Tropical Research

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In the Early 20th Century, the Department of Tropical Research Was Full of Glamorous Adventure

April 25, 2017

Online article: “Clad in a red bathing suit, artist Else Bostelmann took careful steps down a 44-foot metal ladder and into the sea off the coast of Bermuda. It was 1931. A 60-pound diving helmet made of copper rested heavily on her shoulders until she submerged beneath the turquoise-green waves. As she descended, she looked down to see a valley carpeted with soft white sand and surrounded by coral and branching gorgonians rising to meet her…”

 

Submerged Beach, 1400 Fathoms,  Else Bostelmann, Bermuda, 1931. Watercolor on paper, 11 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches.  courtesy Wildlife Conservation Society Archives