unique habitat that attracts huge schools of bait fish and the associated larger fish that feed on them. One of the closer dive sites to shore they rest only about 3 nautical miles from the shoreline but about 6.5 nautical miles East of the Pensacola Pass. Loggerhead Sea Turtles make this a frequent site for summertime feeding grounds after laying their eggs on Pensacola Beach. With a maximum depth of 50 feet, it is an excellent site to spend plenty of bottom time exploring. Be careful, because due to the size and area that this reef covers, it is easy to get lost underwater. Good navigation skills are recommended and of course dive tours are available upon request.
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