Joe Patti Memorial Reef
Sunk in July 2013 the Joe Patti Memorial Reef instantly became of the areas most popular inshore dive sites. The metal artwork welded to the top of the barge truly represent all things Pensacola.
Diving the Joe Patti Memorial Reef
This shallow wreck is a popular dive site for divers of all experience levels. 175′ x 40′ x 10′ barge with numerous steel structures welded to deck. The barge lays in 50′ of water with the top of the structure sitting at about 35′.
Getting to the Joe Patti Memorial Reef
The Joe Patti Memorial Reef is a in-shore dive and is located about 3 miles from Pensacola Beach in about 50′ of water. You can use the GPS Location of 30 17.330’N and 87 13.755’W to navigate towards the wreck. This is a pretty popular dive with the charter boats and can become busy at times.
Marine life seen around the Joe Patti Memorial Reef
When diving the Joe Matti Memorial Reef you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
- Goliath Grouper
- Spade Fish
- Sea Turtles
- Red Snapper
- Gray Triggerfish
- Spotfin Butterflyfish
- Sea Cucumber
- Cocoa Damselfish
- Brown Grunt
- Lion Fish
- Bandtail Puffer
- Moon Jellyfish
- Bull Shark
- Sea Urchin
- Lighting Whelk Shell
There are many other types of marine life that are around the Joe Patti, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.