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    Perfect spots abound for those looking to snorkel off the Keys

    If are visiting  the Florida Keys, and you aren’t a diver or don’t feel like taking a one-day “resort” scuba course, you still have an excellent opportunity to see the colorful reefs and tropical fish by snorkeling in the warm waters of the Keys. The Keys ...

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    ‘Top Dog’ Spiegel Grove is not a beginners’ dive

    We were headed out for a “double dip,” two successive dives, on the purposely sunk wreck of the USS Spiegel Grove, which is considered the backbone of the artificial reef system in the Keys. It lies in 130-feet of water near Dixie Shoals off Key Largo. Dives depths range from 60...

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    No matter how it got to the bottom, The Eagle is a great dive

    “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed!” So announced American Astronaut Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969, when he and fellow Astronaut Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to land on the moon Six hours later, Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the lunar module saying...

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    Sunscreen protects your skin, but damages the reef

    Sunscreen – we all are constantly reminded to use sunscreen to reduce the chance of sunburn or skin cancer, especially when visiting southern Florida from some northern location and your skin is almost as white as the snow where you live. Makes sense, especially for those of us whose friendly...

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    New memories made, and old ones welcomed back

    I answered a call from the dive shop. “Hi Don, can you do “Discover SCUBA Diving (resort course) tomorrow? Without a second thought I answered, “Yup.” “Great, see you in the morning.” After I hung up the phone, a scene from the movie Forrest...

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    From mating to sleeping to hunting, dolphins have it covered

    Our dive boat was cutting tight “donuts” at cruising speed creating waves that any surfer would love. The surfers riding the waves weren’t the human variety but Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.   It was hard to tell who was enjoying the experience the most...

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    Islamorada snorkel tour captain and client save drifting teen

    Don DeLeon likes to come down and fish in mahi tournaments on Capt. Brian Cone's Contagious charter boat. He's been doing it for years. In the process, he's gotten pretty good at scanning the water out in the distance looking for birds, floating weed lines and debris where dolphin are known...

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    Bleaching puts coral diversity at risk

    There have been several recent reports about major events of coral bleaching. Coral reacts to the stress of warmer water by expelling zooxanthellae, the symbiotic photosynthetic algae responsible for nutrient cycling within the coral and the coral’s color. The coral provides algae...

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    The squirrelfish deserves some ink too

    Why am I taking an underwater photo of a squirrelfish (Holocentrus adscensionis)? Is it because of its big “squirrel-like” eyes and beautiful colors? Yup! If you are a big, scary or sought after game fish you get media coverage, especially in a place like the Florida Keys. ...

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    Wreck of the Benwood deserving of some respect

    It was a busy day at the wreck of the Benwood. There were several dive boats tied to the mooring balls. As I approached the wreck, I saw all manner of scuba divers — from those decked out in rebreathers and other technical gear to others who appeared to be finishing up dives to...

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