In order to boost the understanding regarding the underwater mysteries and diversity under the crust of sea water, the BUEI or Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute was opened in the year 1997 which governs the knowledge regarding the significant shipwrecks from the past in Bermuda. Institute also provides you with a tour of amazingly build artifacts and showcased workpieces for an exhibition that are sometimes interactive as well.
Situated in Hamilton City, the destination faces a large number of tourists seeking in.
The Treasuries of Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
The Institute flaunts a replica of 500 pounds and 27-foot long squid. This life-size squid hanging in the entrance is just the beginning of the exciting to that is coming next. The exhibition of artifacts consists of two different floors.
The Lower Floor
- This floor locates a Treasure Room which displays a number of items collected by a great scuba diver of the island, Teddy Tucker. He collected a large number of treasures from the shipwrecks that are sleeping under the water. He was also an honourable chairman of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, passed away in the summer of 2014.
- Amidst these marvellous collections of the Treasure Room, there is a replica made out of good and emerald of Pectoral Cross which was brought down from the ruins of the ship San Pedro in 1955. An ampoule of opium is also on display, which was gathered from a ship named Constellation that sank sometime during 1943. These are few from the many collections of the legendary Teddy Tucker. You will even encounter a lot of treasure coins and gold bars in here.
- Just at the exit, a replica of the largest Great White Shark’s jaw is mounted. It is assumed to be the largest one ever caught in the history. Due to the presence of a large number of shipwrecks, the Institute glorifies its soul with even more zeal.
- They also show film footages in the Shipwreck Gallery of Teddy Tucker’s adventure exploration of the Constellation and San Pedro.
- On the other hand, the glowing and attractive underwater creatures are showcased in the Bioluminescence Section. The sounds of the whales and dolphins in here are some frequent encounters. The underwater food chain is also depicted here through a huge mural.
- One of the most exciting parts of the lower floor is that it also shelters a huge Shark cage. The cage is filled with a group of people up to 5 or 6, and then they get the opportunity to feel the hit and attacks by the shark out there. Interactions with jellyfishes are also enabled in here.
The Upper Floor
- The upper floor opens a tremendous opportunity for you by providing a trip to the ocean floor that is as deep as probably 12,000 foot through modern Nautilus-X2 submarine for 7 minutes. In this seven minutes long virtual trip you will come face to face with the underwater creatures and will feel the thrill to unravel their mysteries.
- The earlier room named “Science of Sea” is now replaced with the brand new title “Living with the Oceans.” With the onset of sophisticated and modern technology, this section of the Institute enables you with the joyous interaction with the secrets of oceans and its diverse marine life that stretches all across the world. This section is stimulated into seven mega screens that slide the visitors to explore any part of the giant ocean throughout the world and navigate coral reefs that induce real-life.
- The Living with the Oceans depicts the whales, reefs as well as sharks indigenous to Bermuda. Not only this, but it also attempts to create awareness regarding the devastating effects of plastic pollution, conversion of oceans into dumping areas and global warming on the life that breathes inside the Ocean’s water.
- The Shell collection room is worth a visit that showcases mind-blowing numbers of shells, up to thousands in the calculation. The 1/4th of the shell collection that comprises of 1200 in number are said to be collected by a man named Jack Light bourn.
- Another section of the upper floor had even modified from Invasive Species to Built to Win America’s Cup. The sections interpret the story of America’s Cup’s history and technology. It is regarded as the oldest and most dignified sailing races that began even before Olympics, more precisely, 45 years before it. With Bermuda conducting the 35th America’s Cup this year, the Institute aims at creating awareness and knowledge regarding the America’s Cup’s contribution in the history of sailing over the years.
Definitely, nobody will be willing to carry the guilt of not visiting this glorious Institute without sufficient time in hand, on their trip to Bermuda. With its rich collection and treasures that not only supplement knowledge but awareness towards nature as well, the visit made here is worth a memorable tour.