February 23, 2016
2322 UNITED KINGDOM (Bermuda) - Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
Opened in 1997, Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) has the purpose "to advance the understanding, appreciation and knowledge of the ocean and to encourage the protection and preservation of the marine environment", but also to know and learn about the historic shipwrecks of Bermuda. This is done through a series of eye-popping artifacts and exhibits, many of them interactive. The exhibits are showcased in two different floors.
On the lower floor there is a Treasure Room that showcases many of the items collected by Teddy Tucker, a legendary scuba diver of Bermuda who collected numerous underwater treasures from shipwrecks. The Bioluminescence Section showcases the underwater creatures that create their own lights or glows. There is also has a Shark Cage, in which the visitors can experience a simulated attack and hit by a shark. The section The Deep explains the sea floor terrain and many deep sea creatures.
On the upper floor you can take a simulated trip to the ocean floor by a modern Nautilus-X2 submarine, during which you will encounter many underwater creatures of the sea (all virtual though). The circular Science at Sea room is an interactive learning room where you can come to know about the latest discoveries of the sea. The Shell Collection room is a display of 1200 shells collected by Jack Lightbourn. Another section exhibits Lion Fish and other invasive species. In Bermuda Revealed, you can see a replica of bathysphere, in which William Beebe and Otis Barton descended to a depth of half a mile off the coast of Bermuda in the 1934.
About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Bays and Inlets, about which I wrote here. The second stampis part of the Bermudan Shells, about which I wrote here.
Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute - Bermuda Attractions
Sent from Southampton (Bermuda / United Kingdom), on 29.04.2014
Photo: Allan Davidson