Tug Heron and LCM
The Tug Heron and LCM Landing Craft were sunk next to one another as an artificial reef in 1990. The Heron is a 53′ steel tug which sits upright and lies next to the remnants of the 51′ LCM Landing Craft. Prior to being separated by Hurricane Opal in 1995, the Tug sat upside down on top of the LCM.
Diving the Tug Heron and LCM
This is a deep wreck that is a popular dive site for divers with deep diving experience, She sits in just over 92′ of water. You may want to obtain your advanced open water certification before diving it.
Getting to the Tug Heron and LCM
The wrecks is a mid-shore dive and is located about 11 miles from Pensacola Pass in about 92” of water. You can use the GPS Location of 30 08.187′ N and 87 13.684′ W to navigate towards the wrecks. This is a pretty popular dive with the charter boats and can become busy at times.
Marine life seen around the Tug Heron and LCM
When diving the wrecks you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
- Red Snapper
- Greater Amberjack
- Gray Triggerfish
- Moon Jellyfish
- Townsend Angelfish
- Spotfin Butterflyfish
- Sea Urchin
- Cocoa Damselfish
- Gulf Flounder
- Lemon Shark
There are many other types of marine life that are around the wrecks, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.