By Janet Reingold
The third “Cay Topics” luncheon program of 2015 took place Tuesday, March 17 at the Harbour’s Edge on Elbow Cay. A capacity gathering of 120 was enthralled by Brian Kakuk’s presentation on Blue Holes & Caves.
Brian is Director of the Bahamas Caves Research Foundation, and co-owner of Bahamas Underground Technical Diving Facility in Marsh Harbour. He is a former U.S. Navy Diver with more than 35 years of professional diving experience, and more than 4,000 exploration cave dives. Brian is one of the leading authorities on the underwater/underground environments of the Bahamas and other high profile explorations in Mexico, Belize, Bermuda, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Christmas Island, and the U.S.
A diving logistics and safety expert, and accomplished underwater photographer, Brian’s work has taken him beneath nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers, and to assist in the filming of numerous documentaries and feature filsm including: Into The Blue, The Cave, and Prirates of the Caribbean 1 and 2.
Brian’s spellbinding presentation, photographs, slides, books, and artifacts taught attendees much about the last frontiers on earth, the caves and blue holes that reveal much scientific information, some dating back 350,000 years, about our history, archaeology, anthropology, geology, sea levels, and weather patterns. His explorations have discovered new species of sea life, well-preserved skulls of Lucayan Indians, red dust blown across the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara Desert, and much more. His photographs have been featured in many diving books, magazines–including National Geographic—and tourism publications around the world.
Through his explorations, research, and photographs, Brian is helping bring to light the amazing and delicate nature of the Bahamas Underground. These images are providing Bahamian lawmakers with the information they need to move forward with conserving these one-of-a-kind natural treasures.
To purchase his books and photographs, or for guided dives or technical diving adventures, email Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website: www.bahamasunderground.com
And a reminder for next year: Cay Topics luncheons take place each year on the third Tuesday of each month, during January, February, and March. Mark your calendar for next year: January 18, February 16, March 15.