Conditions were epic on the former Canadian destroyer HMCS Yukon this weekend, 1.8 miles off of Mission Beach, with clear, sunny skies, water calm as glass and underwater visibility between 30 and 50 ft.
San Diego divers David Hershman and Michael Bear enjoyed exploring the 366 ft Canadian warship sunk in 100 ft of water back in 2000, to serve as an artificial reef for local marine life--a task it has been extremely successful at, attracting large white Metridia anemones, pink and red Strawberry anemones, Giant Kelp, Red Gorgonian sea fans, Blacksmith fish and Surfperch.
There are several mooring buoys over the Yukon. Hershman and Bear went down on the bow line, which ties off near the Dolphin cut-out in the hull and made their way aft, towards the stern, exploring the Crow's Nest, the White Tile Room and area behind the large exhaust fan on the deck which is a large cut-out area on the deck.
Visibility was so good that they could see nearly half of the ship's length underwater, with sunlight streaming down in flickering shafts, it made for a truly beautiful underwater tableau.