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Right to left, Allison de la Cruz, Lauren Scherer, Samantha Regala and Jessica Negron all students from Gulf View Middle School, check out some of the aquatic life in the aquariums at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve while on a field trip on April 30, 2010 in Naples, Florida.  Hundreds of students visited Rockery Bay during the Dive Into the Oceans event, which took kids through several stations learning about Florida's oceans and natural habitats. Manuel Martinez/Staff

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Right to left, Allison de la Cruz, Lauren Scherer, Samantha Regala and Jessica Negron all students from Gulf View Middle School, check out some of the aquatic life in the aquariums at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve while on a field trip on April 30, 2010 in Naples, Florida. Hundreds of students visited Rockery Bay during the Dive Into the Oceans event, which took kids through several stations learning about Florida's oceans and natural habitats. Manuel Martinez/Staff

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  • Right to left, Allison de la Cruz, Lauren Scherer, Samantha Regala and Jessica Negron all students from Gulf View Middle School, check out some of the aquatic life in the aquariums at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve while on a field trip on April 30, 2010 in Naples, Florida.  Hundreds of students visited Rockery Bay during the Dive Into the Oceans event, which took kids through several stations learning about Florida's oceans and natural habitats. Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Right to left, Jill Schmid, GIS specialist at Rookery Bay instructs, Danielle Rodrigus and Braiden Howell both students from Oak Ridge Middle School, on how to use GPS systems to find hidden Easter eggs at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve while on a field trip on April 30, 2010 in Naples, Florida.  Hundreds of students visited Rockery Bay during the Dive Into the Oceans event, which took kids through several stations learning about Florida's oceans and natural habitats. Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Susan Cone, Education Coordinator at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve shows how male crabs and female crabs can be differentiated by one large claw that belongs to the male. Student visited different learning stations while on a field trip on April 30, 2010 in Naples, Florida.  Hundreds of students visited Rockery Bay during the Dive Into the Oceans event, which took kids through stations that taught them about Florida's oceans and natural habitats. Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Scuba Adventures teaches students from Naples Middle School, how to use their scuba systems during a field trip to Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on April 30, 2010 in Naples, Florida.  Hundreds of students visited Rockery Bay during the Dive Into the Oceans event, which took kids through several stations learning about Florida's oceans and natural habitats. Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • A group of students from Pine Ridge Middle School, check out some of the aquatic life in the touch tank aquariums at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve while on a field trip on April 30, 2010 in Naples, Florida.  Hundreds of students visited Rockery Bay during the Dive Into the Oceans event, which took kids through several stations learning about Florida's oceans and natural habitats. Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Chad Carney of Scuba Adventures teaches Jakella Davis a student from Naples Middle School, how to use her scuba system during a field trip to Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on April 30, 2010 in Naples, Florida.  Hundreds of students visited Rockery Bay during the Dive Into the Oceans event, which took kids through several stations learning about Florida's oceans and natural habitats. Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • A group of students from Gulf View Middle School, check out some of the aquatic life in the touch tank aquariums at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve while on a field trip on April 30, 2010 in Naples, Florida.  Hundreds of students visited Rockery Bay during the Dive Into the Oceans event, which took kids through several stations learning about Florida's oceans and natural habitats. Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Middle school students look at wildlife on the estuary at the Reserve on Friday afternoon at their 3-day event, Dive into the Oceans. Kera Holzinger/Special to the Daily News.
  • Middle school students preparing to take their first dive lesson from Scuba Adventures at Rookery Bay at their 3-day event, Dive into the Oceans. Kera Holzinger/Special to the Daily News.
  • Classmates from Gulf View Middle react to Demi Broselle petting a baby alligator on Friday afternoon at their 3-day event, Dive into the Oceans. Kera Holzinger/Special to the Daily News.
  • Classmates from Gulf View Middle react to Demi Broselle petting a baby alligator on Friday afternoon at their 3-day event, Dive into the Oceans. Kera Holzinger/Special to the Daily News.
  • Karen Caudillo, 14, from Gulf View Middle, fearlessly grabs for a star fish at the touch tank located at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on April 30, at their 3-day event, Dive into the Oceans. Kera Holzinger/Special to the Daily News.
  • Richard Andersson, 14, and classmates, learn about fiddler crabs at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on Friday afternoon at their 3-day event, Dive into the Oceans. Kera Holzinger/Special to the Daily News
  • Divemaster Jessi Dawson of SCUBA Marco works with Jaime Piriz and Sharon Berruetta in the pool next to Henderson Creek. The sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.Th sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.
  • Gianfranco Luxardo, 7, holds a live starfish in the touch tank at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve's headquarters. The sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.Th sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.
  • You had to be 10 years old and 48 inches tall to try SCUBA, but there were no restrictions at the touch tank, apart from keeping the animals in the water, much to these children's delight. The sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.Th sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.
  • Aspiring marine biologist John Krebs, 10, inspects the crabs on display in the Rookery Bay tanks. The sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.Th sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.
  • Isabel Tapin, 4, was eager to have hands-on contacts with local sea creatures in the touch tank. The sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.Th sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.
  • Peter Rodgers of Naples takes his first try at SCUBA diving in the temporary pool. The sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.Th sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.
  • Volunteer Dick Ginevan points out a tarpon to visitors on the footbridge across Henderson Creek. The sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.Th sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.
  • National Park Service ranger Wynn Carney shows casting technique to a budding angler. The sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.Th sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.
  • Jill Schmidt, right, shows turtle skulls and carapaces to Orion and Haiele Beall and their mother Lori. The sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.Th sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.
  • Blue crabs were just one of the many species on display at Rookery Bay. The sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.Th sixth annual Dive Into Oceans Day, held Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center off Collier Blvd., gave participants many ways to experience the life around us and beneath the water's surface, including the chance to don SCUBA gear and dive in a pool set up for the occasion.

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