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Ginnie Springs
Santa Fe River, Florida
June 5th-12th, 2009

Photos by: Rick Jacquot and Jerry Fortenberry

We had our first season trip to Florida in June. Jerry was teaching an open water class with his son Bill. I went down a few days earlier to dive the river. Jerry and the class arrived Sunday. The river was about 4-5 feet higher than normal due to all the rain Florida had been getting. It was very dark as well, but not for us Cooper River divers! I just pulled out my trusty HID UK 100 dive light and hit the river hard in search of fossils.

This was the first official trip for the MAGMA Dive Team. Our team consists of Me, Jerry, Sandy and Tena. Let me know if you're interested in joining the team and joining us for some dive trips. Thanks to Pete Mailman for the cool dive team banner!

When I first arrived in Florida, the weather was looking pretty rough, but it cleared out the next day for over a week of diving fun. (Don't you like it when the guy in the car next to you is taking pictures at 75 mph!)

My first day on the Santa Fe River was fantastic. When you are on the river and no one is around, it looks like a prehistoric landscape. If you look close, you can see a mammoth hiding in the trees.

Jerry and some of his students.

All fossils pictured are from the Pleistocene epoch, 1.8 mya-10,000 years ago.

Piece of deer antler recovered from the river bottom.

Fused turtle shell.

Antler sections with gator feeding damage.

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