The Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary is a region of the Gulf of Mexico roughly 110 miles due south of the Texas-Louisiana border. The Flower Gardens Banks consist of two salt domes which have raised the ocean floor from the 400-foot depths in the immediate area to just under 70 feet in the center of the banks. These two plateaus are home to the northernmost coral reefs in the Gulf, hosting several different species of hard coral, to hundreds of species of Caribbean fish, and sightings of large pelagics are frequent!
Texas’ newest artificial reef – the Kraken! The 371-ft cargo vessel (named after the giant squid of Norwegian legend) was sank 67 miles off the coast of Galveston and rests within 140 feet, making her a new mainstay for scuba divers with advanced and technical training.