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Construction of underwater air trap - Wakulla Springs, Florida.
Newt Perry worked as a performer and promoter for Silver Springs and managed Wakulla Springs before opening Weeki Wachee Springs, famed for its underwater mermaid shows, which Perry designed. He was also instrumental for the filming of MGM's "Tarzan Finds a Son!" (1939), originally titled "Tarzan in Exile", at Silver Springs and "Tarzan's Secret Treasure" (1941) at Wakulla Springs through his friendship with filmmaker Grantland Rice and actor-swimmer Johnny Weissmuller (who played Tarzan). He also influenced Universal Studio's decision to film the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and its two sequels in Florida (including Wakulla and Silver Springs) as well as the hiring of local swimmer Ricou Browning to portray the Creature. Perry spent much of his later life working as a swimming instructor in Ocala, Florida.
Wakulla Springs later named the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park when the state purchased it in October 1985.
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Construction of underwater air trap - Wakulla Springs, Florida. 1941 (circa). State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/36643>, accessed 2 December 2021.
Construction of underwater air trap - Wakulla Springs, Florida. 1941 (circa). State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/36643>.