VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
We are not yet in Greenland, nor are we near Canada. We’re right smack dab in the middle of Davis Straight. The water is nearly 9,000 feet deep and I’m suited up like an astronaut.
Ruby, Françoise, and I are barefoot and wearing t-shirts as we conduct sea bird surveys from the prow of the M/V Cape Race. Between shifts we close our eyes, the sun warms our faces and it feels downright tropical. Opening our eyes again, we are reminded of where we are. Looming in the distance are massive, glassy ice bergs, which we will soon be swimming by.
Experience Erika’s travels through her latest photos, as she travels to Cuba to lead a cross-cultural ocean education program.
Giant yellow eyes stared me down, my own green eyes widened by our proximity. We watched each other blink.
There’s nothing between me and complete corporeal implosion but a 3 inch thick dome of plexiglass. What goes through the mind of a submarine pilot two thousand feet below the surface of the ocean? And better yet, what goes past the window?
Sunlight reflects off pale blue walls and brightens the interior of the small space in which I am perched. A brightly colored umbrella rests above me to block the intense Caribbean sun from melting my little laptop. Under the open hatch, I begin an Internet broadcast from inside a submersible.
One thousand feet below the surface of the ocean, below the reach of the sun’s warmth and light, deep water corals thrive. Standing tall in front of the black backdrop of their environment, colorful corals and deep sea organisms are part of my inspiration to bring deep sea exploration live to classrooms.