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Canada's greatest explorers 2015

Joe MacInnis

Photo credit: Courtesy Dr. Joe MacInnis

Diving luminary

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.


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