The wreck of the Zenobia is well documented as one of the top wreck dives in the world and is famous for it's easy penetration dives and masses of cargo. But not many people know that the Zenobia is also a protected marine reserve and it is illegal to fish within a large area of the wreck.
Over many years the wreck has developed it's own eco sysytem and an artificial reef is now a big part of the attraction for divers to the Zenobia.
Masses of marine life now patrol around and inside the wreck including turtles, dusky grouper, mottled grouper, amberjacks, tuna, barracuda, sea breams, moray eels, cardinals, wrasses, triggerfish, lionfish, damsels, nudibranchs, sea stars, parrot fish and if you are lucky enough to see them dolphins. There are many more different types of life on there too with sea cucumbers, squid, fireworms, trumpetfish and in the water many jellies like venus girdles and comb jellies.
Because it is a marine reserve the fish on the Zenobia are used to sharing their environment with divers on a daily basis, they have nothing to fear from humans. Often divers will be surrounded by sea bream and groupers looking for a free meal and other fish like jacks and barracuda can get very close too. This gives us great opportunities for some close up photography, but as all divers should know we never feed the fish. On most dives we find ourselves diving alongside scores of large fish and it is a wonderful experience.
The Zenobia wreck is testament to how marine life can develop on these artificial reefs, and if they remain protected how the life can continue to thrive in ever increasing numbers. The wreck is a fantastic dive for thousands of divers every year and it should remain that way for thousands more in the future.
The Zenobia is truly one of the top wrecks in the world with some of the best marine life in the world. Long may it continue.