FLOR500, Garden 223 John Michael Gonatos, Sponge Diver (?–2000) John Michael Gonatos was born in Tarpon Springs of Greek parents. He became a well-known sponge diver. In 1939, he shot the documentary Story of the Sponge, which shows the harvest of sponges from the Gulf of Mexico. It became a regular feature shown to tourists. Gonatos also had small roles in five films including 16 Fathoms Deep, about the Tarpon Springs sponge divers. When a devastating fungus nearly wiped out the sponge industry, Gonatos helped fight to preserve the historic docks and other reminders of Tarpon Springs’ unique history.
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John Michael Gonatos, Sponge Diver

(?–2000)

John Michael Gonatos was born in Tarpon Springs of Greek parents. He became a well-known sponge diver. In 1939, he shot the documentary Story of the Sponge, which shows the harvest of sponges from the Gulf of Mexico. It became a regular feature shown to tourists. Gonatos also had small roles in five films including 16 Fathoms Deep, about the Tarpon Springs sponge divers. When a devastating fungus nearly wiped out the sponge industry, Gonatos helped fight to preserve the historic docks and other reminders of Tarpon Springs’ unique history. 




































































































































































 

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