Photo credit: Courtesy Dr. Joe MacInnis
Expertise: Paleontology, archeology, Diving, Water, Adventure
By Harry Wilson
Whatever you do, don’t call Joe MacInnis an aquanaut. “The word means everything and nothing,” the godfather of Canadian deep-sea explorers told Canadian Geographic. Indeed, the cartoonish term doesn’t even come close to encapsulating MacInnis’s numerous accomplishments, many of which can read like something out of a Clive Cussler novel: leader of the first team to explore the waters beneath the North Pole; the discovery in 1980 of Breadalbane, the world’s northernmost known shipwreck, which sank in 1853 off Beechey Island in the Canadian Arctic; and among the first to dive the wreck of Titanic. So no, not aquanaut — but legend should do nicely.