Skip to comments.The Greek Sponge Divers of Florida
Posted on 12/02/2016 10:39:00 AM PST by Sean_Anthony
And that is how real sponges arrived in fancy bath stores and were sold in beautiful packaging
Give me a word and I will show you that it comes from Greek. Mr. Portokalis, character in My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding
Having experienced the excruciating ear pain from failure to equalize the pressure change underwater, I am in awe of any scuba diver who goes underwater to explore the depths of our oceans or, as is the case of pearl divers, to find exquisite pearls that adorn rare and expensive jewels.
There are submersibles that operate at depths of 6,500 feet for scientific reasons, research and discovery. A previously unknown life form, the sinking of famous ships, submarines, airplanes, ocean acidification from underwater volcanoes, marine life behavior, sharks, whales, and other creatures are explored and studied extensively at depths formerly off-limits to humans.
Wouldn’t they be Florida sponge divers?
Love Tarpon Springs
And a Louis Pappas salad :)
We’re about 40 minutes from Tarpon Springs and it was one of my favorite places to visit when I was a kid. All the stores and the sponge exchange were just fun.
I love Tarpon Springs. Great food, great bakeries and interesting shops in their tourist area.
Come on down to Tarpon Springs, it’s a great place to see the sponge divers.
I am an official Spongers High school alumni. Loved it.
I remember going on the glass-bottom boat when I was a little kid.
it is beautiful
shows my age, the restaurants on the piers would serve sea turtle then...
Sadly, Tarpon isn't what it once was.
Tarpon Springs => another day in paradise...
“Greeks who used to dive naked with a stone under their arms to fight buoyancy”
We used to call that “Dressing up for Saturday night.”
I use wool sponges from Tarpon Springs nearly every day.
Love it there.
My Greek grandfather was a cliff diver in Greece (early 1900s).
I lived in Tarpon Springs as a child. My family is soooooo Greek!
Good Greek food and wonderful seafood. My boat, a Stamas was built there. Sometimes these sponge boats have these sponges left out before they’re cleaned and man can they stink to high heaven!
They can be.
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