Kid Review: Sombrero Reef

September 28th, 2008  |  by  |  Published in FunBlog, Reviews By Kids

While on Marathon Key with the Miami Fun Guide crew, we explored Sombrero Reef. The screw-pile lighthouse above the reef is the only landmark separating Marathon Key from Key West. About eight miles off shore from the seven-mile bridge, the reef is strictly regulated as a Sanctuary Preservation Area (meaning you can look but don’t touch or take).

Sombrero Reef is one of the largest and most magnificent coral reefs in the Middle Keys. We saw brain finger coral, lettuce coral and gorgorian coral. A few colorful schools of fish came to welcome us on our snorkeling trip: yellow tail snappers, sargeant majors, blue parrotfish, and bar jacks. Some scary sea animals that people in our party saw were barracudas, jellyfish, southern stingrays, and nurse sharks. Although we saw many creatures, the strong current prevented us from swimming through the famous six-foot coral limestone Arch. 🙂

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