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    Brook’s totally excellent scuba adventure

    “Those colors are amazing. I wish more people could have a chance to see them,” said Brook Fullwiler who had just finished her first ever scuba dive. Brook and my son Scott were visiting us for a long weekend from Portland, Oregon. Later, back at our house in Tavernier after...

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    Reasons abound for fearing the ocean

    Dawn had just broken and I was paddling my kayak back to shore. The early morning was still. I heard a mother on the beach singing to her young children.  The doves added harmony to the melody with their coos. The waves lapped gently against my boat. I totally was at peace. Like ...

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    Colorado students help save Keys reef

    I felt like I was in a military operation. “OK, ‘blue’ team, after you descend form up at the bottom and I will lead you to the location,” the team leader intoned. Blue team, one of five teams designated by colors, performed a safety check of their gear and ...

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    Cozumel: From Cortez the Killer to killer dives

    Drifting with a brisk current at 90 feet below the surface next to Santa Rosa Wall located near the south end of Cozumel Island, I feel like Peter Pan as I look down into the abyss. I effortlessly “fly” by a kaleidoscope of sights and, although I didn’t need Tinker Bell...

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    Species like parrotfish help protect the reef

    While drifting along on a shallow ledge on Conch Reef, I spot a group of colorful parrot fish chomping away at algae and other growth on the coral. A bit farther I see a massive plume of white debris blast from the tail end of a large parrot fish. “What goes in must come out,” ...

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    Protected Molasses Reef great for diving and snorkeling

    The captain gives the OK and the Finstermeister family from Iowa piles on the dive boat.  

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    Think your equipment is ready? Check again

    Having been out of the water for a while, I was excited about diving again in a few days. Divers learn, but sometimes forget, that there are some important things to determine before they arrive at the dive boat. I call it my list of OKs. Am I physically OK? Am I emotionally OK? Is my dive...

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    Hens & Chickens perfect for new and veteran divers

    It’s a beautiful spring day on the ocean.

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    REEF preserves marine wildlife through education and conservation

    In 1990 three men  (Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach and Lad Akins), who share a love of the sea and a strong interest in protecting it and its inhabitants,  happened to be at the right place at the right time at the Atlantis Dive Center in Key Largo.

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    Young sea turtles actively swim sooner than thought

    Almost a century ago, an avant-garde American poet Gertrude Stein named the generation that came of age during World War I the “lost generation.” The theme became the basis of The Sun Also Rises written by Ernest Hemingway, who had befriended Stein in Paris, France after the war...

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