Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

The Dry Tortugas National Park is located in the Gulf of Mexico west of the bottom tip of Florida. Fort Jefferson lies in the center of the islands that make up the park. About 60,000 tourist come to the park each year taking either a boat or a small sea plane. Vistors like to snorkel, fish, and scuba dive. Dry Tortugas first became a national park on January 4, 1935. The park covers almost 74 square miles and is the western most section of the Florida Keys.

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Dry Tortugas National Park

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Dry Tortugas National Park Photos

Upside Down Jellyfish from Below

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Upside Down Jellyfish from Below

Upside Down Jellyfish from Below

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Coral

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Dry Tortugas Coaling Docks Sunrise

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Brown Pelican in Flight

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Brown Pelican in Flight, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

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Diving Pelican

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Diving Pelican, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

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Casement Window View - Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

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Casement Window View - Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

About 68 miles west of Key West, Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico lie seven islands that make up Dry Tortugas National Park. It is unusual in that 99% of its area is made up of water that make it ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, fishing and kayaking. The other unusual fact is that it is home of a massive, unfinished fort, Fort Jefferson. The fort is huge, being the largest masonry structure in America, comprised of over 16 million bricks. Construction began in 1846 and was thought to become a fort that would aid in suppressing piracy in the Caribbean. It was used during the Civil War as a holding place for Union soldiers that had committed mutinous acts. The fort ultimately was never finished due to fears that the island might not be able to support the weight that finishing the fort would require. Walking around this huge fort is certainly a trip back in history. Every crook and cranny has something of interest. Each casement window, like this one, has a different look to discover.

Beautiful Blues of Dry Tortugas

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Camping in Dry Tortugas National Park

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Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida; June 25, 2019.

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Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida; June 25, 2019.

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Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida; June 25, 2019.

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Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida; June 25, 2019.

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Seagrass; Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida; June 26, 2019.

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Seagrass; Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida; June 26, 2019.

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Wes and Theo Pratt

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Nurse shark researchers Wes and Theo Pratt; Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida. June 26, 2019.

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Seagrass; Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida; June 26, 2019.

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Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida; June 25, 2019.

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Seagrass; Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida; June 26, 2019.

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Emerald Dreams

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I want to Fly.
The view from the cockpit of our seaplane flight.
I could do this every day.

Underwater scene, Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys

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Underwater scene, Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys

Fish include gray snappers, bluestriped grunt, chubs, and a sea bream (a porgy species). Dry Tortugas is a small island group 68 miles (109 km) west of Key West. I was a little disappointed by the underwater visibility here during my short day visit from Key West. It was only about 25 feet when I initially got in the water and gradually decreased to 20 feet after about an hour. However, fish were abundant and coral growth was profuse on the old coal dock pilings. Going back to Key West we saw many flying fish from the bow of the "Yankee Freedom" ferry.