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Christ of the Abyss (Key Largo)

Christ of the Abyss (Key Largo)



Christ of the Abyss is a 8 1/2 foot, 4,000 pound bronze sculpture of
Jesus Christ that stands in 25 feet of water off of Key Largo, Florida.
It is located near Dry Rocks, about six miles east-northeast of the Key
Largo Cut, in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
This reef is a very shallow dome shaped reef which breaks the surface at low tide on the landward side, and slopes to 25 feet on the seaward side. The statue is one of three cast from a mold by an Italian sculptor
Guido Galletti. It was originally made for Egidi Cressi, the dive equipment manufacturer and later donated to John Pennekamp Coral Reef
State Park in 1966.

The original "Il Christo Degli Abissi" statue was placed in the
Mediterranean Sea off Portofino, Italy, in 1954. In 1961, a second statue
"Christ of the Deep" was cast from the same mold. The Cressi family of
Italy donated the statue to the Underwater Society of America, which in turn donated it to the Florida State Park Service, in recognition of the conservation efforts involved in the creation of America's first underwater park.
The Christ Statue is one of the most famous and visited underwater sites on earth, accessible to divers and snorkelers alike! Shallow high profile spur and groove coral formations are surrounded by relatively flat, coral and sponge encrusted hard bottom, and sand. Large Spotted
Eagle Rays and Southern Stingrays are often sighted near the sandy perimeter.

Christ of the Abyss (Key Largo)
Christ des Abysses est une sculpture en bronze de Jésus Christ de 2,55 m de haut et pesant 1 tonne 8 environ. Cette sculpture se dresse sous 7,5 m d'eau, au large de Key Largo, en Floride. Elle est située près de Dry Rocks, à environ 6 miles à l'E NE de Key Largo, dans le John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park.

Ce récif est un dôme très peu profond qui rompt la surface à marée basse côté terre, et est bordé de pentes de 7,5 m du côté du large. La statue est l'une des trois sculptées à partir d'un moule par un sculpteur italien Guido Galletti. Elle a été faite pour Egidi Cressi, le fabricant de l'équipement de plongée et plus tard remis à John Pennekamp Coral Reef
State Park en 1966.

La statue originale "Il Christo Degli Abissi" a été placée dans la mer Méditerranée au large de Gênes, en Italie, en 1954. En
1961, une seconde statue «Christ of the Deep" a été coulée dans le même moule. La famille Cressi d'Italie fit don de la statue à l'association des plongeurs d'Amérique, qui à son tour, a fait don au Service de la Floride State Park, en reconnaissance des efforts de conservation faits dans la création du premier parc sous-marin d'Amérique.
La statue du Christ est l'une des plus célèbres sites sous-marins visité sur la terre, accessible aux plongeurs en apnée et avec tuba! un éperon peu profond et des formations de corail sont entourés par du corail et des éponges incrustés sur un fond de sable dur. De grande raies léopard et des raies du Sud sont souvent aperçues à proximité du périmètre de sable.

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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (Key Largo)

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Conch Reef (Key Largo)

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E Card Sound anchorage (Key Largo)

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White Bank Dry Rocks (Key largo)

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