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Dive, dive, diving Marathon, Florida [Video]

This past week was spent working and catching up on chores. Finally, we went diving! Sombrero Reef is about 4 miles offshore from Marathon Marina which makes it very convenient to get in a few quick dives without all the travel time. A National Marine Sanctuary, the reef is marked by a 140 foot lighted tower and averages depths from 5-30 feet making it excellent for both snorkelers and divers. Visibility was an issue (at about 15′) when we went and there seemed to be a lot of debris or nutrients in the water giving it the feel that it was “snowing” underwater. But the coral formation is a-m-a-z-i-n-g and it has several elkhorn coral structures (my favorite type of coral). Sea life and fish were abundant and it was such a beautiful dive. Favorite sights were lobster, flamingo tongue, and a lionfish (an invasive species here in the Keys).

Blue Turtle moored to a ball
Blue Turtle moored to a ball
Sombrero Reef lighted tower
Sombrero Reef lighted tower
A colorful parrotfish
A colorful parrotfish
Flamingo Tongue
Flamingo Tongue
Christmas tree worms
Christmas tree worms
White Christmas tree worms on brain coral
White Christmas tree worms on brain coral

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