Mauritius: Underwater World
How do fish breathe?
The subscooter is an underwater scooter that you drive along the ocean floor. It has a round helmet on top that looks like a giant bubble. Your head goes inside the bubble while the rest of your body is open to the warm ocean waters. A tube then connects this bubble to a tank that supplies oxygen. It works like an inverted glass underwater to keep air out and allow you to breathe. I was able to stay under for almost 40 minutes exploring the marine life without having to come up for air. It was definitely one of the weirdest things I have ever done!
As I zoomed along in my subscooter I passed through a shimmering school of tiny scissortail fish.
Before explorers discovered Mauritius, the sea life here was incredible! Today, I can only see a small percentage of the fish that I would have seen a hundred years ago. That is because construction and pollution have harmed the marine life that once lived there. Another reminder of how important it is to protect our lakes, rivers, oceans, and seas.