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 Sponge Forest

USA, Massachusetts, Stellwagen Bank

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Exact

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Latitude: 42° 19.471' N
Longitude: 70° 17.598' W

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 Access

How? By boat

Distance Long boat time (> 30min)

Easy to find? Easy to find

 Dive site Characteristics

Average depth 30.5 m / 100.1 ft

Max depth 36.6 m / 120.1 ft

Current Medium ( 1-2 knots)

Visibility Excellent ( > 30 m)

Quality

Dive site quality Great

Experience CMAS ** / AOW

Bio interest Outstanding

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Dive type

- Drift dive
- Big fishes

Dive site activities

- Marine biology

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- Depth
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- Boat trafic
- Nets

 Additional Information

English (Translate this text in English): Sponge Forest encompasses areas ontop of Stellwagen Bank in NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with cobble and scattered boulders that provide hard substrate for encrusting marine invertebrates. The area is named after the large finger sponges found growing on the seafloor. Sponge Forest lies within the Traffic Separation Zone of the Port of Boston’s Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Dive vessels must be on the lookout for large cargo vessels transiting the area and must not impede the passage of these vessels. Vessel operators should follow all regulations pertaining to the safe operation of vessels in a TSS.

English (Translate this text in English): Sponge Forest encompasses areas ontop of Stellwagen Bank in NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with cobble and scattered boulders that provide hard substrate for encrusting marine invertebrates. The area is named after the large finger sponges found growing on the seafloor. Sponge Forest lies within the Traffic Separation Zone of the Port of Boston’s Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Dive vessels must be on the lookout for large cargo vessels transiting the area and must not impede the passage of these vessels. Vessel operators should follow all regulations pertaining to the safe operation of vessels in a TSS.

Sponge Forest encompasses areas ontop of Stellwagen Bank in NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with cobble and scattered boulders that provide hard substrate for encrusting marine invertebrates. The area is named after the large finger sponges found growing on the seafloor. Sponge Forest lies within the Traffic Separation Zone of the Port of Boston’s Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Dive vessels must be on the lookout for large cargo vessels transiting the area and must not impede the passage of these vessels. Vessel operators should follow all regulations pertaining to the safe operation of vessels in a TSS.

English (Translate this text in English): Sponge Forest encompasses areas ontop of Stellwagen Bank in NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with cobble and scattered boulders that provide hard substrate for encrusting marine invertebrates. The area is named after the large finger sponges found growing on the seafloor. Sponge Forest lies within the Traffic Separation Zone of the Port of Boston’s Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Dive vessels must be on the lookout for large cargo vessels transiting the area and must not impede the passage of these vessels. Vessel operators should follow all regulations pertaining to the safe operation of vessels in a TSS.

English (Translate this text in English): Sponge Forest encompasses areas ontop of Stellwagen Bank in NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with cobble and scattered boulders that provide hard substrate for encrusting marine invertebrates. The area is named after the large finger sponges found growing on the seafloor. Sponge Forest lies within the Traffic Separation Zone of the Port of Boston’s Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Dive vessels must be on the lookout for large cargo vessels transiting the area and must not impede the passage of these vessels. Vessel operators should follow all regulations pertaining to the safe operation of vessels in a TSS.

English (Translate this text in English): Sponge Forest encompasses areas ontop of Stellwagen Bank in NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with cobble and scattered boulders that provide hard substrate for encrusting marine invertebrates. The area is named after the large finger sponges found growing on the seafloor. Sponge Forest lies within the Traffic Separation Zone of the Port of Boston’s Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Dive vessels must be on the lookout for large cargo vessels transiting the area and must not impede the passage of these vessels. Vessel operators should follow all regulations pertaining to the safe operation of vessels in a TSS.

English (Translate this text in English): Sponge Forest encompasses areas ontop of Stellwagen Bank in NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with cobble and scattered boulders that provide hard substrate for encrusting marine invertebrates. The area is named after the large finger sponges found growing on the seafloor. Sponge Forest lies within the Traffic Separation Zone of the Port of Boston’s Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Dive vessels must be on the lookout for large cargo vessels transiting the area and must not impede the passage of these vessels. Vessel operators should follow all regulations pertaining to the safe operation of vessels in a TSS.

English (Translate this text in English): Sponge Forest encompasses areas ontop of Stellwagen Bank in NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with cobble and scattered boulders that provide hard substrate for encrusting marine invertebrates. The area is named after the large finger sponges found growing on the seafloor. Sponge Forest lies within the Traffic Separation Zone of the Port of Boston’s Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Dive vessels must be on the lookout for large cargo vessels transiting the area and must not impede the passage of these vessels. Vessel operators should follow all regulations pertaining to the safe operation of vessels in a TSS.

English (Translate this text in English): Sponge Forest encompasses areas ontop of Stellwagen Bank in NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with cobble and scattered boulders that provide hard substrate for encrusting marine invertebrates. The area is named after the large finger sponges found growing on the seafloor. Sponge Forest lies within the Traffic Separation Zone of the Port of Boston’s Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Dive vessels must be on the lookout for large cargo vessels transiting the area and must not impede the passage of these vessels. Vessel operators should follow all regulations pertaining to the safe operation of vessels in a TSS.

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