By William Beebe
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Long before I did any serious diving, I spent hours and days in careful reconnaissance. From five hundred feet in the air I spotted an atoll-like reef in the center of the bay with a ring of mighty coral and sea-fans deepening gradually into invisibility, and at one side I caught sight of six sharks milling slowly about something. This place is Sand Cay, three miles straight out from the schooner and this I proposed to explore. One day I chugged out and through a water bucket verified the luxuriance of submarine growths.
Oh! " And you answer them in kind, speaking from the They are so safe, dry, airy room of your helmet. syllables friendly, so curious, so utterly unlike the nervous, useless -lived inmates of our aquariums. Your attention swings from wonders to marvels and back again. self, You begin to say things to your- gasps of surprise, inarticulate sounds of awe, you are troubled with a (as the case may terrible sense of loss that be) twenty, thirty or fifty years your life have passed and gone without your knowing of the ease of entry into this new world.
Before I submerged in earnest, a new phase of There floated slowly live nursery presented itself. past an immense jellyfish, quadrangular, varnished with pale blue, with a wide purple fringe around the body as a whole was captured and inverted in a large water bucket which it overflowed. The outside was formed of great convex-surfaced, pillar-like scallops, covered sparsely with blunt thorns, and it weighed ten pounds. Later I identified it as belonging to the genus Chiropsalmus and probably to the species quadruthe opening, deep, rich while wine color.
Beneath Tropic Seas - A Record of Diving Among the Coral Reefs of Haiti by William Beebe