Amazing Diving Stories: Incredible Tales from Deep Beneath the Sea & Around the World

Amazing Diving Stories: Incredible Tales from Deep Beneath the Sea & Around the World

by John Bantin
     
 

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This collection of true diving stories makes for compelling reading for all divers. Enjoy classic tales of this extreme watersport, from thrilling wreck discoveries to encounters with the bizarre and the beautiful. There are stories of death and disaster, as well as bravery and triumph.


Tales of the exciting and the extreme rub shoulders with more poetic

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Overview

This collection of true diving stories makes for compelling reading for all divers. Enjoy classic tales of this extreme watersport, from thrilling wreck discoveries to encounters with the bizarre and the beautiful. There are stories of death and disaster, as well as bravery and triumph.


Tales of the exciting and the extreme rub shoulders with more poetic pieces about the people and places that make up the folklore of this fascinating sport. The author’s global tour takes you everywhere, from Indonesia to the Caribbean and from the chill waters of Northern Europe to the reefs of the Pacific.


Every ocean of the world is explored, making this essential reading for divers everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781119941590
Publisher:
Fernhurst Books Limited
Publication date:
07/27/2012
Series:
Amazing Stories , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
File size:
13 MB
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CLOSE CALL WITH A HUMPBACK WHALE

Rarely will a mother and calf be seen without an escort male that takes responsibility for shepherding the pair safely, but woe betide the diver who dares to annoy the escort with aggressive behaviour.

During his Navy diving days in 1971, Bret Gilliam had worked collecting data from fast attack nuclear submarines. It was in the superb visibility afforded by the waters off the US Virgin

Islands. During the long underwater decompression stops required, he had often seen humpback whales. He became an enthusiastic humpback spotter and this eventually led to 20 annual trips to the Silver Banks, an area between the Dominican Republic and Grand Turk. It’s now an area well-known among divers for encounters with humpback whales and their young calves.

“Standing on their tails and bobbing in the gentle evening sea, they positioned themselves with their heads turned, to present eyes the size of hockey pucks that seemed to look right through you. At that point, the experience of swimming with our military’s subs seemed pretty pale by comparison.”

It was common to see pregnant females disappear and reappear a day or so later with a calf in tow, but nobody has ever recorded a mother whale giving birth. Where they go to and how the birth is accomplished, is still one of life’s big mysteries.

It was February 1993. The weather was not too good and it was extremely windy. Diving out in the open ocean was out of the question and “for want of anything better to do”, Bret left the boat and went alone for a shallow dive in the lee of a coral reef, swimming among the coral pillars that punctuated the sandy bottom. Even here he could not escape the whales’ presence, with their haunting songs flowing over and around the underwater landscape and filling his ears as he swam.

He was very surprised indeed to round a coral head and come face to face with a mother whale and her calf. “I was fewer than 3 m (10 ft) from them,” he recalled. What an opportunity for an underwater photographer!

The whales were resting with the baby lying under its mother’s watchful gaze. It was the smallest calf Bret had ever seen at around only

2 m long (6 ft) and 110 kg (250 lb). In fact, he remembered thinking it was about the same size and weight as him.

“My mind was racing. Was this a newborn calf? Had I nearly stumbled on what every photographer in the world had sought for decades? Certainly, the calf was the right size and clearly was so young that he couldn’t hold his breath for more than few seconds. I cradled my camera and began to line up the shots.

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Meet the Author

After a 25 year career as a successful advertising photographer and television commercials director, John Bantin took a year off to go scuba diving. One thing lead to another and his life took on a major change. He worked for a short time as a dive guide on a pioneering liveaboard dive boat in the Red Sea in 1992, he also ran a dive centre in the Mediterranean before settling down to become Technical Editor of the long-established Diver magazine in the UK. Since then he has spent more than twenty years travelling the world, diving in all the best places, and writing about his adventures and experiences. He has also been published in the USA in Undercurrent magazine and in Scandinavia in DYK.
Bantin is today’s most engaging writer about the underwater world. He gets behind the scenes of terrible tragedies, applies his great wit to his own travels and travails, and explores the unusual, the bizarre and the extreme from beneath the sea.

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