June 26, 2024 2 min read

Good Dives / William Anders - Earth Rise

Good dives is what we’ve been experiencing aboard the Psychquatic recently! We are enjoying calm seas, plentiful marine life and warm water. Even the currents haven’t been too strong. All in all, the last six weeks have been above average for local diving this time of the year. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that! I’m not saying that we’ve turned the corner and are straightening our act out to get our host planet back to a happy and accommodating place for humans to happily coexist and flourish. Our diving is good though and I appreciate that. There’s been a roughly 10 foot long nurse shark taking up residence at the Bubba. The Bubba is a shrimp boat that caught on fire and sank (no fatalities) about 7 miles out of Capri pass at 263° twelve years ago. Besides the nurse shark we spotted on Tuesday, there was a massive loggerhead sea turtle and a couple dozen goliath grouper with many of them being over 200 pounds. Baitfish were plentiful and so were the schools of snook and snapper stalking them! Visibility has been in the 20’ to 25’ range. 

This is going to be a short and sweet Capt. Chronicles. We have been working hard and I don’t have the mental energy to overly philosophize or use super big words.

William Anders was an astronaut on the first human space flight to reach the moon. He snapped the iconic photo of the Earthrise. What a beautiful, extraordinary, and thought-provoking picture! Mr. Anders passed away recently, and you can find the article I’m about to quote and that magnificent exposure here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/us/news/2024/06/08/william-anders-apollo-8-earthrise-nasa-plane-crash/  I wish we all were touched and moved by that picture the way he was…

The photograph, the first colour image of Earth from space, is one of the most important photos in modern history for the way it changed how humans viewed the planet. 
“Oh my God, look at that picture over there!” he said. “There’s the Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty!”
Bill Nelson, Nasa’s administrator, said: “Bill Anders offered to humanity among the deepest of gifts an astronaut can give. He traveled to the threshold of the Moon and helped all of us see something else: ourselves. 
We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.
He recounted how earth looked fragile and seemingly physically insignificant, yet was home.
“That certainly was, by far, the most impressive thing. To see this very delicate, colourful orb which to me looked like a Christmas tree ornament coming up over this very stark, ugly lunar landscape really contrasted.”
The article has been revised and I can’t find my favorite quote from William about earth. It went something like; ‘I just wish we (humans) treated it (earth) better’. Amen to that!!! RIP William Anders, he was 90. THANK YOU!
Live Love & DIVE NOW!  —Jeff

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