Belize Blues

Given the weather in Boston, it’s no shocker that a story about Belize caught my eye. It was about Belize’s Great Blue Hole, and more specifically, about a mission to explore it that took place late last year. The mission got a lot of attention at the time because the crew included Richard Branson and Fabien Cousteau. It was also broadcast on Discovery.

Here’s a promo for that by another well known crew member, Shark Week’s Luke Tipple.

You can still watch the original broadcast, too!
Into the Blue Hole (Discovery)

The mission is back in the news because some results have just been released, and here’s a video about those narrated by the mission’s Chief Pilot, Erika Bergman.

Here’s the press release and the story that originally caught my eye from Forbes.
Aquatica Submarines Completes Historic Expedition To The Blue Hole Of Belize (The Confluence Group)
What Richard Branson, Fabien Cousteau, And Aquatica Submarines Found In Belize’s Great Blue Hole (Priya Shukla, Forbes)

Neat stuff!

In case you were wondering, yes, you can go diving in the Great Blue Hole. Here’s a brief promo for that from Travel Insider.

Of course, there’s great diving with tons of blue to be seen in Belize beyond the Blue Hole. Here’s a lovely 360° video from MIT’s Edgerton Center and Boston’s Museum of Science that takes you on a dive to see the coral reefs at Glover’s Reef Research Station

Nice!

So, what do you think the chances are that doing research about something blue in Belize won’t bring up some other distracting videos? For example, I tripped over this beautiful promo for Chabil Mar Resort.

Worse yet, there was this video about a private island named Little Peter Oasis for rent on Airbnb. Spoiler alert — there’s tons of blue!

Finally, the most distracting thing of all was this 360° video of a place called Bird Island which is also available for rent on Airbnb.

Sigh!

Given the weather heading in this week, I’ve definitely got the Belize blues!
One of the strongest Arctic outbreaks of winter is ready to surge into the Lower 48 in early March (Ian Livingston, The Washington Post via Boston.com)
Sunday to Monday storm to bring snow, ice, rain and then Arctic blast to northeastern US (Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather)

Oh no, are the Belize blues contagious?

If they are, and you’ve caught them now too, and you’re in a position to go for a cure, here are some helpful links.
Belize 2019: Best of Belize Tourism (TripAdvisor)
Travel Belize.org
Belize (Encyclopædia Britannica)
Belize (Wikipedia)

Heck, a Belize break would be great, but another really distracting story in the news this week was that TripAdvisor has released the 2019 edition of the World’s Best Beaches.
The world’s best beaches, according to TripAdvisor (Tamara Hardingham-Gill, CNN)
A Year of the World’s Best Beaches (CNN)

Yeah!

I hope you’ve enjoyed all of this distraction as much as I did 🙂

Happy Weekend!

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