The ocean is wealthy not only with natural wonders, but also with man-made arts. Across the world, statues in the bottom of the sea serve many purposes: memorials, protection to a fragile marine environment, diving sites, or simply as an art. Encrusted with corals and coloured with algae, here are some of the best underwater sculptures that have become popular diving destinations in their own right:
Amphitrite statue off Grand Cayman
A hauntingly beautiful site. Just 50 meters offshore from the property on the island’s southwest point is the 272 kilograms mermaid—Amphitrite, the wife of Poseidon, the great god and protector of the sea. A face-to-face with her requires only a 15-meter dive down—within easy swimming reach of divers and snorkelers alike.
Museo Subacuático de Arte off Cancun, Mexico
Euphoric and psychedelic experience. Jason deCaires Taylor created these 500 life-size sculptures. They belong to an underwater installation off Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc, Mexico.
Guardian of the Reef statue off Grand Cayman
People who frequents this site say it gives good luck to plant a kiss on this Guardian of the Reef, the 13 feet tall half-human, half-seahorse, with a shield and staff in hand symbolizing the quest to protect the marine environment. The guardian, who was said to be the companion of Amphitrite, is located in the front yard just off the shores of Grand Cayman.