The visibility at Morrison is 30’+! It may not stay that way, as there was almost an inch of rain last night and other area waterways are showing elevated water levels. Morrison is clear down the run to about the lily patch, past the boat launch. The safety buoy is still not reinstalled in the main spring basin. Lots of little fish in evidence, a few turtles, damsel flies, and a big bass.
Morrison is still very clear, despite the rain. The water level is up a bit. There is a bit of oil and gross stuff on the surface in the shallows but the spring basin has good visibility. There is a large (3′) dead stinky carp floating by the swimming dock. The turtles are having a buffet.
PSA: If you throw a dead/dying fish back don’t do it in the swimming area!
Additional PSA: Since last Saturday somebody moved that submerged picnic table into 6-7′ of water which makes me think they were firmly in the jerk category and not the diver-donning-gear category. Cut it out!
Other than that the spring should be really nice for folks to enjoy on the 4th of July holiday!
It was nice to see Morrison clear today and a diversity of folks enjoying lots of different outdoor activities: swimming, fishing, boating, having a barbecue. That’s how the spring was meant to be enjoyed. The water coming out of the cavern was a cold 68F, as usual, and shoots straight at the SCUBA dock. You can feel a distinct change in the water temperature as you get onto the downstream side of the basin, where the warmer water mixes with the cold spring water. This is a bit of a different pattern from about ten years back when I used to spend a lot of time in this spring.
There was a lot of debris on the surface from the storm a couple of days ago, but nothing gross, aside from a few oil blobs. There was a really strange smell, not coming from the water, but kind of hanging in the air around the swimming dock and cypresses on that side of the spring. It reminded me of paint thinner. My first thought was of course “shake-n-bake meth lab”, but I hope there was a more mundane (and non-water-polluting) explanation. In my opinion it would be really dumb for anybody to have their meth-making stuff in this heavily-used area that has a decent county law enforcement presence and a lot of security cameras. This is obviously a nice park for families, so I wouldn’t want to give the wrong impression, the smell was weird though.
I saw a shellcracker about the size of my head near the buoy on the downstream side of the swimming area. There were a few other smaller sunfish, a couple of suckers, and the usual small fish in the shallows.
At first I thought kids had been being jerks by submerging this picnic table. Then I had sandy shoes and found that it was a great place to sit and get clean feet before getting out. It would also be ideal for divers donning heavy gear and cumbersome fins in waist-deep water.
After I cleaned my shoes and was leaving the water I found this mature Florida apple snail. Check this out if you don’t already know why Florida applesnails are awesome! This is the first live large FL applesnail I have ever found.
Nice and clear this morning!
Morrison still doesn’t look great. It has been raining on and off this week. The water has gone down a bit, but it is still rather tannic and there is a lot of pollen, fallen leaves, and a bit of trash floating on the surface. I didn’t see any evidence of clearing near the vent at all today. Somebody commented that the viz is 7′.
Morrison is flooded, as expected after all the rain.
The visibility at Morrison is not fantastic. If it holds where it is (doubtful, scroll down for river graph) checkout dives will not be horrible. There has been quite a bit of rain this week and the water is up to the metal picnic tables and somewhat tannic, although not really cloudy like if there was muddy river water back-flowing.
We got a comment on the Click HERE to Post Current Conditions page that says the vis is about 12′!
That is consistent with what I observed around 6:30 this morning. I also saw a small turtle (not sure if it was a cooter or a slider, it had yellow on its head though) and there is a bit of an oil slick and a lot of debris on the surface of Morrison. Due to the oil slick I was not about to put my phone or any part of my person in the water, so no underwater pics today.
It is misty again this morning and will probably stay that way since we are supposed to have more rain.
I don’t think the visibility is going to improve at all this weekend due to the projected river graph:
Good luck to the SCUBAs doing check-out dives this weekend!
PS. The yellow flies are getting annoying. Keep in mind that they are attracted to dark-colored clothes.