On Dec. 1, the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation added to Poseidon’s Playground, an artificial reef three miles off Perdido Pass in Orange Beach.
Divers were on hand to watch a pyramid, a rocket and a steel structure deployed into about 38 feet of water.
The undersea attraction was established a year ago with the placement of three Greek mythological statues depicting Poseidon, Apollo and Venus.
Vince Lucido, president of the foundation, was on hand to supervise the work. “It’s the beginning of a long-termed project,” Lucido told local media last year when the reef was created.
“We hope to add more to it as people become aware of what we’re doing out there. It will have different types of statues that have gotten really popular all over the world with people putting statues, art, sculptures, thinks like that underwater.”
Poseidon’s Playground will also include memorial statues to first responders. Lucido reported to the Orange Beach City Council that the foundation is committed to expanding diving options in the area.
“We’re working on different venues for diving and fishing. And especially the diving industry to make it more available to all facets of divers—your beginning, your intermediate and your more advanced,” he said.
Alabama has created the largest artificial reef program in the United States, using tanks, barges, ships, bridge rubble, and other materials. More visitors than ever are vacationing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for scuba diving excursions.
One of the wrecks for divers to explore is the Whiskey Wreck, 150 yards due south of Bahama Bob’s restaurant in Gulf Shores. Looking for a home base for your next scuba diving trip to explore Whiskey Wreck, search beach condos and houses in Gulf Shores.
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