Underwater Habitat Web
cam - Aquarius, an underwater laboratory, is located
at Conch Reef, 4 miles offshore in the Florida Keys National
Marine Sanctuary. The underwater laboratory
rests in a sand plain adjacent to deep coral reefs and
is currently home to a team of 6 people. The image is
refreshed every 15 seconds to a minute depending on activity
at the site and connection speeds. Transmission of images
and data from Aquarius is by a wireless network.
organization is a group promoting offshore
reef development and
site has a number of photos and videos from offshore
Jacksonville and nearby
(their site includes reef areas from the St. Augustine and
- The Association of Underwater Explorers - A coalition
dedicated to the research, exploration,
documentation, and preservation of submerged cultural resources.
This has some very nice articles on and pictures of shipwrecks,
including a special section on shipwrecks in Florida waters.
Alert Network - Divers Alert Network (DAN) is a non-profit
medical and research organization dedicated to the safety
health of recreational scuba divers and associated with
Duke University Medical Center (DUMC). DAN is supportedby
the largest association of recreational divers in the
world. Among other things, DAN provides inexpensive insurance
to cover you if you ever have virtually any kind of dive-related
accident. If you dive, you should be a member of DAN!
- A very nice site specializing in fish ID information. Claims
to have information on over 26,000 species and over 76,000 name
synonyms. Also has a very nice search engine.
Museum of Natural History Ichthyology Department -
Image gallery, biological profiles, shark information.
tropical research, fish and shark meeting and conference
news, and a wealth of other related information. There's
also a section just for kids to introduce them to marine-related
subjects. There are also links to the International Shark
Attack File with related maps, graphs, statistics, and
Research Team - The Jacksonville Reef Research Team
is a non-profit volunteer organization using research
diving to deploy, monitor, and enhance Artificial Reefs
off-shore Jacksonville. Originally begun by members
of, and affiliated with the Jacksonville Scubanauts,
it is now a completely separate organization. It is
the oldest volunteer-based underwater research team
Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) - Home
site of the world's oldest not-for-profit membership
training agency organized solely to support and promote
dive safety through education.
CoastWatch Ocean Product Server - This National Oceanic & Atmospheric
Administration site maintains links for sea surface temperatures,
ocean surface winds, etc.
Marine Environmental Buoy Database
NOAA Marine Environmental Buoy Database (NODC File 291)
is one of the largest and most frequently used data
archives maintained by the NODC. This database holds
wind, wave, and other marine data collected by the NOAA
National Data Buoy Center (NDBC).
National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service -
This National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration site
maintains links to current satellite images for weather and
Coastal Water Temperature Guide - This National
Oceanographic Data Center presents coastal water temperatures
for the county. Click on an area of the map to see an
area temperature chart.
Ocean Portal - This site, an effort of IOC and
UNESCO, Portal is a high-level directory of ocean data
web sites. Its objective is to help scientists and
other ocean experts in locating such data & information.
Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI)
Home site of one of largest dive training agencies.
With 100,000 professional members operating in 175 countries
and territories, PADI Instructors are the most diverse
group of dive educators in the world.
Spearfishing Community -
A great resource for offshore hunting information, gossip,
techniques, etc. There's a good, active forum, a buddy
board, separate sections for discussion of gear, etc.
Most reports include offshore conditions which, with
the current unseasonably cold water, may save a dive