Collier County Museum

Shipwrecks aplenty off Florida coast

By Mike Reilly

The bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean are home to more than 2,000 confirmed and documented shipwrecks.

Experts believe there could be another 2,000 that are not documented.

That's the word from David Southall, curator of education at the Collier County Museum. He gave a talk on the subject Tuesday at the Marco Island branch of the Collier County Public Library.

The Friends of the Library sponsored his appearance.

But his first comments to the large gathering were aimed at letting them know it was not going to be a discussion of where to find the lost treasures buried in the sea.