Lemons Don’t Sink

Many scientific studies have shown that whole lemons don’t sink when placed in water. Well, this non-myth has been unscientifically ‘busted’ – especially since I happen to be one of two lemons that can sink just fine. The secret is to weigh us down with heavy weights and submersible gear, then purchase a ten dive package while visiting the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora.

With the help of a very entertaining, fun, and skilled group of scuba divers at the Bora Diving Center, Yen and I were sinking, twisting, and wetsuit scubaing all under the lagoon’s surface. They even had some of the most affordable packages in Bora Bora, so it was utterly unquestionable for us to even think of diving with any other company.

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As we dove deeper into the depths, we fin-kicked all of Ariel’s undersea whining to the side, and mustered up our clownfish guts in search of a Nemo we never lost. We only saw a small portion of their underwater world, but what we saw was otherworldly. In retrospect I can say that Sebastian was right, “…it’s better, down where it’s wetter…” Just don’t try to breathe it all in if you get my drift.

Corals were in no shortage — they were teeming with exotic aquatic life. We fed tuna heads to lemon sharks, swam with majestic manta rays, and hid on the sea floor as we tried to get glimpses of some super shy spotted eagle rays. It was all just too much to recount. I won’t bore you any longer with words, so I hope these pictures and video will do the lagoon of Bora Bora some justice.

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Before we paddle off we would like to give a special thanks to all of the instructors at Bora Diving Center for being so friendly, knowledgeable, and encouraging – Consuelo, Dan, and Jeanchelle – you patiently put up with us underwater as we behaved like uncivilized humans from the land. These are memories we’ll never have to try too hard, or go too far under the sea to remember.

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