“Thar she blows, lads!”
The August issue of Mobile Bay magazine is finally here and on page 44 you’ll find my feature “Turning Over A New Reef” — an in-depth exploration of the beauty, wonder and purposes behind the artificial reefs of Mobile Bay and Perdido Pass.
I’ve lived in Mobile for over 14 years and up until a few months ago, I had no clue that my city was home to all of these weird, man-made underwater structures. I’m not sure if that makes me horrifically uneducated or perhaps just utterly naive. (I’m going with horrifically uneducated.) In fact, until I was given this assignment, I had never even heard of artificial reefs. Apparently Mobile has over 20,000 of them — the largest system in the U.S. (Now I’m ignorantly unobservant. Great.) But, in all seriousness, these underwater behemoth constructions are mind-blowing. They house a myriad of fascinating fish species and other aquatic lifeforms. In Mobile, many of these areas are crucial to the success of our local seafood industry.
To the untrained eye, these submerged tanks, ships, cars and concrete blocks are nothing more than junk sitting on the ocean floor. But to the marine life in the bay, these algae-encrusted objects are the perfect foundations for an underwater utopia.
I’ll refrain from giving away more enthralling information. After all, this is supposed to be a persuasive pitch for my piece. (It’s working, right?)
As you can see from the cover, this month’s theme is Air, Land & Sea. Check out the issue for some other great features, including “Our, Air, Land & Sea” by my fellow writer Emmett Burnett and “An August Dawn Remembered” by John S. Sledge.
But, of course, read my piece first. (I interviewed a professor whose last name is Shipp. Ironic, huh?)
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