This assignment has showcased our deep connection to the sea, our desire to explore it, and the feelings it evokes. We humans have what we call a mammalian dive reflex — an evolutionary adaptation we share with other creatures such as dolphins and seals that allows us to dive underwater for extended periods of time. Once we immerse ourselves in cool water we experience a decrease in heart rate and diversion of blood from extremities, and we feel an overall sense of calmness. It becomes a form of meditation. There is a certain kind of energy that vibrates through the ocean as we get to experience the presence of aquatic creatures one breath-hold at a time.
In the words of Sylvia Earle: “Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.”
What a beautiful place it is to slow down, explore and document, and remember our unique connection to our blue planet.
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