Diving the Blue Heron Bridge Part 1

After diving the freshly-lain Lady Luck on the East Coast of Florida, I thought it would be a good time to share a video series of another dive site on the East Coast: Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach. This site is one of my absolute favorites.

The Blue Heron Bridge is a free shore dive. The water is very shallow and usually very clear. Plan to enter the water an hour before high tide, and exiting an hour after. Parking sucks so get there early. Just don’t park illegally. They’ll get you.

If you plan to do a night dive, bear in mind you have to leave by 10 PM and you’ll need to pay for an after-hours parking permit. It’s $10 and you can pick one up at a dive shop near by (such as Force-E SCUBA). Otherwise there is no fee for the shore dive or parking during the day.

This is the first of a four-part video series showcasing some of the interesting life and structure you can find at the Blue Heron Bridge. I’ve tried to ID as many species as possible, but I’m still learning, so if you can identify something I haven’t or have a correction please mention it in the comments or email me directly at michelle@divebelle.com. I will certainly appreciate it!

This video begins with what I believe is a tube-dwelling anemone, its dreamy tentacles billowing in a gentle sway. I’d like to confirm the identify of our opening character.

Next, a bearded fire worm takes the stage before wriggling into its burrow. Fire worms are commonly seen at the bridge and look warm and fuzzy. Don’t pet the fire worm. It’s a venomous little bugger.

The next few scenes exhibit what tentatively have identified as a bar jack, a sharpnose puffer, a couple of hermit crabs, a silver porgy, a sea urchin, and a barracuda. The little puffers are adorable. They don’t exceed 4-5 inches in length.

NEVER ATTEMPT TO MAKE A PUFFER FISH INFLATE. It’s not nice, and not very good for the puffer. It take about 5 hours for the fish to recover after puffing up.

Comment below about your experiences at the Blue Heron Bridge or other dive sites on the East Coast, and be on the lookout for Video 2 next week!

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