51 Garden Cove Drive
Florida Keys, FL 33037
tel: (305) 451-3020
For some 30 years, legendary dive-master Captain Spencer Slate has befriended, nurtured and fed slithery sea creatures at coral reefs off Key Largo in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Captain Slate, who has become a celebrity in the Florida Keys in both diving and non-diving circles, loves the ocean and is very environmentally conscious; he is always coming up with new, interesting ideas to promote his business and share the place he lives with those who visit.
Every Friday morning, divers and snorkelers can join Slate on a "Creature Feature" dive excursion where he pets moray eels and feeds barracuda and other denizens of the deep. Slate gives dive visitors an up-close and personal introduction to many of his underwater pals.
Divers can even "hug" a moray eel and tickle its tummy. Snorkellers also can enjoy the show and interact with fish brought closer to the surface by staff from the sandy bottom 25 to 30 feet below.
One of the excursion's highlights demonstrates the trust between Slate and his undersea friends. Slate holds bait clenched in his teeth, and a silver bullet-like barracuda named Lightning strikes just centimetres from his dive mask to take it.