I remember the moment I met Mr. Reeftraveler, and he told me he was a diver. A diver? How did I get so lucky? I was already a certified diver (and certified ocean lover) at the time, and the odds of meeting another diver in the wilds of suburban New Jersey… well, let’s just say they weren’t sky high. Was it just dumb luck that the man of my dreams happened to be a diver too? Or were more powerful forces at work?
If you’ve been reading Reeftraveler for a while, you know a bit about me. I thought it was a good time for you to get to know Mr. Reeftraveler a bit better. He is, after all, the brains behind this operation.
Mr. Reeftraveler has been diving since the 1970’s. He has over 300 dives under his (weight) belt. He’s dived the waters of over 20 countries, across 5 continents, including Australia, Egypt, Thailand, the Maldives and more than 1/2 of the Caribbean nations. His father, who I never had the pleasure of meeting, was a diving pioneer whose enthusiasm for the sport was passed to this three children. I have no doubt that his father inspired much of our journey together.
Almost everything I know about underwater photography, I learned from Mr. Reeftraveler. He’s a talented amateur underwater photographer and videographer. While I love to spend hours photographing sea life from the comfort of just below the surface, I let Mr. Reeftraveler handle the big rig in deeper waters (I’m generally too preoccupied with gear underwater to handle a camera housing with strobe, etc.).
One of my favorite videos by Mr. Reeftraveler was shot at a dive site called Manta Point, in South Ari Atoll, Maldives. The dive is at 40-60 ft (12-18m), allowing for a bottom time of almost an hour. You may want to go full screen for this.
Today is the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001. I don’t believe it’s coincidence that the sun is shining brightly in New York this morning. May it continue to shine it’s spotlight on the memory of all of the selfless souls who gave their life 10 years ago.