COPY-Divers say Weeki Wachee is 400 feet deep

Associated Press - July 3, 2007 6:54 AM ET

WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. (AP) - Two divers say the mermaids at Weeki Wachee have plenty of room for swimming -- 400-foot-deep caves that may be the deepest underwater cave system in the country.

Divers from the Tampa-based Karst Underwater Research say the ongoing drought has helped them determine that the caves are at least 400 feet deep.

The dry conditions on land have dropped the usually heavy water flow in the crystal-clear springs. Over the weekend, the conditions were right for the divers to see how low they could go. The divers say when they got to 350 feet below the water surface, they could see the cave turn and continue farther down toward a pit.

The divers plan to drop into the springs again this weekend.

Information from: St. Petersburg Times, http://www.sptimes.com

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