|Diver Joe, "The Diver Dude"
Bottom cleaning, hull cleaning, prop removal, prop maintenance, zinc inspection, zinc replacement, lost object recovery, underwater recovery, slavage, underater inspections ...
If it's below the waterline call:
Joe Condon "Diver Joe" at 239-470-2333
or email Joe at: TheDiverDude@gmail.com
Diving services provided in and around Cape Coral and Fort Myers, Florida
Florida is the only state in the continental United States to have extensive shallow coral reef formations near its coasts. These reefs extend from near Stuart, on the Atlantic coast, to the Dry Tortugas, west of Key West, in the Gulf of Mexico. The most prolific reef development occurs seaward of the Florida Keys. The reefs here are spectacular and rival those of many Caribbean areas. Approximately 6,000 coral reefs are found between Key Biscayne and Dry Tortugas.
Florida's coral reefs came into existence 5,000 to 7,000 years ago when sea levels rose following the last Ice Age. Reef growth is extremely slow; an individual colony grows ½ inch to 7 inches (1 cm to 18 cm) a year, depending on the species. Stony corals are the major reef architects. Polyps, the living portion of corals, extract calcium from seawater and combine it with carbon dioxide to construct the elaborate limestone skeletons that form the reef backbone.
Though corals are classified as animals, microscopic plants live within the animal tissues in a symbiotic relationship. The animals benefit from the energy that the plants provide through photosynthesis. The plants are protected within the coral tissues and gain nutrients from animal wastes. Coral reefs create specialized habitats that provide shelter, food and breeding sites for numerous plants and animals. They lay the foundation of a dynamic ecosystem with tremendous biodiversity.
A coral reef off Palm Beach County, Floirda
Photo: Peter Welling