Eagle Ship before it’s sinking as an artificial shipwreck in the Florida Keys filled with fish life.

Life growing on Eagle shipwreck

Eagle was a freighter which was sunk intentionally near Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida, to become an artificial reef and diving spot.

A new shipwreck may take some time to become colonized, depending on the material from which it is made.

Eagle Shipwreck and current day life and growth on wreck

The complex shape and hard surfaces of shipwrecks like the Eagle attract sedentary invertebrates and fish.

Small hydroids and barnacles are the first to start growing and inhabit a shipwreck.

Keelworms are a close second to making a new shipwreck their forever home.

These keelworms, hydroids, and barnacles pave the way for other animals and seaweeds to grow on their hard shells.

Life and growth on shipwrecks starts with keelworms like this image.

Filter feeders thrive in enhanced currents on areas of the Eagle shipwreck such as the super-structure.

Spaces inside the Eagle shipwreck like stairwells and cargo holds offer hiding places for many fish, octopuses, moray eels, and coral banded cleaner shrimp.

scuba diving on the wreck of the Eagle to see all the life growing on this shipwreck.

General Details of Eagle


Type: Cargo ship
Length: 268 ft 6 in (81.84 m)
Beam: 40 ft 4 in (12.29 m)
Depth: 65 ft (20 m)
  • Badly damaged by fire, 6 October 1985
  • Sunk as a artificial reef, 19 December 1985[1]


Private Charter to dive the Eagle

The very best way to dive the Eagle shipwreck is to call Sail Fish Scuba dive shop in Key Largo, Florida Keys.

Ask to speak directly to the owner Jen about booking a whole day private charter. We offer a private whole day charter for $2,200.00 for up to 6 diver to join for a 2 tank dive on the shipwreck Eagle photo-guided by our professional PADI dive guides and all the photos are included in the rate. This will include a picnic lunch and drinks served on our dive boat DEEPER.



Life On Florida Keys Shipwreck Eagle
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