With approximately 1/2 of the world's population living near the ocean coastline (defined as being within 60 miles/100 kilometres of the shore) you would think we would be much more actively involved and interested in what goes on under water. But we don't seem all that concerned and, in fact, we spend about 10 times as much doing research work in outer space as we do in trying to understand our planet's oceans. For some strange reason the stars and heavens seem more alluring and accessible to us than the seven seas.
|Astronaut in full gear|
|Nelson in full scuba diving gear - photo by Junie Quiroga|
|Eagle lunar landing module|
|Deepsea Challenger submarine|
|Virgin Oceanic Deepflight Challenger|
|Sea Dragon hosts Kevin & Jan Breckman|
|Nelson and a wall of white plumose - photo by Michael Mehta|
|Hornby Island Diving hosts Amanda & Rob Zielinski|
|Nelson & sea lions off Hornby Island|
|Rendezvous Dive Lodge - photo by Junie Quiroga|
|Rendezvous hosts Peter & Kathy Mieras|
|Nelson & 6 gill shark in Barkley Sound - photo by Peter Mieras|
So much to see and experience, and so many great dive sites here in B.C. and around the world, and it's all so accessible and within a normal person's budget. How can anyone ever get tired of pretty fish, colourful invertebrates, and playful marine mammals? As fun as it is to look up at the stars and speculate how we might someday be living 2,000 light years away, for now I'm happy to go out in my little dinghy wherever I happen to be boating and explore the 20,000 leagues under the sea outside my own back door.
|Nelson going dinghy diving - photo by Junie Quiroga|