Beach Walk 645 – Underwater Myths

I think I may be on one end of this spectrum, but I sometimes experience a little let down when I stick my head in goggles under the water. What we see published in magazines and in underwater films is amazing scenery. In reality, it usually does not look that perfect-pretty. Water absorbs a lot of light, so unless you are diving with a light or at high noon in clear, shallow water, you will not see the same colors with your eyes that a camera with light can. So today we are going underwater on an average day, with no special effects, to give you the expected view, if not the perfected view. I still love it anyway, and I hope it helps set your expectations to a more reasonable comfort zone too.

Hawaiian word:
Kohu ʻoiaʻiʻo: realistic

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  1. Susan and my dog Lexie says

    The underwater experience in this episode is divine! We’re set up to not expect colors as bright, but the adventure turns into surprise by the spotting of a beautiful mermaid and then a black giant specimen with foot pads/toes on the end of legs, pumping with comfortable precision. This variety of sightings makes one not want to come up for air again! Stupendous job, SC 🙂

  2. I always enjoy Beachwalks and today’s underwater episode brings back my diving days. I’ve been underwater in Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, other places in Mexico, Cuba, and the Carribean. I loved every minute, no matter what I saw, it was exciting. The only “bad” thing was that a dive never lasted long enough. Thanks for the memories!

  3. yep, that is what it looks like!
    dang now i want to go on a dive! ummm think i will post some pics on the reef from egypt now. LOL.
    btw love the mermaid and the merdog! kudos to secret camera merman!

  4. So beautiful. Listen, I was walking down Michigan Ave in Chicago yesterday and bumped into an old colleague. She said she follows my CultureScout blog and that’s where she discovered BWWR. “I’m addicted now. I start my day with Rox.” Another happy convert!

  5. @Susan – you get it; you always get it!

    @Gini – Cuba – I’ve never been diving there, but I would like to visit some day.

    @iSandra – yes please post Egypt pics on The Reef!

    @Patricia – Thank you! That’s a great visual you shared (for my ego he he) really tho – we love sharing the beauty and aloha that is Hawaii.

  6. I learned to scuba dive in the fresh water lakes of Alberta, Canada where the visibility isn’t usually the best… so I can’t say that I was ever disappointed on a dive in the waters off Maui. And I’ll take real over TV images any day.

  7. …how strange – my iTunes stopped d/l’ing at ep 643.

    Love, love, love the water (too cold here for me though). Lexi’s propulsion system is fun to watch – like it shouldn’t work, but it does…

  8. Thanks for the heads up, Jonnie. We’ve been doing some experiments on the Beach Walks feed and deactivating a plugin caused some problems.

    I’ve put a temp fix on it. Let’s hope iTunes recognizes it and allows downloading of the missing 3 episodes.