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Off the Reef

Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary
Key Largo
Feb. 11, 2006

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This was why I had come down the Keys, to do a little snorkeling. Our skipper Dave took three of us out a few miles off shore to a place where the waves were breaking over a reef. As I pulled on my fins, he told us to look for a pre-Civil War ship's cannon, sunk in the midst of one of the coral domes. It took me nearly an hour, but I eventually found myself staring right at it for a few moments before I realized what it was, encrusted in coral. (That's it in the 2nd photo.)