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Norine Rouse
One of the First Female Dive Instructors

Died at age of 80

Norine Rouse, who for nearly three decades guided dives from her Palm Beach Florida Norine Rouse Scuba Club, has died at the age of 80. In 1966, Rouse moved to Freeport, Bahamas with $125 she had won on a television game show and became one of the world's first women diving instructors following female pioneers such as Dottie Frazier, Barbara Allen, Zale Parry, Lynn Youst, and Karen Strauss. Later, she was one of a handful of people licensed by the state of Florida to swim with sea turtles and would steadfastly record and photograph their behavior for scientists. From the 1970s to the 1990s, she tracked the annual return of two loggerhead turtles to the same local reefs. When Robert the turtle returned each Christmas, Rouse would don her trademark yellow wet suit and take kitchen scrubbies out to clean him.

Edited from the Palm Beach Post with information supplied by Dr. Sam Miller

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