For many scuba divers, their first introduction to the world beneath the waves came about at a young age and in a simpler time: glued to the television set, up-and-coming aqua explorers joined the adventures of Jacques Cousteau and his Undersea World, and the thrilling exploits of aquanaut Mike Nelson in Sea Hunt. Captivated by these explorations into unfamiliar territory, the youth’s imaginations sparked, leading into futures as aqua explorers, marine biologists, and maritime historians. In today’s world, three channels have been replaced by a myriad of options; and in turn, online streaming is rapidly overshadowing modern television.
Arkansas is a place where your troubles melt away as you breathe in the warm air, your skin absorbing the sun’s gentle heat. The nearby Mississippi River the multitude of freshwater lakes filled to the brim with jumbo-sized fish; the stillness in the cool air as the sun rises in the horizon – going back to nature in this state is hard to escape. The river has marked the land, etching itself in the culture of eastern Arkansas. Regionally known as “the Delta” and stretching from Cairo, Illinois south the Gulf of Mexico, covers more than 15,000 square miles in Arkansas. The river’s legacy can be discovered in the region’s remnant wetlands and many oxbow lakes including Arkansas’s largest natural lake, while its impact on human history is evidenced in historic river ports such as Osceola and Helena.
Since its official founding in 2000, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) has been a stalwart protector of shipwrecks located in Lake Huron within northeastern Michigan. Managed by NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries Program (NMSP), the sanctuary guards Thunder Bay’s treasured shipwrecks – from side-wheelers and steamers, this facility has protected nearly 120 historically significant wrecks, and has carried their significance for future generations to enjoy. On September 1, TBNMS Superintendent Jeff Gray formerly announced the discovery of two new vessels within its waters: adding to the already robust ensemble of submerged history.
Originally conceived in 2013, the Divearium “combines a diver training site and an underwater fauna and flora gallery/museum within a partially simulated aquarium environment”. Ultimately, it will serve as a multi-purpose facility where scuba divers will be able to learn and practice their skills while exploring an underwater venue unlike anything else they have experienced
Situated just a few miles south of the small fishing village of Gansbaai we found ourselves immersed in the cool waters of Shark Alley. The narrow rocky inlet was far from a traditional harbor and while its mouth looked distinctly treacherous we were assured it was safe. This narrow channel of water that runs between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock is home to some 50,000 Cape fur seals and consequently a favored snack for the Great White Sharks looking for their next meal. Arguably the most feared animal in the ocean, Great Whites have gained notoriety as silent predators weighing in at over 6000 pounds and reaching up to 22 feet in length. These prehistoric creatures can rip apart prey using powerful jaws armed with hundreds of serrated teeth.
Utah is far from just being another state, her curves sculptured by wind, water, and time. Her landscapes perfect for outdoor adventures, land perfected by time, nature beckoning the spirit to wander and explore. She is a state of mind. She is a place where memories are forged, her geological features draw both locals and visitors on land and beneath the watering holes.