Greater Fort Lauderdale has long been known as one of the country's finest beach destinations, but in more recent times it has become known for its underwater habitats off the shore of its 23 miles of coastline. Those dive sites have now been captured on in The Wrecks and Reefs of Greater Fort Lauderdale, a colorful, new 20-minute scuba diving video produced by George Monteiro of Sea-Cam. Divers from around the world, have acknowledged that Greater Fort Lauderdale's spectacular three-tiered natural reef system, offering, in many locations, quick access from the destination's numerous beaches, is difficult to match. In addition, there are more than 80 artificial reefs created through a carefully developed program to enhance the growth of marine animal and plant life in the region. In recent years artificial reefs have been developed by sinking everything from a 435-foot freighter 200 feet beneath the surface to a 94-foot DC-4 airplane to create a diver's delight for exploration and an abundance of fish for anglers. Listed below are Greater Fort Lauderdale's Top Wrecks according to Sport Diver Magazine: Sea Empress/Aqua Zoo -- Upside down barge 60-75 ft Tenneco Towers -- Submerged Oil Rigs 65-110 ft Captain Dan -- 175-ft Coast Guard cutter 85-110 ft Jay Scutti -- 100-ft tugboat 50-75 ft Hog Heaven -- 180-ft barge with concrete debris 45-65 ft Guy Harvey -- 170-ft freighter 115-142 ft Jim Atria -- 240-ft freighter 90-135 ft Mercedes -- 198-ft freighter 75-95 ft Union Express -- 170-ft freighter 110 ft Qualmann Tugs -- Two tugboats, 85-ft schooner 80-85 ft Rodeo 25 -- 215-ft freighter 90-130 ft The video is available free by calling 800-22-SUNNY, and comes with a free, interactive CD-Rom. For more information about Greater Fort Lauderdale and a free copy of the destination's Vacation Planner, contact:
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