KEY LARGO, Florida Keys – She might be entering her 31st year in the scuba diving business, but Amy Slate has not lost an ounce of her enthusiasm for diving, ocean preservation or the Key Largo community she has called home since the 1970s. Owner and operator of Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort, she is living a dream of being connected to marine life that began when she was a child growing up in Miami.
Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort 19th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest. A fun filled buddy challenge to create the most unique jack o’lantern underwater during BOTH dives of the morning charter.
According to Amy Slate of Amoray Dive Resort in Key Largo, while corals use multiple reproductive strategies, nearly all large, reef-building species release millions of gametes once a year in synchronized mass-spawning rituals. These spectacular displays allow the stationary animals to mix genetically and disperse offspring over great distances.This method of reproduction, called “broadcast spawning,” enables the immobile animals to send their eggs and sperm into the water in massive quantities. When egg and sperm unite, the resulting larval-stage “planula” swims to the surface to drift in the current and grow. After some time — two days to two months — the planula settles to the bottom where it grows into a polyp. The polyp grows into a coral head by asexual budding that creates new polyps.
A notary public used an underwater slate for the exchange of vows during the wedding ceremony, witnessed by friends and other divers aboard a boat from Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort in Key Largo. Their wedding marked the 50th anniversary of the Christ statue, which was submerged Aug. 25, 1965
An innovative nonprofit called the Coral Reef Restoration Foundation has been working since 2001 to reverse this disturbing trend. Now, on select dates this September and October, tourists who are certified divers can work with the foundation to put corals back on the reefs.
In the only Key that gets individually namedropped by the Beach Boys on Kokomo, I embark on a pair of religious experiences, gorging myself on mouthwatering key lime chocolate truffles and swimming with Jesus. Amy and Justin, the brother-sister tandem behind Amoray Dive Resort shepherd my crew a few miles into the deep blue aboard a 26-foot Glacier Bay catamaran.