Underwater Expert: Fish Population in "Excellent Condition"

Dr. Heyward Mathews narrates latest update from Veterans Reef off Clearwater Beach

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (August 18, 2010) - Strap on your virtual scuba gear---Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is going back under.

The latest installment of our Underwater Updates returns to Veterans Reef off Clearwater Beach where Dr. Heyward Mathews and his St. Pete College scuba students come face-to-gills with schools of Tomtate Grunt (pictured), Sardines and even a Goliath Grouper. 

As if the visuals of countless fish scampering in all directions aren't enough, Dr. Mathews' narration drives the point home loud and clear: the fish population in the area is in "excellent condition." 

The two-and-a-half minute reef tour is full of vibrant, colorful undersea imagery---particularly red algae and soft coral---both the Purple and Yellow Sea Whips---which serve as a home and hiding place for small crustaceans and fish. The tour also follows divers into the hull of a barge submerged in 50 feet of water---a favorite refuge of snapper, grouper and other popular local species. 

The underwater project is among the latest in VSPC's efforts to deliver the message that the St. Pete/Clearwater area is wholly unaffected by the BP Oil Spill. To see the first three video updates from earlier this summer, visit our "Wide Open Beaches" landing page. 

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida. 

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For more information: VisitStPeteClearwater.com
Contact: Public Relations Manager: Josh@VisitSPC.com
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