There Is No Place Like Underwater
Few experiences are as peaceful, intriguing, or surreal as getting down into the water with a regulator and a full tank of O2. In my experience, there is really nothing like immersing yourself in this rich world of surprising and colorful creatures just living their lives and doing what they do. I always resurface from dives feeling completely moved, right down to my core, by all the mystery I had just witnessed only a few meters below my flippered feet. However, I find that words and pictures simply cannot adequately portray what it is like to swim among these otherworldly animals–nor to gaze upon the appalling presence of pollution or waste in otherwise pristine areas. Fortunately, Dr. Yvonne Sadovy at Hong Kong University, along with her team at IUCN and ScubaZoo, manage to come close.
An Inspirational Film
I first saw this film at a symposium here in Hong Kong, where Dr. Sadovy was the keynote speaker and played the clip. By the end, there was not one dry eye in the audience. Fortunately the film is also available on Youtube, and you can watch it here. The drive behind the film is to promote a book entitled Adapt: Tales of Ocean Fragility, which is designed to raise awareness of not only the problems which the ocean is facing right now, but also the undeniable beauty which it contains. Like the film, the book is very visual in nature, and helps to provide those who have not yet seen firsthand a chance to experience the wonder and excitement of the big blue.
About The Author
Julie Serot is currently based in Hong Kong, working towards her master’s degree in Marine Mammal Ecology at Hong Kong University. Originally from St. Louis, MO, she majored in Physical Anthropology and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. While in undergrad, she studied chacma baboon behavioral ecology in Kruger National Park in South Africa prior to spending time at a marine mammal eco-tourism and education organization in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. She subsequently moved to New York City to gain experience in marketing and public relations, after which she moved to Los Angeles to work as a research assistant at UCLA studying phytoplankton abundance in the Santa Monica Bay. She loves to travel, dance, paint, and meet interesting new people.