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    Florida’s artificial reef system has a rich history

    A large school of gray snapper is swimming directly at me. I aim my camera and press the shutter button just before several of the reddish gray fish bump into me. Cool. 


    Biologist breaks undersea-living record

    On Saturday Oct. 18, Roane State adjunct instructor Jessica Fain, 25, broke the record for a female to live continuously under the sea in a saturated environment, where body tissues absorb or become saturated with the maximum amount of nitrogen for a given depth. 


    Preservation areas needed for reef’s survival

    Most active scuba divers are aware and concerned about the deterioration of reefs, and the rapid decline in the health of the ocean and its inhabitants caused by both human use and abuse and natural causes.


    A spooky, soggy Halloween story – only in the keys

    Once upon a time, deep beneath the surface of the ocean, the fish swam peacefully among the corals and sea fans, completely unaware of what was to fall upon them.


    But did you ever carve a pumpkin… .underwater?

    A crafty group of divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to carve jack-o-lanterns during the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest   Sunday  off Key Largo. Underwater artists of all ages dove with knives to pare fun-loving...


    Professors continue record-breaking underwater living attempt

    I fin under the Jules Undersea Lodge located 25 feet deep in a quiet lagoon in Kay Largo and drift up into the opening known as a “moon pool.”  Movie goers might remember seeing these in adventure films or James Bond movies.


    Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Mike Gernhart visit sea lab project

    Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Mike Gernhart dived into the Jules Undersea Lodge Lagoon in Key Largo lagoon Thursday to take part in a broadcast entitled “The Sea and Space Connection” discussing how the undersea environment is used to train astronauts. They joined Roane State associate...


    They’re baaaack

    It has been a great dive. The water is calm; the underwater visibility is good; we have seen several nurse sharks, a southern stingray, morey eel and clouds of reef fish. Everyone is happy.


    Attempt at record-breaking underwater stay begins

    Roane State associate professor of biology Bruce Cantrell and adjunct instructor Jessica Fain dived into the Jules’ Undersea Lodge Lagoon in Key Largo Friday to live and work underwater for a record-breaking 73 days. The next time they will see the sun will be Dec. 15. The current...


    Southern stingray’s conservation status is not known

    Cruising over the sandy bottom next to the ledge of the reef the pressure is on. Before we entered the water the dive-boat captain announced that we probably would see southern stingrays, green moray eels, nurse sharks, a variety of tropical fish and maybe a turtle.

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