Christ of the Abyss Statue
Dry Rocks is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Florida Keys. This is Key Largo Snorkeling at its finest. Home to the Christ of the Deep statue, Dry Rocks is found within John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, just off the coast of Key Largo. Dry Rocks depth reaches about 30 feet, with averages between 10ft-20ft. The reef is heavily protected because of coral degradation from tourist damage. Tourists flock to Dry Rocks for snorkeling and scuba diving the famous bronze Christ of the Deep statue.
Christ of the Abyss Snorkeling
The Christ of the Deep statue stands 8.5ft tall, in 21ft of water, and weighs about 4,000 pounds. The Florida Keys statue is a replica of “Christ of the Abyss” found in the Italian Bay of San Fruttosa, originally created by artist Guido Galletti. The Christ of the Deep statue went on an Eastern US display tour before finally resting in Key Largo in 1966, with the help of Egidio Cressi and John Pennekamp. Commonly seen corals at Dry Rocks include elkhorn, boulder, and various soft corals. Frequently seen marine life at Dry Rocks include a variety of small tropical fish, lobsters, eels, and barracuda. Daily Key Largo Snorkeling Trips to the statue are available.