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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Mermaids, Sponge Divers, and Optimists

Published 6/8/2012
First stop: Weeki Wachee Springs, located at the intersection of SR 50 and old US 19, once the principle north-south artery along Florida’s west coast. Geologically speaking, Weeki Wachee is a first magnitude spring, the largest in Florida and perhaps the world. Each day, 177 million gallons of pure water gush from the source, forming the Weeki Wachee River that then flows 12 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. In 2007, divers from the Karst Underwater Research Team explored the spring and attained a depth of 407 feet, but never reached the bottom.
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