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Weeki Wachee's depths and beauty humble researchers

Postby Wayne Harrison » Sep 9, 2007 10:02 am

St. Petersburg Times

WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. --It's a world of sapphire blue, with boulders as big as houses and passages wide enough to accommodate a jumbo jet.

To a diver who has explored the deep, naturally formed Weeki Wachee Springs, there's one word to describe being 403 feet down.

"Humbling," said Brett Hemphill. "When you're that deep, you might as well be between the Earth and the moon."

As part of the Tampa's Karst Underwater Research team, Hemphill, 40, and 19 other divers have confirmed that the home of the world-famous mermaids is indeed the deepest spring in the United States.

"Some of the rooms were so large that I had to focus on one wall and make sure my compass was pointing the right way," Hemphill said. "There were sections where you could see formations that looked like piles of bones."

<a href="http://www.bradenton.com/331/story/141797.html">via Bradenton Herald</a>
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Postby Walter Pickel » Sep 10, 2007 7:47 am

You can find a more detailed summary of this 2007 Weeki Wachee Springs Exploration here - http://www.tampadiving.com/weekiwachee/
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