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A new diving museum has opened in Florida!

In the waters of the Gulf of Mexico near South Walton, Florida, the Underwater Art Museum opened to divers on June 25. The submerged exhibition is spread over one acre, right next to Grayton Beach State Park. According to the creators, this is the first underwater museum with a permanent display of sculptures in the
Published: July 10, 2018 - 10:59
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:01
A new diving museum has opened in Florida!

In the waters of the Gulf of Mexico near South Walton, Florida, the Underwater Art Museum opened to divers on June 25. The submerged exhibition is spread over one acre, right next to Grayton Beach State Park. According to the creators, this is the first underwater museum with a permanent display of sculptures in the US.

As part of the exhibits on display, seven sculptures, created by various artists, have been sunk to begin with. These include a giant pineapple measuring 2.5 metres high by Rachel Herring, and a large sculpture depicting the legendary Jaques Cousteau in his wonderful invention, the Aqua-Lung.

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Aesthetics and visual qualities are not the only things offered by the exhibits gathered in the underwater museum. All the sculptures have been made to become hiding places for local fauna and habitats for local flora. This is yet another time when the creators of underwater installations created for divers do not forget to take care of the inhabitants of the coastal waters as well.

Any initiative of this kind in Walton County has a salutary effect on the development of life in the local waters. This is all because of the nature of these waters. Well, approx. 95% of the bottom in this location is sand. The lack of rocks and natural hiding places essentially affects the trace number of sea creatures, which do not have suitable conditions for existence.

The exhibit is located near the Turtle Reef artificial reef, built by the South Walton Artificial Reef Association. In total, more than a dozen small sites have already been created in the area, designed to stimulate underwater life and thus become an attraction for tourists visiting the area in search of dive activities.

Source: sportdiver.com

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