Spiegel Grove Wreck

The Spiegel Grove was a U.S. Navy Landing Ship Dock that was commissioned in 1956, named for the Ohio estate of President Rutherford B. Hayes. After the ship was decommissioned in 1989, Hurricane Dennis turned the ship upright on June 10, 2002.

Spiegel Grove Wreck
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Thus, it has become an incredibly popular spot for divers. Unfortunately, it cannot be seen well from snorkeling alone: its minimum depth is 45! Even so, its descent is not for the beginner diver. To see it, you must have knowledge of proof of certifications regarding diving in overhead environments.

After its sinking, the ship began to attract marine life. Today it is well on its way to becoming an entire reef ecosystem of its own. Marine biologists expect the natural corals to completely envelop the ship in a matter of time. Because of the ship’s size, it is larger than any natural reef structure in the Keys.

Among the coral and sea ferns, you’ll be able to see entire schools of shimmering smaller fish and colorful tropical fish. There are even large grouper that frequent the wreck. On the clearest days, the sandy bottom can be visible at a depth of 130 feet from the surface, making it one of the best things to do in Key Largo.