Amidst the glitzy Cancun hotel zone and glamorous yet patsy-skinned, corpulent tourists beached out on sagging poolside chaise lounges, who knew beautiful—yet deadly—lions lay in wait for the unsuspecting scuba diver.
What kind of lions are these, anyway? (You ask.)
They are the same lionfish that I mentioned over a year ago, as the modern scourge of the sea.
I went into the whole taking-over-the-earth dilemma, and how not only are scuba divers being asked to hunt them down to curb their spread, but we are even encouraged to eat them, albeit, VERY carefully.
So, tonight, I leave for a week of diving off the island of Cozumel, where our intrepid leader, John, has asked us to tap him on the shoulder, should we encounter any of these colorful denizens of the deep during a dive, where, ostensibly, they will be speared and fed to a grateful Moray eel.
These critters are but one of numerous threats to the very life of our vast oceans. I am truly concerned that my grandchildren will never get to appreciate the beauty of our undersea environment, which covers the majority of our planet.
The day may come where they will be relegated to experience what once was by viewing virtual representations.
Apparently, the technology is getting so good, it may be difficult to tell the difference. (Yeah, right.)
There was a short news bit on our local TV station the other day about a company offering the latest in seeing without really doing.
“VTour is the new standard in immersive multi-media. Our proprietary technology allows users to experience self-selected travel and move freely from place to place within a rich, virtual environment. The technology offers fluid transitions that convey a sense of actual first-person travel without the need for multiple clicks.”
Or, apparently, without getting off your ass and actually going someplace.
I’ve yet to find a demo in an aquatic setting, but should I tire of driving on slick winter roads to go slide down icy slopes and stand in long lift lines with impatient skiers, these people have already applied their product to certain resorts.
I’ll just get the wife-person to apply some of that spray-on suntan while I wear my ski goggles, and who will know the difference?
If things go well, I will be reporting to you during our upcoming scuba safari, assuming I see the lionfish before they see me.