HTDF Marine Life Encounter in Key Largo

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B-ROLL UNDERWATER FOOTAGE

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VO:   Florida has a unique marine life that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Even though these precious sea creatures are part of an aquatic existence just a few feet away from our beautiful shoreline, so few of us get to catch a glimpse of them.
CHAD INTRO ON CAMERA UNDERWATER[:05] [Chad underwater intro]
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B-ROLL KEY LARGO

VO: About an hour south of Miami is Key Largo – the northernmost and largest in a long line of islands known as our Florida Keys. Key Largo is widely known as the Diving Capital of the World, and a great place for a quick tropical getaway without need for a passport. Coral reefs, historic shipwrecks and marine sanctuaries make Key Largo the perfect destination for underwater exploration.
CHAD IN MUSEUM01:35:55-01:36:13

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CHAD AT HELIUM BAR

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CHAD: Hey, when you come to the Keys, you gotta check out the history of diving museum. It’s an amazing display of man’s quest to conquer the deep. Tell you what. You wanna know the coolest thing we found? Come with me.http://edit

CHAD: The Helium Bar.   He, he, he, man. I’m a little lightheaded!

B-ROLL CAPTAIN SLATE

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VO: One of the best dives in the area is Captain Slate’s “Creature Feature.” He and his underwater “pets” have entertained divers for nearly 30 years. It’s a great place to explore the undersea world up close and personal.
CHAD MEETS CAPTAIN SLATE ON BOAT01:00:09-01:00:19

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CAPT GETS BROKEN MASK

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CAPT SHOWS CHAD BROKEN MASK

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CHAD TO CAMERA

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CHAD TO BEN

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CAPT: Chad, how you doing?CHAD: Captain Slate, how you doing, sir?

CAPT: All excited about going down. Let’s go out there and have some fun. Have you ever been out with me before? Well, you’re going to enjoy the “Creature Feature.”

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CHAD: So, now are you the guy that feeds fish out of your face…or your mouth?

CAPT: I am.   Sometimes it has been my face.

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CAPT: I have something neat to show you.

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CHAD: Whattya got in there, Captain?

CAPT: Well, Chad, I’m going to show what you don’t do on your first dive. When you mentioned the barracuda. This is my mask, the type of mask I wear. I was wearing this one day, and my big barracuda, Psycho at the time…he missed. So, that’s what he did to my mask. I was very lucky. I got a black eye in the deal, but no permanent skid marks. So, that was a good deal.

CHAD: Holy mackerel.   This is like serious rubber here. He just went through that like it was just…

CAPT: Fortunately, most of the time they just hit the rim of the mask and knock it off but…this time he came a little close. I was not ready for him, and he was ready for me. So, I wasn’t quick enough that day, but I’ve been good since.

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CHAD: Creature feature right here. Matinee.

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CHAD: So, uh, a barracuda did this to your mask?

CAPT: Yeah.

CHAD: Ben, is there something else that you want to do? Something with the dolphins or something?

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GRAPHICS/MAP[:10] VO: Today’s dive – the City of Washington – a ship that sank in 1917 and is now part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Shipwreck Trail.
CHAD AND CAPTAIN AT HELM01:05:49-01:06:00

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CHAD: How are we doing, Captain? We got a pretty day out there.CAPT: I’m talking about flat calm. What do we got?   One foot ripple. That’s pretty nice. Not even a foot of sea.

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CHAD AND CAPTAIN AT HELM01:17:34-01:17:54

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CHAD: So Captain, someone wants to have this close encounter marine life. What’s the first thing they should do?CAPT: Well, they should go to a professional feeder, or interaction dive because you don’t want to swim up and try to pet a moray eel or try to pet a shark. You don’t want to touch these animals unless you’re with someone who has done it and knows how to do it and take care of yourself.

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CHAD: So, Captain we’re going out to almost like an underwater zoo out here, aren’t we?

CAPT: Well, that’s what it’s called. It’s called an underwater zoo. But, it’s also called Aquarium Atlantic. So, they’re actually in the open ocean.

CHAD: It’s almost like an aquarium, except that I don’t have to clean that aquarium.

CAPT: No pumps. You just go out there and have fun.   International environment.

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CAPT: And, that’s what so beautiful about it. They can swim in, they can come out, they can go and if chosen they can stay around this area because we’ve been feeding here since 1954.

CAPT AND CHAD01:12:06-01:12:28

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CAPT AND CHAD

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CHAD: So, Captain, what do we want to avoid when we’re down there?CAPT: The only issue, and you’ll see is touching in front of their face so hard. The sharks, you don’t want to put your hand right in their mouth because they’ll feel the pressure of your hand and think you might be putting the fish up there and they’ll snap your hand. Now, you won’t lose a finger, but it will feel like you’ve bit hit by a hammer. Because these sharks have little teeth, they don’t have incisor teeth.

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CHAD: I’m amazed that the word hasn’t gone out that these bigger sharks haven’t moved in.

CAPT: Yeah, I know.   Free lunch at Slate’s place.

CHAD: Yeah, exactly.   You think the word would get around about that.

CAPT: Well, the bigger animals eat bigger animals. They’re not looking for a ballyhoo.

CHAD NEAR FISH FOOD01:22:56-01:23:08

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CU BALLYHOO

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CHAD: Here’s the fish sandwiches right here. This is what we’re feeding these fish right here. I asked Captain sometimes if they balk a little bit.   You know, ballyhoo every day?   He says they don’t mind.http://edit

CHAD: Ballyhooooo!

B-ROLL OF CHAD AND CREW PUTTING ON SCUBA GEAR AND DIVING[:05] VO: After a few safety rules, it was time to put on our gear and get wet.
CREATURE FEATURE B-ROLL[:45ish] [Music up full along with soundbites from Chad underwater]
CHAD TAKING OFF SCUBA GEAR01:27:15-01:27:20

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CHAD:   That was cool, Captain. Some good, good stuff, man.
CAPT AND CHAD01:28:27-01:28:53

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CHAD: So Captain, what are some of the things you saw down there?CAPT: Well, we saw our big buddy called Bruiser. He’s a live grouper. He earned that name. I’ll tell you that story. And, the three nurse sharks. The biggest one we call our Hotlips. We haven’t named the other two. But, they’re the funny guys. We had up to eight show up today. And then, the big green eel popped out a couple times.   He showed us a little bit of him, but he wouldn’t play today. We call him Sundance.

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CAPT: The eel’s fun.   The one that came out is really friendly and you can see that they have no intention of biting you.

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CHAD: There’s a respect there.

CAPT: He’s got a lot more teeth than I got.

B-ROLL OF CHAD PETTING NURSE SHARK OR MONTAGE OF VARIOUS SEALIFE[:22] VO: Well, let me tell you, that was a blast. I’ve been on many dives, but I’ve never been able to really get a feel for and experience these magnificent creatures eye to eye.   I definitely have a newfound respect for my underwater neighbors and this watery environment that takes up over two thirds of our planet. Exploring marine life underwater – one of the coolest ways to do Florida.
01:34:42-01:34:50[:08] CHAD: Breaker, breaker.   We had an awesome dive.   Get the sandwiches ready.   We’re coming in. Over.SLATE: They got ‘em ready.
WEBSITE
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For more on Captain Slate’s Creature Feature and Key Largo, go to our website at How To Do Florida dot com.
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