One of the best South Florida dive sites to make many a diver's log, Tenneco Towers could possibly be labeled as the largest artificial reef in Southeast Florida loaded with scenic surroundings. It has been in existence since 1985 when Tenneco Oil Company sank five oil production platforms.
Over the course of 28 years, these platforms have become home for magnificent marine life of orange cup coral, oysters and a variety of sponges. Because the open structure gives way to the Gulfstream, it is common to find mackerel, tuna and barracuda freely playing hide and seek amongst the wreckage. Queen angelfish, turtles, amber fish and hogfish can also be seen claiming the wreck for their own and searching diligently for food.
It seems almost shameful but this abundant reef filled with underwater marine life is being plagued by a 200 foot long 'ghost' net, a commercial fishing net wrapping itself around an artificial reef two miles off Southern Broward County. With its huge and ominous weight of 1,000 pounds, it has killed fish and a sea turtle and is even a danger to unaware divers.
While it may seem that all hope is lost, some good news was announced recently that a contracted salvage company has been hired to remove this manmade monster of the sea. Their mission will not be complete until the waters are once again clear for fish and divers and all habitat of the ocean.
Tenneco Towers may still remain one of the many wonders beneath the South Florida seas.