New York Times -- Bonneville Seabase story

My story in today’s (Fri., Nov. 28) New York Times — “Sea Hunt in the Desert,” — covers Bonneville Seabase, a scuba-diving facility in the desert west of Salt Lake City. Thousands of fish — from flitting minnows to a pair of nine-foot-long nurse sharks — live in the murky waters at Seabase, which is an independent experiment in marine biology started 20 years ago by two Utah natives.


After years of development Seabase has evolved into a private tropical-fish preserve off an empty road at 4,293 feet in the high desert. It’s open to snorkelers and scuba divers four days a week, year round, for $15 a day. “We call it an interactive aquarium,” said Linda Nelson, a founder of Seabase.

I visited the facility to dive last month, and it was one of the strangest assignments I’ve ever been on. Click here to read the full story, “Sea Hunt in the Desert,” in the New York Times today.

Posted by Brock Foreman - 12/01/2008 10:01 AM

The sharks quickly adapted to desert conditions. And then… A movie starring Bruce Campbell?

Posted by Stanley B - 12/01/2008 04:09 PM

I had the pleasure to join Mr. Regenold on this outing. Let me confirm that this was clearly one of the most unusual things I have ever done, diving in the desert??? It was a surreal experience to say the least. However, being that close to a nine foot long shark was exhilerating, luckily I still have all my digits in tact. Great article Stephen, keep up the outstanding work.

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