Underwater Lion

The Lion at Neptune Reef

Neptune 14    Neptune 15     Neptune 10               You may have seen pictures of this lion that claims to be from: Atlantis, Shi Cheng, Cleopatra Temple, Lost City, Sunken City, Lost Kingdom of Cleopatra, Lost World, Mu,  Dwaraka, and so forth

Well the truth is that lion is not lost, not ancient, nor forbidden… it is a modern statue. This is a short paper on that photo and proof that any report on this being ancient or lost is false.

The Neptune Memorial (aka Atlantis Memorial Reef) is an underwater cemetery. It is located 3.25 miles (5.2 km) east of Key Biscayne in Miami, Florida with a GPS coordinate of N25º 42.036′, W80º 05.409′. [i]

The Neptune Memorial Reef originally conceived by Gary Levine who in 2007 joined his  Atlantis Reef Project with The Neptune Society and launched the first construction phase of the memorial Reef.  [ii]

The reef was designed by artist Kim Brandell.[iii]  The first phase of the memorial reef based on the idea of a “Lost City” was set into motion in Fed 2007.  The reef first stage included 600 tons of concrete comprising of 41 sculptures, a central plaza and two brass gates flanked by two bronze lions. [iv]  The center 25 ft. arches are 5 ton columns with 50 ton bases. [v]

When completed the reef is expected to have 5 5,000 sculptures and columns set along 5 five concentric eight spoked circles.  The site will cover an area of 600,000 (65,000 m²) square feet and rise to within 25 feet of the ocean’s surface. [vi]

As of 2012, the Reef occupies a half-acre space, estimated to accommodate 850 remains.  [vii]   The reef uses cremated remains that are mixed with cement.  These are then poured into molds of starfish, shells, and coral. Once cured and unmolded, the 10lb sculptures have plaques etched with the person’s name, date of birth and death attached. As of 2012 there were approximately 200 interments.  [viii]

Construction has stopped on the reef. The molds have been destroyed and there have been no additions since the Atlantis group and Neptune have severed relationships.

Picture Gallery

Neptune Memorial Reef  on Facebook                                                                   https://www.facebook.com/NeptuneMemorialReef

Neptune Memorial Reef – Neptune Society                                                               https://youtu.be/FS-2LVXDLoQ

Neptune Memorial Reef – Extreme Miami Hotspot                             https://youtu.be/zySI3FE6IQM

GoPro Hero 3 Scuba Diving the Neptune Memorial Reef             https://youtu.be/wmljuGugZ3w

Ep. 8 – Neptune Memorial Reef (Miami)                                               https://youtu.be/1bmjcc9Cz14

Neptune Memorial Reef                                                                         https://youtu.be/_Oe45LS3htM

Scuba Diving: Neptune Memorial Reef                                                     https://youtu.be/LJCGX2NJb-8

Neptune Memorial Reef July 4th Dive 2012                                     https://youtu.be/dUcwC7QsOCE

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[i] Memorial Reef™ by Neptune Society http://www.neptunesociety.com/memorial-reef

[ii] Atlantis Reef Project Announces Partnership with Neptune Society, The American Chronicle. March 09, 2007 http://archive.is/PPJTX

[iii] Kim Brandell Concrete Reef   http://www.brandellstudios.com/reef.html

[iv] Kim Brandell Video Reef http://www.brandellstudios.com/videos.html

[v] Off Florida, a cemetery under the sea   http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jul/12/nation/na-cremation-reef12

[vi]  Wikipedia: Neptune Memorial Reef  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_Memorial_Reef

[vii] Watery graves offer a haven for divers  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/may/12/conservation.usa?gusrc=rss&feed=travel

[viii]   Artificial Reefs http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/02/artificial-reefs/harrigan-text/1

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