Huge thank you to all the wonderful humans who hosted us in Cordova this last week for some dive training. It was an awesome time, and we can't wait to come back.
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Chessica is off on another adventure - this time to the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula of México. We’ve already arrived at Tulum, our main destination. Currently reminiscing on our last magical few days and writing things down before I forget.
We landed in Cancun and spent a few days working remotely before vacation officially started. Pay for an expensive bagel at a beachside hotel restaurant, but get a gorgeous ocean office for a whole day :)
I’ve always wanted to scuba dive but have been traumatized by ear issues in the past and I was concerned it would prevent me from going down. But after seeing the photos of MUSA - an underwater sculpture museum -
I decided to go for it. MUSA is a conservation initiative started by Marine Park Director Jaime Gonzalez with the objective of saving the nearby coral reefs by providing an alternative destination for divers.
We were given basic scuba training by our great instructor Louis. The first time down was disorienting as I tried to remember only to breathe through my mouthpiece, while equalizing my painful ears by blowing out my nose, while trying to keep horizontal and not drift away - all very unnatural and uncomfortable. Miraculously, I was able to get into a rhythm and make it to the bottom. Thank goodness I did, because the next dive was eerie and breathtaking. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. It felt like I had entered a whole different world. The human sculptures reminded me of the remains found in Pompeii. Covered with coral, unclear whether they were expressing pain or joy in their overgrown faces. Diving was like forced meditation - I had to be fully aware at all times, focusing on my breath and surroundings, or I’d die.
Other moments: amazing street art (found a fat bird!), view from our beautiful Airbnb rooftop in a quaint residential area of Cancun, mouthwatering chicken enchilada at a local restaurant that I had to get a second time, and esquites from a little town square (popular Mexican street corn salad)
This loggerhead turtle is huge! Very, very old, chill and relaxed being 💚 Who does not love turtles?
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I got back in the cenotes/caves after 2 years!!! Mexico has the biggest cave system in the world spanning hundreds of kilometers in certain systems and of the 3,000 in the Yucatan, about 1,300 have been explored. This is the cave diving mecca and it's why I came back. 😜 I have been scuba diving since I was 12 and teaching for 7 years but the caves gave me a new push in diving, and a chance to be a part of exoring and discovering new caves is incredible.
Coming back to the cenotes feels like coming home. From the first breaths underwater again to the weightlessness... 💙🙏 to the sIlEnCe, caves are so quiet compared to the sounds of a healthy active reef. The Mayans regarded the caves as a place to communicate with their God's, the caves are sacred, and "cenote" means "sacred well" in Mayan. You feel it there. Its magic. Take your breath away, magic!
These systems weren't always underwater and are full of archaeological history💃 Bones, artifacts and so much along with decorated stalagmites and stalagmites.
A beluga whale poses perfectly for this portrait in the chilly waters off of Nova Scotia, Canada🌐🌊😍. Belugas are a highly social pelagic species, often called the ‘canaries of the sea’ for their diverse repertoire of whistles, clicks and other sounds. They are also know to mimic sounds that they hear, including boat engines and other human sounds.
Though these gorgeous creatures live in the Arctic, they frequently move into Sub-Arctic waters as well. They are one of the only whale species capable of turning their necks in all directions.
Currently, populations of beluga whales are classified as ‘Near Threatened’ by the IUCN.
Photo by @brianskerry
This weekend was a blast! First, congrats to our newest Open Water Divers! Y’all were awesome out there! Hope to catch you all on a dive soon! 💙
Next, we also had Adam leading a couple guided tours, Georg teaching a dry suit course, and assistant-instructor candidates Chris & Rebecca working on their search and rescuing skills!!
Who else hopped in the water this weekend??
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