Sea turtle in clear waters off Lady Elliot Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef

*internal Scooby monologue*

“Hey. Gang. Hey. Look at this.”

“No, over here. Look. Seriously.”

“See? It’s the Scooby Snacks that we need to touch to escape this virtual world. Same as all the previous levels.”

“Grab it, and we’re done here. Just grab it.”

“No, seriously, I don’t have opposable thumbs, it’s way harder for me. Could one of you just–… wait, what are you looking at?”

“Oh. A shark way off in the distance. Cool. I guess the whole gang can hear long-distance sharks underwater now.”

“You know It’s like 30 feet away, right? Just grab the Scooby Snacks and we’ll be teleported out of here.”

“I… what are you doing? You can literally just– oh, for the love of….”

“FINE! Fine. Here, I got them. Now we’ll fade away, and teleport to safety at the last possible second.”

“Sheesh. If you want some done right, you have to Scooby-Dooby-do it yourself.”


It’s like the coral is waving at you!


Blue lurv! Bennett’s nudibranch - Hypselodoris bennetti #marineexplorer by John Turnbull


One of the whale sharks slides by the largest viewing window at the Georgia Aquarium.

This window is….. well… it’s amazeballs. As you can read, it is seriously almost two feet thick.

Now, as my fiancé and I were listening during our dive briefing, the dive masters brought up this window. They explained that you cannot see the window as you got close and encouraged all divers to hold up their hand if they elected to approach the acrylic.

As we came around to the window, I thought to myself, “Huh. I can see where the windows are at work. This should be a cake walk.”

However, just to be safe, I put my hand up and discovered I was FAAAAAAR closer than I thought! As in, I was really and truly within 8 inches of the window and had no idea. It is just so large that you have no frame of reference to truly get a hint of where the window begins. Craziness!


This is a pretty substantial number of sea lions


I kind of panicked when I realized how close this guy was to me (hence the shaking) but swimming with him was actually the coolest experience ever.