This Undersea Museum Helps Conserve Coral Life

Kirstin Fawcett

One of Yucatán's most fascinating tourist attractions sits 25 feet underwater, on the Caribbean seabed. Situated between Cancun and the nearby Isla Mujeres, the Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA) is a living art museum dedicated to environmental preservation and awareness. The dive location contains more than 500 porous cement sculptures, which are designed to promote the growth of seaweed, coral, and algae. As marine life colonizes and feeds off the statues, the cement figures will gradually transform into a giant coral reef.

Take a vicarious swim through the MUSA by watching Great Big Story’s video above.

[h/t Great Big Story]

Banner image: Andy Blackledge via Flickr // CC BY 2.0
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