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Scuba Diving over an Abyss
Greg - 1/13/2014 7:31 AM
Category: Health & Safety
Replies: 13

In the book titled "Undersea Colonies" by Dennis Chamberland, he writes:

"In one very powerful experience, I was diving in water so deep the bottom was far beyond what I could see. As I hung there in the void and looked around me, I observed the ocean stretching out before me in all directions, blue and vast. Below me the abyss turned to a deep cobalt blue."

I’ve personally experienced this as well...and it was pretty scary. My mind kept replaying all the movies I’ve seen, where big sea creatures come up from the deep. It was an adrenaline pumping experience for sure!

Have you experienced the same? What did it feel like?
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lerpy - 1/13/2014 8:43 AM
I found diving in this type of setting a very cool experience. I was drifting along a reef in Bahamas where is drops off to some 2000’. It was neat to move off the reef and out into the blue water. At one point as I was drifting I saw some shadows out in the blue, eventualy I realized it was a few reef sharks coming to check me out. I also thought a lot about bouyancy control and what I would do if my wing pooched right at the wrong moment.
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havoc - 1/13/2014 9:14 AM
That would be amazing and I can’t wait to experience that. I’ve been in water where you couldn’t see the bottom but mud was more the factor rather than depth.
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Greg - 1/13/2014 11:41 AM
From Rich-D-Fish: Then my guide pulled a smashed up 7-up bottle out of his wetsuit that I didn’t know he had with him. He pointed at the bottle, then to his eyes, and then straight down, and then back to his eyes. I got the idea. He crinkled the bottle for about 10 seconds and then stopped.
Wow...sounds like an amazing dive! I didn’t know hammerheads were attracted to crinkling metal cans, that’s cool. It is pretty freaky to be over top of really deep dark water, especially when large predators are beneath you.
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Rich-D-Fish - 1/13/2014 11:57 AM
From Greg: attracted to crinkling metal cans
It was actually a plastic 7up bottle. I plan to try it in my local waters to see what else it might attract :-)
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Greg - 1/13/2014 12:05 PM
From Rich-D-Fish: It was actually a plastic 7up bottle.
Does it have to be a 7up bottle or can I use a plastic Dr. Pepper bottle? :)
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UWnewbee - 1/13/2014 8:47 PM
is that Diet or non Diet?? lol
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Rich-D-Fish - 1/13/2014 10:40 PM
Ha ha ha. Dr. Pepper bottles actually call Great White Sharks. So go ahead and try it! LOL
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UWnewbee - 1/14/2014 5:21 AM
Thanks Rich. So Greg, when you use your bottle of Dr. Pepper to attract the Great White make sure its a Diet soda as then youll know the shark is a female
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havoc - 1/14/2014 6:41 AM
What would a Fanta or Monster drink bring out?
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daz88 - 1/14/2014 6:41 AM
" water so deep the bottom was far beyond what I could see".....hell , I dive in California. Pretty much every dive is like this....and you only have to be in 30 feet of water. ;) "beyond what I could see"... some days you can’t see you hand if you put your arm straight out.
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UWnewbee - 1/15/2014 9:59 PM
From hoofpick: I was diving Theo’s Wreck off Grand Bahama Island at about 105 ft. I swam around the screw and rudder of the ship and came out on the other side (keel or bottom of the ship) only to find my self looking down into the Bahama’s Trench which is about 2,000 ft. straight down. The wall was sheer and you could see the sand drifting over the edge. Very dark and very eerie feeling looking down into that abyss.
Wow Lonnie,, as scary and eerie that sounds but it must have been a sight to see,, and ill bet that wasnt a good place to drop anything! ha ha