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Mysterious Under Water Statues

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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.

Underwater Mermaid

Meet a Woman underwater:

“She has two parts that are shinier than anywhere else,” says Keith Sahm, Sunset House Resort general manager, of the 272kg mermaid statue 50m offshore from the property on the island’s southwest point. Find her at a depth of 15m – an easy swim for divers and snorkelers.

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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.”

 

CANCUN, MEXICO - 2011: EXCLUSIVE. New life-sized statues added to the Museo Subacutico de Arte (MUSA) on the sea bed underwater at Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park in 2011 in Cancun, Mexico. Never-before-seen pictures show the fusion of art and conservation in a artificial reef supporting marine life deep underwater - made from sculptures of real members of the public. Bright tropical fish and agile divers can be seen darting in and out of the huge living art piece that contains hundreds of life-sized statues on the sea bed. Big thinking British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, 36, from Cantebury, Kent captured impressions of real people using 'life casts' and built the installation using materials that will encourage coral to grow. It will produce a coral reef and new home for a variety of aquatic creatures at the Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park in Mexico. The project, called The Museo Subacutico de Arte (MUSA), aims to ease pressure on natural reefs in the area caused by over half a million water-going tourists who flock to the region every year. (Photo by Jason de Caires Taylor / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)

MUSA:

“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.

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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.”

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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.

 

The open arms of Christ of the Abyss statue, located underwater at Key Largo Dry Rocks, Key Largo, Florida, September 9, 2007 offer peace to those who see the statue.  The bronze statue was placed near the coral reef in August of 1965 after being donated to the Underwater Society of America.

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.

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Underwater grotto:

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.

 

Mystery City:

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?

 

Underwater Moai. Basic Info: Easter Island is the most remote inhabited island in the world.  The nearest population center is Chile (2300 miles) and the nearest Polynesian center in the opposite direction is Tahiti (2600 miles).  Easter Island, (Rapa Nui, Isla de Pascua) is famous for Moai everywhere along the coast toppled on their AhuÕs and littered abandoned in the center along the Moai roads used to transport them.  Polynesians had a knack for colonizing even the most inhospitable oceanic rock.  They were adept sailors, explorers, colonizers and their experience taught them the best way to escape war or famine was to sail east, to windward in search of new islands.  There is no evidence that a 2nd group reached the island in early history as Heyerdall alledges Ð in fact it points to the opposite.  Easter Island had military rule until 1965 and had cashless societies of fishing and farming that have since been broken apart by independence and a dependence on tourism.  Rapanui incest laws are strict with everybody tracing roots to 30 or so couples who survived 19th century Peruvian slave raiding and epidemics.  Legal romance was at an impasse so mixed marriages now abound on the island.

Underwater Moai.

Hollywood History:

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.

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