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ForbesThe ocean is at least as mysterious as outer space, and arguably not much better understood. The advent of scuba technology in the past half-century has given us a radically different view of things down there, making at least part of the ocean's depths accessible. In Neutral Buoyancy, journalist and diver Tim Ecott combines his own experiences with those of fellow divers around the world to explore the allure of the ocean's embrace from the Seychelles to Sardinia. It appears that many find the sense of peace and equanimity that comes over them underwater as intoxicating as exploring the aquatic life itself. Woven throughout are tales of man's history in the water -- sponge divers in ancient Greece; the first diving bells and barrels; the Royal Navy frogmen of World War II and the free-diving daredevils of today. Sea Hunt it isn't, but rather a contemplative exploration of man's relationship to an environment that seems otherworldly.