We’ve been exploring the ocean for generations. But it seems the more we learn about it, the less we know. Vast in scope and size, brimming with strange animals and plants, the world that lies beneath the sea is still largely a mystery. Yet the importance of a vibrant ocean and its untapped resources becomes increasingly obvious.
That goes double for those of us in Florida. Panama City Beachï¿½s Ocean Week, July 21 ï¿½ 27, 2014, understands and celebrates that fact. The event was inspired by advancements in underwater exploration, and it honors them in a big way. And itï¿½s only right.
Thatï¿½s because many of those advancements were made possible when the Panama City Beach Navy Mine Defense Laboratory developed SeaLab I, currently on display at the Man in the Sea Museum.
The event commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the SeaLab program and also acknowledges continuing achievement in underwater exploration. Plus it emphasizes the importance that a healthy ocean plays in our lives. It does this with a bevy of events, activities, and funï¿½all guaranteed to make your whole gang smile. Ocean Week events include:
ï¿½Fishing workshops, including workshops for kids
ï¿½Shell Island Shoreline Clean-up
ï¿½Special musical guests
ï¿½Caribbean Pig Roast
ï¿½A boat show
ï¿½The Lion-Tamer Dive Tournament (a spearfishing tournament to help control the invasive, destructive Lion Fish)
ï¿½And too much more to list
The events are just the tip of the sandbar. Click Here for a full list of events in PDF format.