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"Museums in the Sea" Provides Virtual Dive Into Florida's Underwater Archaeological Preserves

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Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
April 15, 2009

Roger Smith

"Museums in the Sea" Provides Virtual Dive Into Florida's Underwater Archaeological Preserves

Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning today announced the completion of the “Museums in the Sea” project, presenting extensive online resources and information about Florida’s 11 Underwater Archaeological Preserves. Visitors to the online site at www.museumsinthesea.com can choose a shipwreck, take a guided underwater tour of the site, watch a narrated history of the vessel, and observe the marine life that lives in the wreckage.

“Museums in the Sea” provides detailed Web tours of Florida’s 11 Underwater Archaeological Preserves,” said Secretary Browning. “This is another way in which we can share Florida’s unique maritime heritage with the world. Now everyone who has access to the Internet can virtually visit Florida’s living museums in the sea.”

Florida’s Underwater Archaeological Preserves combine heritage, ecological and recreational tourism opportunities at 11 shipwreck locations around the state. The program began in 1987 in response to sites that were nominated by local waterfront communities. Since then, the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research has established the 11 shipwreck parks throughout the state that have become popular attractions for snorkelers and divers.

Each section of the “Museums in the Sea” Web site has photographs and text to accompany the videos, and visitors may download and print the Underwater Preserve brochures and underwater guides. “Museums in the Sea” provides educators with new research material for students, who can use their computers to learn about Florida’s maritime history and marine biology, and see environmental changes that can occur to shipwrecks over time.

The interactive Web site was created by the Bureau of Archaeological Research Underwater Archaeology Team and the Florida Center for Interactive Media, with funding assistance from the Department of Environmental Protection, Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Visit "Museums in the Sea" www.museumsinthesea.com

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