Monday, November 19, 2012

SCUBA Diving in Curaçao

This past week I had the immense fortune to complete my PADI Open Water Diver's certification in the beautiful country of Curaçao (the ç sounds like an s)!

I was very lucky to complete my first ever open water dives in one of the world's finest coral reefs. Curaçao's shoreline is bordered by dive sites with beautiful white sandy beaches, and reefs saturated with life.

I dove with my friend and colleague, Sophie, who purchased a GoPro Hero3 for the occasion, and captured some amazing HD video footage. I, on the other hand, had no underwater photography equipment, so the photos below are ones I scavenged from Google Images. But once Sophie processes her footage, I will be sure to post it here!

UPDATE: The video is complete! See the Curaçao coral reef through our eyes below!

Click the jump to see photos of the species we saw.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Lakes And Oceans Brought To You By xkcd

Any credible scientist follows xkcd webcomics. Or at least checks in periodically.

I must not be that credible a scientist, because I clued in a bit late on this gem: A to-scale illustrated comparison of Earth's deepest underwater locales.

I love stuff like this because you tend to dedicate a considerable amount of time really trying to fathom these unfathomable sizes of things. And after you think you have a pretty good grasp of the size relationships, you spend even more time taking in the humbling wave of realization, for what must be the hundredth time, of just how damn small you are.


Bonus: A bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod