Oxygen on tap

With the invasion of scuba divers, we mers are feeling the loss of our communities.

We can invade too. So, lookout.🧜‍♀️

Oxygen bars are going to great depths to remain popular

Oxygen bars are so last year. Or are they? While they never took off the way regular booze bars have, oxygen bars have persisted as a fun novelty (and pseudo-scientific health treatment) in tourist spots worldwide. Now the trend is getting an upgrade in the form of an underwater oxygen bar in Cozumel, Mexico. Known as the “Clear Lounge,” this new novelty offers guests 20 minute “treatments” submerged in an aquarium built for humans. Scented oxygen is delivered through tubes feeding into clear diving helmets and you can even play undersea games with other patrons and a diving “bartender.” Is this the oxygen bar takeover we’ve all been waiting for? That’s doubtful, but it is a sure sign of the oxygen bar’s long-lasting ability to captivate visitors looking for unusual experiences on their mass-tourism travels.

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ATTENTION Wreck Divers! A Mer Girl waits for you. Put on your imagination.

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By Mermaid Serenity

In the USA: The Graveyard of the Atlantic gets its name from the estimated 2000 shipwrecks scattered along the North Carolina coastline. Consistently voted #1 Wreck Diving in North America by Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Poll, many of these historic vessels are accessible to divers.

Some of the most impressive wrecks are the World War II casualties – vessels fallen prey to Hitler’s U-boat fleet as they traversed the offshore waters. Tankers, cargo ships, British fishing trawlers and even German submarines, form impressive underwater monuments to this tumultuous segment of our maritime heritage. Among others, a World War I gunboat, a late 18th-century schooner, and an early 20th-century luxury liner exist in North Carolina’s unparalleled collection of dive-able history.

Additionally, thanks to the continued efforts of the NC Division of Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Program, local fishing organizations and the Carteret County Artificial Reef Association, North Carolina is home to a plethora of vessels sunk purposefully as artificial reefs. Like their historical counterparts, these sites host a vast array of marine life making for thoroughly enjoyable diving experiences.

Want to know details about the sites before you see them? Click on the sites you want to see or just scroll through and check them all out! Here: https://www.olympusdiving.com/en/ship-wreck-diving

Danish Seaweed Beer

In collaboration with the world-renowned Danish brewery company Herslev Bryghus, we have developed an amazing beer.

It’s a pale ale made with organic barley malt and organic hops – and of course our own wild harvested sugar kelp! The sugar kelp is harvested at the right season for giving the best taste to the beer! Our beer have a alcohol percentage at 5.9 vol and is made in 0.5 bottles!

A sweetness and salt taste from the seaweed combined with the classic english pale ale taste – enjoy!

Right now it’s possibal to drink this wunderfull beer at some of the best michelin restaurants in Denmark, in the future, we hope, that foreign restaurants will be aware of what seaweed can do in beer.

Seaweed beer at the beach

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Cracked Crab with Lemongrass

Cracked Crab with Lemongrass, Black Pepper, & Basil Recipe


  • 2 stalks fresh lemongrass, ends trimmed and coarse leaves discarded
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 fully cooked Dungeness crabs (about 2 lbs. each), cleaned, legs cracked, and bodies quartered
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro sprigs
  • 1 cup loosely packed Thai basil leaves or small regular basil leaves

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 351Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g

Saturated Fat 2.1g

Cholesterol 163mg
Sodium 1060mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g

Dietary Fiber 2g

Protein 35g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

How to Make It

Chop lemongrass. Put in a food processor with ginger and garlic; whirl until minced. Scrape into a large bowl and stir in honey, soy sauce, and pepper. Add crabs and stir to coat well. Cover, then chill at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour.

Pour oil into a 14-in. wok or a wide 8- to 10-qt. pot over medium-high heat. With a slotted spoon, add crabs (reserve marinade). Cover and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes (omit this cooking time if using fully cooked crabs).

Uncover pan, add marinade, and cook, stirring often, until crabs are steaming and meat is opaque, about 5 minutes.

Stir in cilantro and basil, then transfer crabs and juices to a serving bowl.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

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Visiting Breweries

Cheers Now And For Every Special Season

Deck the beers with hops and barley

‘Tis the season to get tipsy. You’ve got visits with your relatives, dreary weather, and cats that keep knocking over your holiday decor — all reasons to throw one back as you wait for 2019. While Champaign-Urbana has made quite a name for themselves in the local craft beer community, just down the road in Bloomington-Normal are some additional excellent options. Whether you want to pick up a unique gift for the booze lover in your life, or just need a little adventure, Bloomington-Normal has four brewery options for you.

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“Hydrotherapy – Waters of Wonder”

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Consider your perfect spa retreat] in a location where mineral-rich spring water (and sometimes seawater is used to give medicinal baths. Spa towns or spa resorts (including) hot springs (resorts) typically offer various health treatments, which are also known as balneotherapy.

The belief in the curative powers of mineral waters goes back to prehistoric times. Such practices have been popular worldwide, but are especially widespread in Europe and Japan.

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The Sinking of the Titanic


Listen to the sad hymn while reading about the true occurrence.

One hundred years ago, the ship that couldn’t sink sank. It’s the centennial
anniversary of RMS Titanic’s ill-fated end on its debut transatlantic crossing. On April 10, 1912, the Titanic, largest ship afloat, left Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City. The White Star Line had spared no expense in assuring her luxury. A legend even before she sailed, her passengers were a mixture of the world’s wealthiest
basking in the elegance of first class accommodations and immigrants packed into steerage.

She was touted as the safest ship ever built, so safe that she carried only 20 lifeboats – enough to provide accommodation for only half her 2,200 passengers and crew. This discrepancy rested on the belief that since the ship’s construction made her “unsinkable,” her
lifeboats were necessary only to rescue survivors of other sinking ships. Additionally, lifeboats took up valuable deck space. At the time of her construction, the Titanic was the largest ship ever built. She was nearly 900
feet long, stood 25 stories high, and weighed an incredible 46,000 tons.

With turn-of-the century design and technology, including sixteen major watertight compartments in her lower section that could easily be sealed off in the event of a punctured hull, the Titanic was deemed an unsinkable ship. According to her builders, even in the worst possible accident at sea, two ships colliding, the Titanic would stay afloat for two to three days, which would provide enough time for nearby ships to help.

On April 14, 1912, however, the Titanic sideswiped a massive iceberg and sank in less than three hours. Damaging nearly 300 feet of the ship’s hull, the collision allowed water to flood six of her sixteen major watertight compartments.

She was on her maiden voyage to the United States, carrying more than 2200 passengers and crew, when she foundered. Only 705 of those aboard the Titanic ever reached their destination. After what seemed like a minor collision with an iceberg, the largest ship ever built sank in a fraction of the time estimated for her worst possible accident at sea. Continue reading

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