Mysterious Under Water Statues
Now yours chance to take a once and a lifetime picture – after all, it’s not everyday you get to be face to face with an underwater mermaid off Grand Cayman or Christ of the Abyss off Key Largo, Florida. Although some are movie props and others’ origins remain unknown, they all stand together to support the greater idea of ocean conservation. These 10 mysterious under water statues may give you more insight to travel.
Watch for the guards:
Would you kiss the Guardian of the Reef to bring good luck? – Nancy Easterbrook says it’s true! The one who sunk the merman in the front yard of her Grand Cayman scuba shop, Divetech. Easterbrook also mentions that the same sculptor who created the guardian crafted the mermaid at Sunset House. “They’re like brother and sister,” she says, “I imagine they communicate underwater like dolphins.”
“It’s euphoric when sunlight fires up all the colours of the sponges growing on the statues,” says Jason deCaires Taylor, creator of the 500 life-size sculptures that comprise this underwater installation off Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc, Mexico.
Biggest water statue:
Taylor, also the creator of the world’s largest underwater statue, the mind and chisel behind Ocean Atlas. The 60-ton figure symbolises the greater need for ocean conservation, placed at a site in immediate need of reformation. “There’s a refinery around the corner leaking onto the coral reefs,” he says. “Tourists come and see the oil, so yeah, it’s been brilliant to put some pressure on the refinery.”
Say an Underwater prayer:
Where pioneer Italian diver Dario Gonzatti lost his life scuba diving in 1947, there now stands a 2.5m bronze Christ, created by Italian sculptor Guido Galletti. It’s 10m under the surface, popular among freedivers and scuba divers wishing to pay homage to those who have taken their last breaths in the sea.
How about another underwater Jesus:
Galletti’s mold bore three figures: The second lies in Grenada, honouring the Italian crew lost in the tragic 1961 sinking of M.V. Bianca C passenger ship. The third is in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, 8m deep off Key Largo. Its GPS coordinates are widely published, making the site one of the planet’s most widely visited underwater attractions.
What started as an initiative to deter illegal fishing practices – like the use of dynamite and cyanide – resulted in a destination for underwater pilgrimage. In 2010, 4m tall representations of the Virgin Mary and young Jesus were sunk in the Bien Unido Double Barrier Reef Marine Park off Bohol.
The creation of the Asian Atlantis remains a mystery. This series of sandstone formations off Okinawa, Japan, has many right angles, terraced structures, pillars and other features to be the result of Mother Nature. Yet, if man made, how could it have ended up 5m deep underwater?
How the Easter Island moai – the stoic-faced 7m tall monoliths – came to exist can be haunting. Not so for the single statue underwater. It’s no ancient wonder, but rather a failed 1994 showing, Rapa-Nui, responsible for this face now positioned atop corals for divers to gaze at.