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Army Tanks, Miami-Dade

small shrimp on their host anemone is just some of the many critters that can be found at Army Tanks
small shrimp on their host anemone is just some of the many critters that can be found at Army Tanks
© 2010 Robin V. Burr

Two M60 Army Tanks are within swimming distance of the Mathew Lawrence Memorial Reef. They were placed in 48 feet of water in June of 1994.

At the same time that the tanks were placed in this location, the Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM) also placed 1060 tons of limerock boulders next to the tanks. The result is an area prolific with life. Lobsters are abundant both on the tanks in within the boulders, able to easily hide from their predators.

Although the tanks have only been underwater for 6 years, they look as if they have been here since the last World War. They have an incredible amount of growth, including spiny oysters, sponges and both a variety of hard and soft corals.

You can arrange to dive the tanks with RJ Diving Ventures located at South Beach Marina. Call 305-864-3040 for more information.

Loran coordinates are Lattitude 25 28' 46.9" Longitude 80 5' 23.1"

Robin V. Burr, Scuba Examiner
Personal Scuba Instruction
Miami, Florida USA

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