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Myakka River State Park - Deep Hole 2012 Expedition

Discussion in 'Advanced Diver Magazine' started by Curt Bowen, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. Curt Bowen

    Curt Bowen Manta Ray

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    ADM Exploration Foundation - Myakka River State Park - Deep Hole Video

    Myakka River State Park - Deep Hole 2012 Expedition


    The ADM Foundation, along with Sarasota County, and the Florida State park service has joined teams in an attempt to learn more about this karst feature. Due to logistical considerations and threatening wild life conditions, we are currently using side scan sonar units and ROV cameras. BUT an "alligator cage" is being constructed.

    More details when we discover more.
     
  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    Interesting. I recently visited Myakka for the first time in about 30-40 years. Wasn't aware of this, but definitely see the need for an alligator cage!
     
  3. Curt Bowen

    Curt Bowen Manta Ray

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  4. agilis

    agilis Solo Diver

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    I came across the biggest alligator I have ever seen in Myakka about 6 or 7 years ago, in one of the tributaries running into the big lake. I know it sounds like a tall tale, but it must have been at least 15 feet long. I am foolishly casual about gators, but this one froze me in my tracks and had me walking backwards very quietly. About a year later some guy jumped into the lake to cool off while bass fishing, and never came up. They found most of him in a giant alligator. I remember the newspaper quoting his mom as saying that he must have dropped his knife because otherwise he would surely have killed the gator. Myakka is a beautiful place. When I visit friends in Sarasota I always spend time there and at Oscar Scherer park. Fantastic places. If you wander around Myakka you need to be aware of the heavy and fearless alligator population. Watching that video convinced me to make plans for this May or June.
     
  5. Allison Finch

    Allison Finch Solo Diver

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    I was born and raised in Sarasota and spent lots of time there. It was nice seeing it again, even if so briefly.
     
  6. Curt Bowen

    Curt Bowen Manta Ray

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  7. Curt Bowen

    Curt Bowen Manta Ray

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    Myakka River State Park - Deep Hole Expedition

    On March 21[SUP]st[/SUP], Mote Marine’s Jim Culter and I completed the first ever-extensive dive to the bottom of the Myakka River State Parks Deep Hole.

    Our goals were to explore the deepest regions and take note of discoveries and conditions.

    The “Deep Hole” is a natural sink located in the lower Myakka River preserve. It is the house of over 100 alligators ranging from 3 to 14 feet.

    Editorial and Video to come…………

    ADM Exploration Foundation - Myakka River State Park - Deep Hole Expedition

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