Rafael Lima

Colonial Shipwrecks in Biscayne National Park

National park archeologists survey the newly exposed wreck of the HMS Fowey. Photo courtesy of the National Parks Service

I surface dive into the sun dappled water; my swim fins propel me below to a span of only ten feet. In the vertical stabs of sunlight the vague shape of a ship’s hull materializes against the sugar white sand: …

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Dive Shipwrecks Along Maritime Heritage Trail

Mapping the Erl King. All photos courtesy of National Park Service

New Year’s Eve, 1965, a gleaming Brigantine schooner sailed on a brisk north wind toward the lights of Miami. Mandalay, elegant in her mahogany, brass and ivory trim, rose and fell above the waves while 23 well-heeled vacationers strolled her …

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Florida Kayak Trail Beckons Paddlers

Photo by Rafael Lima

Your kayak slows over turquoise water only a few inches deep. Something shimmers ahead – a heat mirage? It looks like houses in crayon colors: yellow, green, red and blue, somehow hovering weightlessly over the bay. Squinting now – no, …

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Shark Diving in Bimini Bahamas

Photo Credit: Grant Johnson.

The slit mouth yawns open. Upper and lower jaws unhinge and the gums peel back over the jaw bone. Rows of pearl-white triangular teeth appear in jagged semi-circular rows. The muscular body flexes, accelerating the shark faster than you thought …

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