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Photo 1: The Urca de Lima Underwater Archaeological Preserve today. [Photo 1] with link to larger version of photo.
(Photo by John Loupinot)

The Urca de Lima wreck site lies approximately 200 yards from shore in 10-15 feet of water. The ship remains on a natural reef composed of coral, sponges, and marine vegetation.

Photo 2: The San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve today. [Photo 2] with link to larger version of photo.
(Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research)

The San Pedro wreck site lies in 18 feet of water south of Indian Key. The ballast mound provided the foundation for an artificial reef, and the shipwreck is home to a variety of marine life.

Questions for Photos 1 and 2

1. What shipwreck features do you think are shown in Photo 1 and Photo 2?

2. Why might divers and snorkelers want to visit these shipwreck sites today? Would visiting an underwater shipwreck be something you might enjoy while on vacation? Why or why not?

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