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June 30, 2001: Weeki Wachee, Florida

"Weeki Wachee"

I had planned on visiting Weeki Wachee on Saturday to get some camera practice in ... lo and behold they called me and asked me to work that weekend.
Diving in the land of the Mermaids:
  • Directions from Tampa: Weeki Wachee is just south of the intersection of State Road 19 and State Road 50. Weeki Wachee is technically it's own city, but I've seen it referred to as part of Brooksville, as well as part of Spring Hill.
  • Conditions on the day of my visit: Sunny, with some clouds ... it was very hot in the early morning until the breeze kicked up.

  • Personal Notes: very normal Weeki Wachee day. Really, the only reason why there's a page up for it is that I took some pictures that were worth putting on display.


With the right positioning, and a little concentration on keeping still, digital stills are usually a little better than something taken with an Mx5. I also managed to get my best shot yet of mullet, as well as my only shot of a mermaid in the water with me.
Weeki Wachee
He wasn't moving so he made an easy subject to shoot.
Wow! A Seahorse! Actually, this is one of the props that is used during shows.
In another decade or so, she'll be on this side of the glass!
Here is a mermaid working on her steps for one of the shows. Finally, photographic proof that I've been in the water with a mermaid!
This shot makes a great comparison to one of the first pictures I took with my Mx5 - A Tree In The Sun. You may have trouble at first believing that this shot was taken underwater ... and at least 20 feet deep, too.
I think the fact that the housing is so big makes taking shots of my own bubbles problematic.
This is a picture of my shadow on the rocks in the crevasse.
I took this shot, wondering what was it that took a chunk out of his dorsal.
Another shot to compare with one of my first pics - The castle.
It's hard to get a good shot of the mullet without the zoom ... they tend to be quite skittish.

Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
124 Weeki Wachee 42 feet 71 min. 73 F
125 Weeki Wachee 49 feet 34 min. 73 F
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