Neptune Memorial Reef
Life under the sea is a whole world itself from mermaids to sharks it is simply memorizing. There are endless possibilities for what the ocean has kept from us. But in Key Biscanye, Florida they have created a scenery that we can scuba dive into and feel like we are part of the underwater life.
Neptune is the Roman God of Fresh Water, and Florida has plenty of that. It was only right to create an underwater memorial in Neptune’s honor. In 2007 they created the largest man-made underwater reef and named it Neptune’s Memorial Reef. It is about 3 miles off the shores of Key Biscayne, right outside of Miami.
This underwater treasure is about 40 feet deep and is a decorative design of what the Lost City of Atlantis would have looked like. It has increased coral and marine life since it was placed underwater and they plan on creating 16 acres of the city under the sea.
Life after Life
If that doesn’t blow your mind, they also have the rare option to be cremated and buried underwater in the Lost City of Atlantis. They call it the “Green Burial Council”. They have the memorial site completely underwater and you can choose in advance or your family can choose a design of a sea creature or sea shape to be kept in. (for example, starfish, sea horse, etc). They started the memorial off with soldiers who had no family and were never claimed after the wars. Now families can get scuba certified so they can go to the reef anytime they like to visit their loved ones.
This beautiful attraction is free to the public and open at all times. If you do not have a boat or scuba gear, they do have rentals and everything you need to have the experience of a lifetime.
The Lost City of Atlantis is currently about an acre big and they are planning to make it at least 64 acres. The reef could be classified officially as a coral reef as it inhabits over 14 different corals currently. There are 76 huge columns as of now but plenty more to come. There are stairs, lion statues, and plenty of places to swim in between. Not to mention all of the amazing sea creatures and fish you get to swim next to.
They have recently discovered the sea urchin living in the underwater city, as it was to be believed that they had vanished from the beach sides of Florida. Even the urchins love the idea of a lost city underwater.
It is a must-see and it should be added to everyone’s bucket list!