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post #1 of Old 07-27-2011 Thread Starter
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Unhappy dead reefs

Just got back from sailing in the fl. Keys. made it down to Key West an back up to Coconut Grove. Dove on the reefs down in Key Largo on Molassess Reef. Its dead. We were on our 42 Vagabond and grabbed one of the moorings. Surrounded by 8 or 10 dive boats all with tourist, snorkling and scuba. we dove over the side and luckly had fins on, the current was strong and might have taken me away if not for the fins! The reef thou was 95% dead. Maybe 5% had living coral, the rest was gray an filled with sea grass for the colorful fish to feed on. I lived in the Keys in the 70's and it was a real living reef. I know, 'the good old days' but I don't think all those tourist knew what they were witnessing. Has anyone else experinced this?
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