Saturday, January 3, 2015

Diving Devil's Den Florida on New Year's Eve 2014, Video No. 1 - YouTube

I went on a four day diving trip with Lynnhaven Dive Center (Virginia Beach, VA), starting with Devil's Den near Williston, Florida, south of Gainsville, on New Year's Eve. Here is the first video from the first dive I made. Devil's Den is a karst window, in which the roof over a subterranean river has collapsed, exposing the water to the open surface, It's considered a cavern in commercial travel parlance, with rock formations millions of years old. It does have caves that extend even deeper than the cavern area depth of 60 plus feet, but those are off-limits to the public, too dangerous for anyone but certified cave divers. I shot this with a SeaLife DC600.

More tidbits: Devil's Den is also recognized as a prehistoric site. by the State of Florida because of the many varied fossils found in the cavern and adjoining caves, including the bones of a human male dating to 7500 B.C. A partial mastodon skeleton was also recovered and put on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.  Other remains include Pleistocene species such as ground sloths, camels, horses, dire wolves, bog lemmings, Florida spectacled bears, saber-toothed cats, and peccaries.

VIDEO LINK: Diving Devil's Den Florida on New Year's Eve 2014, Dive No. 1 - YouTube

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