Here’s an interesting patch of reef found in 55 feet of water off Islamorada. At first it looks rather unremarkable compared to the reefs found around the Florida Keys. But if you look closer you will find what looks to be a rope intertwined throughout the coral. This spot of patch reef grew from a lost lobster pot and the rope used to secure it to the marker buoy.
The neat thing about this reef is the biodiversity found in such a small area. This three square foot area held several types of sponges, some star coral, over a dozen damsels, arrow crabs, banded coral shrimp and even an anemone. That’s pretty impressive since this reef sat right in the middle of an account expansive area of a sand bottom.