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.

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Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.