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Pickles Reef (Key Largo)

Pickles Reef (Key Largo)

Characteristics

Description

Pickles Reef is located about five and a half nautical miles off the southern part of Key Largo. Visibility is usually 40 to 70 feet, and current isn't ever really too strong.

Pickles Reef has no marker or mooring buoys. The depth of the water here ranges from 10' to 25'. It's located about two and a half miles from
Molasses Reef. The GPS coordinates are 24'59.170N and 080'24.940W.This reef gets its name from a bunch of pickle barrels that are scattered on the ocean floor. The ship carrying them went down after hitting the reef. The barrels were full of cement on there was to either Key West or the
Dry Tortugas. It's thought that the cement was being used in the building of East and West Martello Tower or Fort Jefferson during the
Civil War era.

These barrels are now encrusted with the largest pillar coral in the
Florida Keys. There's an area on the north part of the reef that's called Pillar Coral Forrest. You may need to swim around a little bit to find it, but it's worth the effort. There's also the bones of a shrimp boat that's covered with colorful corals and sponges that add to the beauty of the reef.

1/04/2010
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Jojo
Pickles Reef (Key Largo)
1/04/2010
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Joëlle
Pickles Reef est situé à environ cinq miles et demi marins au large de la partie sud de Key Largo. La visibilité est habituellement de 12 à 21 m, et le courant n'est pas toujours vraiment trop fort.

Pickles Reef n'a pas de marqueur ou de bouées d'amarrage. La profondeur de l'eau ici varie de
10 'à 25'. Il est situé à environ deux miles et demi à partir de Melasse reef. Les coordonnées GPS sont 24'59 ,170 N et 080'24 ,940 W. Cet écueil tient son nom de barils de cornichons qui se sont éparpillés sur le plancher océanique. Le navire les transportant a coulé après avoir heurté le récif. Les fûts étaient remplis de ciment destinés soit à Key West ou à Dry Tortugas. On croit que le ciment était utilisé dans le bâtiment de la Tour Martello ou de Fort Jefferson pendant la Guerre de Sécession.
Ces barils sont maintenant incrustés de corail, formant le plus grand pilier dans les
Keys de Floride. Il y a une zone sur la partie nord du récif qui s'appelle pilier Coral Forrest. Vous avez besoin de nager autour un petit peu pour le trouver, mais ça vaut la peine. Il y a aussi les os d'un crevettier qui est couvert de coraux et d'éponges colorées qui ajoutent à la beauté du récif.

16/04/2012
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JB
Pickles Reef (Key Largo)
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