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Looe Key is a coral reef located within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It lies to the south of Big Pine Key. This reef is within a Sanctuary Preservation Area (SPA).


Part of Looe Key is designated as "Research Only," an area which protects some of the patch reefs landward of the main reef.

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The reef is named after the HMS Looe, which ran into the reef and sank in 1744.

In August 1994, the R/V Columbus Iselin, a research vessel owned by the University of Miami, ran aground on Looe Key and damaged approximately 164 m2 of living coral and a larger area of reef framework. In 1997, the University paid $3.76 million in natural resource damage claims to NOAA. In 1999, a restoration project involving placement of limestone boulders, pouring of concrete, and reintroduction of benthic species was undertaken by NOAA and its subcontractors.

Approximate coordinates: 24°32′51″N 081°24′24″W

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