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286--Florida: Swiming with Giants in the Deep
@ CherieSpotting     Apr 14 2005 - 19:09 PST
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Massive Jewfish are common around the Dry Tortugas, a group of islands 70 miles from Key West, Florida.  I snapped this shot of the mammoth grouper swimming with Greg.

Massive Jewfish are common around the Dry Tortugas, a group of islands 70 miles from Key West, Florida. I snapped this shot of the mammoth grouper swimming with Greg.

He's at least twice as big as me!

He's at least twice as big as me!

I think you did something to make him mad.

I think you did something to make him mad.

Greg tries to hide behind the grouper, but I can still see his fin!

Greg tries to hide behind the grouper, but I can still see his fin!

The one that got away.  That's a hook trailing from the lip of this old fish.

The one that got away. That's a hook trailing from the lip of this old fish.

It's hard to imagine how big these grouper are without a person in the shot for perspective.

It's hard to imagine how big these grouper are without a person in the shot for perspective.

Greg swims by and gets "erffed" at by the grouper.

Greg swims by and gets "erffed" at by the grouper.

Who can stay down longer?

Who can stay down longer?

A Jewfish, a giant sea bass, can grow up 8-ft and reach 700 pounds.

A Jewfish, a giant sea bass, can grow up 8-ft and reach 700 pounds.

Greg tickles the little baby grouper.

Greg tickles the little baby grouper.

Greg gets ready for another underwater voyage.

Greg gets ready for another underwater voyage.

Landing the dinghy on Garden Key.

Landing the dinghy on Garden Key.

A view of Scirocco from Ft. Jefferson.

A view of Scirocco from Ft. Jefferson.

This beach was the creation of a recent hurricane that tore through Florida.

This beach was the creation of a recent hurricane that tore through Florida.

Honey, we need to talk.

Honey, we need to talk.

This beach is just too crowded.  I was looking for something a bit more isolated.

This beach is just too crowded. I was looking for something a bit more isolated.

Cherie and Greg at Ft. Jefferson.

Cherie and Greg at Ft. Jefferson.

Are those brains washed up on the beach?

Are those brains washed up on the beach?

Seaweed is good for your brain.  It also looks like your brain.

Seaweed is good for your brain. It also looks like your brain.

I found a sand-dollar!  That's like money in the bank!

I found a sand-dollar! That's like money in the bank!

Detail of coral.  It's alive!  It's alive!

Detail of coral. It's alive! It's alive!

The slow moving sea slug.  Does it leave a slimy trail in the water?

The slow moving sea slug. Does it leave a slimy trail in the water?

No one will see me here.

No one will see me here.

Coral and worms add a just a splash of underground color to the reef.

Coral and worms add a just a splash of underground color to the reef.

This yellowhead jawfish is digging a hole.

This yellowhead jawfish is digging a hole.

The peaceful colors of coral.

The peaceful colors of coral.

Who would ever think that this "bug" would taste so good.

Who would ever think that this "bug" would taste so good.

From this view, the lobster looks like a creepy spider.

From this view, the lobster looks like a creepy spider.

This porkfish doesn't really like swine.

This porkfish doesn't really like swine.

A wave from Cherie.

A wave from Cherie.

A great barracuda comes to check us out.

A great barracuda comes to check us out.

School's in session.

School's in session.

The scrawled filefish is better known as the "funky fish."

The scrawled filefish is better known as the "funky fish."

Crab fight--everyone stay back.

Crab fight--everyone stay back.

Cherie gets a closer look.

Cherie gets a closer look.

Smooth trunkfish.

Smooth trunkfish.

What did the fish say when it ran into concrete?  Damn.

What did the fish say when it ran into concrete? Damn.

Excuse me, where is the runway?

Excuse me, where is the runway?

Sure you can land your plane in the ancorage; just watch out for the masts.

Sure you can land your plane in the ancorage; just watch out for the masts.

Greg finds an old anchor.

Greg finds an old anchor.

Cherie by the old Spanish wreck.

Cherie by the old Spanish wreck.

Greg by the crusty underwater canons.

Greg by the crusty underwater canons.

Cherie free-diving on the 18th century wreck.

Cherie free-diving on the 18th century wreck.

Typical...even underwater, I'm smiling.

Typical...even underwater, I'm smiling.

Maybe we're not the first to find this wreck?

Maybe we're not the first to find this wreck?

The Dry Tortugas is a place where snorkelers have the sea all to themselves.  Can you find the people in this photo?

The Dry Tortugas is a place where snorkelers have the sea all to themselves. Can you find the people in this photo?

Cute little eel.  That's either a sign of great affection, or someone (not me!) pissed him off.

Cute little eel. That's either a sign of great affection, or someone (not me!) pissed him off.