Farewell, Lenka

It is not very often that you find people with whom you share the same hobbies but, luckily, from time to time it happens, and in these cases a very special personal connection is established. We become part of their world, and they become part of ours. Lenka Juskaničová was one of these people.

Lenka Juskaničová

Lenka Juskaničová. Picture by Tony Juan

Over the years many of us have shared several hobbies with her: scuba diving, underwater photography, sea slugs, countless underwater old stories … This infinitely friendly, nice, restless and adventurous woman was known to many of us for her intense relationship with the sea. In her own words she told me, not long ago: “Underwater your soul and mind are a thousand light years from evil.”

Her insatiable curiosity was often rewarded by observing things that usually go unnoticed to people, and in these moments her face was illuminated by a ray of illusion. Her generosity was legendary, she was always willing to share her underwater findings with others, to the point that she had been named as the most active person in the Sea Watchers citizen science network.

But Lenka left us, the night from July 23rd, 2020, doing what she liked the most: Scuba diving. She left us sad, speechless, thinking about what must have happened so that, after starting just another dive, it went terribly wrong and ended so tragically.

Lenka, you have left a deep mark on everyone who knew you. I hope there is a sea wherever you are.

Miquel Pontes

Informàtic de profesió, és fotògraf submarí i naturalista aficionat. Submarinista des del 1994, el seu “logbook” compta amb unes 700 immersions al mar Mediterrani i als oceans Atlàntic, Índic i Pacífic. Ha participat i participa en tota mena de projectes divulgatius (llibres, revistes, webs, conferències, exposicions…) com a mitjà per difondre el seu interès principal: protegir els mars i els éssers que hi habiten. Fundador del Grup d’Estudis M@re Nostrum (www.marenostrum.org) Soci fundador del GROC (Grup Recerca d’Opistobranquis der Catalunya). Soci Fundador del VIMAR (Vida Marina). Va descobrir l’interessant mon dels opistobranquis el 1997 de la ma dels seus companys d’immersió i des de llavors ha estat una línia de treball continuada, aportant fotos submarines, observacions fetes al medi i donant suport informàtic per a la difusió d’aquests continguts.