Another week under our belts and felt it was time for another fun rundown of some funs morsels we uncovered online. This Friday’s theme is all things underwater. Starting off we have this amazing display of art being displayed to captivate and also serve as an artificial reef. The exhibition entitled “The Silent Evolution,” is the work of British sculptor and scuba diver Jason deCaires Taylor and is being placed in the waters off Cancun, Mexico. The final display will include 403 life-size human figures, that was sculpted then cast using a special cement mix to encourage coral growth. Eerie and beautiful at the same time, deCaires Taylor did an amazing job and will be interesting to revisit in a few years as the reef takes hold. Make sure you check out the full gallery for more incredible images.
Move over “Mr. Scoreboard Marriage Proposal Guy” we have you beat. With this hobby and its tough enough to find a significant other that “allows” us to pursue our passion, so when you meet a partner that’s into the hobby as much as you — you know you have a keeper. So when the pair of Reef Builders’ fans Alex and his girlfriend Rhonda flew from Texas to Southern California for Reef-A-Palooza, he had something else in mind besides perusing for corals. Alex cooked up the scheme for a unique marriage proposal with Steve Garrett of Garrett’s Acropolis. He would bring his hopefully soon-to-be fiancée to Steve’s booth with his ring tucked into the display. With ring sneakily placed in the tank, “she immediately noticed the 1.5 karat rock sitting in 5 in. of water being blasted by all those LEDs, it was sort of like a lighthouse guiding a ship she tells me afterwards” said Alex. Of course she said yes and we have another happy reefing story to share. Congratulations Alex and Rhonda!
A pair of local Australian radio hosts set a new Guinness World Record for the longest underwater radio broadcast. WSFM’s hosts Jonesy and Amanda set the mark in the Great Barrier Reef Habitat at the Sydney Aquarium spent three hours in the tank at 3.8 meters. A team from the Guinness World Records monitored tankside and had stipulated the duo had to broadcast fully submerged for three hours and maintain a normal breakfast show format to claim the record. [via news.com.au]
Finally, with Halloween coming up placing are coming up with fun and unique ways to entertain the family. If you are in the Tulsa, Okla. area this weekend, the Oklahoma Aquarium is hosting HallowMarine every night through Sunday. HallowMarine is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and has carnival games, a trick-or-treat trail and pirate and mermaid dive shows in the Coral Reef. Cost is $7 per youth or $10 per adult. And no, I don’t think there is a trick-or-treat for frags.