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.