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Three-dimensional maps in full color of each site illustrate 27 of the most spectacular dives in the Florida Keys. These maps offer what no book has ever before provided: the information needed to plan your dive down to the last detail. You can review the exact layout of the site--including depths, sizes, and distances between reefs and wrecks or any hazards--and even the lighting conditions for optimum underwater photography. The short chapters covering each dive provide crucial data about depths, currents, weather variables, and plant and animal life, and each book ends with a full-color visual encyclopedia of the most common fish that inhabit the area.
The experts' lively text has been vetted by Diving Science and Technology Corp. (DSAT), which is a corporate affiliate of Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), making these the most reliable guides for the expert as well as the first-time diver.
Other Details: Full-color throughout 168 pages 8 1/4 x 8 1/4" Published 1998
|Publisher:||Abbeville Publishing Group|
|Series:||Abbeville's Dive Guides to the World's Best Sites Series|
|Edition description:||Revised Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.28(w) x 11.44(h) x 0.43(d)|
Read an Excerpt
I made my first dive in the Florida Keys in 1971, on Elbow Reef. I still remember the dive vividly--there was so much life and the bright sun made the colors so intense. Memorable images filled the dive. On top of a ridge I saw a green moray eel slither by a closely packed school of iridescent blue-and-yellow grunts beneath a towering tree of golden brown elkhorn coral. In the clear blue water overhead a dozen silver barracuda hovered, motionless, perfectly lined up and reminiscent of arrows in a target.
From 1984 to 1987 I managed the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary. I became very familiar with the reefs in the Upper Keys and learned to revere the diversity of their underwater life. Every day held the promise of learning something new about the ocean. I discovered that there are few ecological communities on earth with the beauty, resilience, and fragility of these coral reefs.
I have made hundreds of dives here since then, and the reefs have had a special gift for me each time. Schools of surgeonfish, picking at the algae on the base of the elkhorn branches, enveloped me on Carysfort Reef. Green sea turtles looked right into my mask on Sombrero Reef. A helmet conch crawled slowly over my hand on the sand at Key Largo Dry Rocks. A great hammerhead shark gave me goose bumps at Looe Key. Four silver tarpon swam circles around me at Pickles Reef. A family of spotted eagle rays glided by me on Molasses Reef. Once a pod of 5 bottlenose dolphins swam right up to me in 4 feet (1.2 meters) of water in Florida Bay. Not every dive has offered such dramatic images, but they have all been a delight.
The Florida Keys are waiting to give their gifts to you, too. Come andsee the magic of life beneath the water here. Take some time before you come to learn about the corals, fish, and marine invertebrates you will see. Spend some time poking around the sea grass and patch reefs, and paddle a canoe through the mangroves. Find out how all these creatures rely on each other. You will go home with the gift of memories you couldn't get anywhere else. You can return the gift by diving the reefs with care--you will earn the respect of everyone who loves the Florida Keys.
Table of Contents
|South Carysfort Reef||38|
|The City of Washington||46|
|North North Dry Rocks||54|
|Key Largo Dry Rocks (The Christ of the Abyss)||58|
|Sombrero Reef and Delta Shoal||110|
|Looe Key Intermediate and Deep Reefs||118|
|The Cayman Salvage Master||122|
|Nine Foot Stake||130|
|Western Dry Rocks||138|
|The Fish of the Florida Keys||142|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Good useful information but inferior photographer,otherwise this would be a good book to have, just cut out the pictures and replace them with any scuba magazine's. Save your money, there are better books out there on the subject of the Fla. Keys.