It lacks a permanent source of fresh water, which is available only by being imported, collected from rainfall, or extracted from the local cacti. In pre-Columbian times it was inhabited by members of the Calusa nation, highly skilled as fishers, artisans and traders. A huge mound of oyster shells, 15 feet high, remains as a monument to the Calusa. In recent times, Dismal Key has no permanent human habitation - only the occasional hermits, poachers, smugglers and tourists.
 In popular culture
- A map from the Florida HomeTownLocator
- Hermits from the Mangrove Country of the Everglades (about Eardley Foster Atkinson and Al Seely)
 See also
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