Back in 2009 a most bizarre and unusual project began to take form in the Mexican Caribbean, off the coast of Isla de Mujeres and Cancún. Man hand picked 400 Sculptures life size figurative sculptures and placed them underwater in the oceans seawater. It’s now referred to as Cancun’s Underwater Museum.
Not just any sculptures either these sculptures were created and made with special artificial reefs from pH neutral clay that enables marine life to grow. The corals attract marine life to breed and take shelter in order to boost the local ecosystem. The beauty in all of this is that as time goes on the sculptures will naturally change as the coral grows as marine life inhabit the structures.
How these pieces help marine life to breed:
Corals build the rampart that shelters the landward provinces of mangrove and sea grass. The reef’s calcium carbonate city teems with species, among them this spiny-headed blenny.
And that’s why corals are so important!
Today divers and snorkelers (as there are shallow sections just for snorkeling), come from all over the world to admire this underwater museum. Depending on what operation you go with the prices range from $55.00 – $65.00 US dollars. That include one tank dives and your gear along with your boat ride that takes you to your destination.
The big news is that the artist and founder of this project Jason de Caires Taylor who’s gained international recognition for his unique work, plans to add 63 new pieces to the museum this coming July. One of pieces will be a unique kinetic sculpture boasting wings made of living fan coral with a listener feature device that allows you to hear near by sounds.
That should be some sight to see that you don’t want to miss if you happen to be vacating anywhere near the Isla de Mujeres in Cancun. AND if you’re worried about diving or snorkeling don’t be, because after a few lessons it’s so easy that I’ve heard even the local pups can do it.
Cancun has everything you need to have the time of your life. Situated on the south-east coast of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula. Warm clear white powdery sand beaches and turquoise crystal clear waters await you with famous Mexican hospitality helps this make this a place like no other!