Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had an interest in exploring.
Most of that interest always stemmed from what I saw in movies and TV. Movies like the “Star Wars” films and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” made me want to venture into the stars, however, I was always as interested in Inner Space, as I was Outer Space.
The undersea world has always captivated me… “Jaws” came out two summers before I was born, but once I saw it, it never kept me out of the water!
I got thinking about my love of the water, and what lies beneath it, when I was flipping through the channels last night, and found a movie I really dug as a kid, the Walt Disney live-action adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” I hadn’t seen it in ages, so I had to kick back and watch it. The story of captain Nemo and the Nautilius, along with the imagery of the undersea kingdom had me hooked, just like when I was a kid!
And the last thing that really got me interested in the oceans, was the 1985 discovery of the wreck of the ill-fated luxury liner, Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic, back in 1912.
Reading all the articles and seeing all the photos, in magazines such as “Life” and “National Geographic,” caused me to dream of hopping into a submarine, and traveling two-and-a-half mile beneath the surface of the sea, to visit the fabled wreck.
I went on a cruise five years ago, and got to go snorkelling in the Turks & Caicos, and the variety of sea life I saw was amazing. I even got to within about 20 feet of a barracuda!
It’s funny how different things you see as a kid can trigger a lifelong passion, and it’s amazing how simply flicking the channel can remind you of a great memory, in a completely unexpected way!
Keep on exploring!