Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Wedding at Christ of the Deep statue. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Underwater Wedding Helps Mark 50th Anniversary Of Keys Icon

A Miami couple is to be married Tuesday to help mark the 50th anniversary of the installation of an iconic underwater statue off the Florida Keys.

CBS Miami–08/25/2015

Kaitlin Goddard, left, costumed as superhero, blows through an artist's flying fish whistle Saturday, July 11, 2015, during the Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. At right is mermaid Sarah Brunner. The annual event attracted hundreds of divers and snorkelers who listened to a local radio station's four-hour broadcast piped beneath the sea via underwater speakers, featuring music programmed for the subsea listening experience as well as coral reef conservation messages. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Hundreds Gather For Underwater Radio Broadcast In Florida

Hundreds of divers and snorkelers took to the sea to listen to a local radio’s four-hour broadcast in the ocean at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

07/11/2015

Volunteers with the Coral Restoration Foundation plant staghorn coral clippings on a reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Monday, June 8, 2015, off Key Largo, Fla. About 70 CRF divers are endeavoring to plant at least 1,000 staghorn corals to help enhance six reefs off the upper Florida Keys. The project, dubbed Plantapalooza, is being staged in conjunction with World Oceans Day and if successful, will be CRF's most prolific single-day planting output. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Florida Keys Celebrates World Oceans Day with Coral ‘Plantapalooza’

In recognition of World Oceans Day, the Florida Keys-based Coral Restoration Foundation is staging its first-ever “Plantapalooza” Monday during which CRF staff, interns, board members and volunteers hope to plant at least 1,000 reef-building staghorn corals in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

06/08/2015

Spencer Slate, garbed as Santa Claus, scuba dives in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, off Islamorada, Fla. Each year, Slate dons the costume to provide underwater holiday photo opportunities for his dive shop customers as a fundraiser to sponsor Christmas gifts for a local children's charity.  (Frazier Nivens/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)


Scuba Diving Santa Submerges In Florida Keys Sanctuary

A Florida Keys version of Santa Claus ditched the sleigh and instead took to the sea.

12/20/2014

The hands of Wayne Cline cradle his winning seahorse entry created during the Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. Cline was among a group of divers who submerged 30 feet beneath the surface about six miles off Key Largo to carve jack-o-lanterns during the contest organized by the Amoray Dive Resort. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Spirit Of Halloween Comes Alive At Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest

A crafty group of divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to carve jack-o-lanterns during the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest Sunday off Key Largo.

10/20/2014

Pennekamp Anniversary

FIU, NOAA Partner To Manage Keys Marine Sanctuary

Florida International University is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help manage the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

10/04/2014

Keys Aquarium Encounters

Keys Aquarium Offers Up Close Encounters With Marine Wildlife

A newly opened aquarium in Marathon is offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves, touch, feel and feed marine wildlife.

08/30/2014

Scuba diver on coral reef. (Source: CBS4)

‘Street View’ Goes Under The Sea In The Florida Keys

Much like “street view” mapping—which is available for pretty much every street throughout the country—scientists are working on bringing views of underwater wonders to a computer or smartphone screen near you.

08/13/2014

Retired Army Sgt. First Class Billy Costello, center, who lost his right leg while stationed in Afghanistan, dives with the use of a prosthetic to help transplant coral Monday, July 28, 2014, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. 
(Source: Joe Berg/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Vets, Teens Transplant Corals In Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary

A dozen wounded veterans are wrapping up several days of diving in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Tuesday to help transplant corals on a special section of the reef set aside as a remembrance area for fallen American service personnel.

07/29/2014

Divers complete deploying a huge American flag Friday, July 4, 2014, on the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a former military troop transport and missile-tracking ship scuttled more than five years ago off Key West, Fla., in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary as an artificial reef. The 30- by 40-foot flag, formerly flew at a Morris, Illinois, memorial park for Sept. 11, 2001, New York City terrorists' attack victims. But the flag was scheduled for retirement after being badly tattered by weather. It was to be retired after being tattered by weather, but  Morris attorney Scott Belt conceived the idea of mending the flag and unfurling it on the Vandenberg.  (Joe Berg/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Divers Deploy 9/11 Memorial Flag on Key West Shipwreck

Divers in the Florida Keys decided to honor their country on July 4th by attaching a 9/11 memorial flag to a historic shipwreck.

07/05/2014

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