The “sea” within us has the same saltiness as the Precambrian seas of three billion years ago. Rachel Carson, in her book The Sea Around Us, gives us a clue to our origins: “When the animals went ashore to take up life on land, they carried part of the sea in their bodies, a heritage which they passed on to their children and which even today links each land animal with its origins in the ancient sea.”

Seafan

Seafan

I was missing something…I was feeling out of sorts and out of sync with my everyday life…my inner balance was off and I was in need of some serious equilibrium. Finally the little light went off in my head (and heart) and the fog suddenly cleared like murky waters settling into clarity…I was suffering from a severe case of Vitamin SEA deficiency!  

seascape

seascape

With hands shaking and sweat on my brow I made a frantic call to my sea doctor, the lovely and very attentive Mrs. Enes of Belize Diving Adventures before I went into full withdrawal symptoms! She is always there for me when I dial 911 for emergency sea therapy and she knows just how to talk me off that desperate ledge. Enes calmly assures me that she has just the medicine I need…I must swim with the fishes and glorious creatures of the Caribbean Sea!

Green turtle

Green turtle

I shudder to think what I would do without her healing advice and I quickly board her ambulance (I mean boat) and with sirens wailing (in my mind) Diving Mistress Enes, guide and boat captain Russell and first mate the very adorable Joshua hurry me and other afflicted patients (I mean guests) off to the #1 sea hospital in Belize…Hol Chan Marine ER, whoops I mean RESERVE!

Enes breifs the group

Enes breifs the group

After a couple hours of ‘SEA-PR’ I am revived back to life…and I fling myself back into the boat, flapping and slapping around like a fish out of water. Russell checks my neck for gills…whew; I got out of the water just in time! Now all is right with the world until my vitamin sea level drops again and I will have to return to the tropical waters, resurrecting the primordial sea within me.

 

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About the Author: Tamara Sniffin

I’m a sucker for a fuzzy face, a feathered face, a face with fins or even one with scales! I am in love with the creatures and the flora that are synonymous with Belize and every opportunity I have to learn more about them and explore their wild habitats I am there! I’m the happiest when I’m snorkeling the reef and swimming with turtles, however my passion is not just limited to critters! Laced throughout this compact jungle gem of a country live the Kriol, Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo and Spanish people, and experiencing each culture, especially their celebrations is one of my favorite pastimes.


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