Showing posts with label Scuba Diving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scuba Diving. Show all posts

Video: A Red Octopus Takes on a Swimmer Crab – with a Surprise Ending

This clip has been making the round on the Internet for the past week, but I thought it was worth sharing for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. It was shot by a couple of divers who watched an epic clash between a red octopus and a swimmer crab on the bottom of the ocean, with the octopus being very aggressive. But just before you think you know what is about to happen, nature intervenes in an unexpected way.

Video: Explore the Underwater Kaleidoscope of Cortes Banks

Located 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, Cortes Banks has become a refuge for a stunning array of wildlife. In this video, we travel to that place, and dive with underwater explorer Brian Skerry, who takes us into this amazing place of vibrant colors and beautiful sea creatures. It is an extraordinary spot that few people ever get the chance to see, but you can spend three minutes there with his video.

Video: Yab Yum - Searching the Mayan Underworld (Part 3)

Today we have the third, and final, installment of a series of videos we've been sharing all week long that take us into the Yucatan in Mexico in search of some of the world's deepest caves. The series has followed explorer Robbie Schmittner and his team as cave dive into some amazing settings, where they discover remnants of the Mayan civilization that occupied the area centuries ago. In this episode, the crew descends into Yab Yum, a giant sinkhole where they make discoveries that date back to the last ice age.
(Note: If you've missed the first two parts of this excellent series, you'll find them here and here.)

Video: Just Breathe - Searching the Mayan Underworld (Part 2)

Today we return to the depths of an underwater cave in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, where explorers Robbie Schmittner and his partner Toddy Waelde continue to explore the sunken Maya underworld. This time out, not everything goes as planned however, and we see the challenges of trying to assist a diver who runs into trouble while deep within these caves. Scary stuff for sure.
(If you missed part 1 of this series, you'll find it here)

Video: Places of Fear - Searching the Mayan Underworld (Part 1)

A few days back I shared the trailer for a new series of short films coming our way from GoPro that followed a team of divers as they plunged into a cave on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico in hopes of finding the largest cavern in the entire world. Now, we have part one of that series which gives us an introduction of an entirely new kind of exploration – underwater, in mysterious caves, where there are remnants of the Mayan civilization yet to be discovered. It is a fascinating look at this incredible place that will definitely leave you wanting more. I'll have part two tomorrow.

Video: Diving into the Mayan Underworld

This video is a trailer for a much longer three-part documentary to come, but it gives us a great idea of what to expect. The film follows a team of divers – led by explorer Robbie Schmittner – who travel to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico in search of the world's largest cave. They discover an elaborate system of submerged caverns that the Mayans believed was a gateway to the underworld. They also find artifacts and remnants of that civilization that have been waiting to be discovered for hundreds of years. It looks like quite an adventure, and I'm already looking for the full series to hit at a later time.

Video: Swimming with Killer Whales

Spotting a pod of orca whales (aka killer whales) in the wild is an impressive sight indeed. But few of us ever get the chance to actually go swimming with them while they are in the midst of a feeding session. This video takes us into the cold waters off Norway to do just that, providing some amazing footage of these massive creatures in their natural environment.

2016-11-12 - Spectacular close ups of herring feeding orcas from Jonas Follesø on Vimeo.

World's Deepest Underwater Cave Discovered in Czech Republic

Earlier this week a team of explorers discovered the world's deepest underwater cave in the Czech Republic. The group – led my Polish diver Krzysztof Starnawski – located a limestone cave that had previously been unplumbed, determining that it reached a depth of 404 meters (1325 ft). That's 12 meters (39 ft) deeper than the previous record holder, which was found in Italy.

For Starnawski it was a return to a cave that he had first dove into back in 1999. While there he had noticed that the limestone formations in the interior of the cave had formed in a unique and unusual way. This led him to believe that it might drop to a great depth, although he had no idea that it would be a record breaker. The cave was apparently created by hot water, rich with carbon dioxide, that was bubbling up from below. This makes the interior of the cavern unlike most others that he has explored in the past.

Over the past two years, the Polish diver has spent time searching the cave for clues as to just how deep it truly went. He discovered a narrow passage that gave him a glimpse of the deepest recesses of the cavern, but it wasn't until another diver found that that passage had widened that they could actually go further down. On Tuesday, the team dropped an automated ROV into the cave and maneuvered it to the bottom, accurately determining its depth in the process.

National Geographic has posted an interview with Starnawski about the process of exploring the cave, and what he and his team discovered inside. You can read his thoughts on the this 25+ year odyssey and just how he went about recording the depth of the cave, here.

It is stories like this one that remind us about how little we truly know about our own planet. I'm sure there are plenty of other discoveries just like this that we have yet to stumble across. It is also a reminder of how important exploration remains, even in the 21st century.

7 Adventurous Things to do in Cuba

In the wake of President Obama's historical visit to Cuba this week, I wanted to share a story that I wrote and published on the Outdoor and Adventure Travel page for About.com listing 7 adventurous things to do in the Caribbean country. Cuba isn't usually considered much of an adventure destination, but it turns out there are some good things to do there for active travelers.

Amongst the activities that I recommend is making the 2-3 day trek to the summit of Pico Turquino, the tallest peak on the island at 1974 meters (6476 feet). Obviously this isn't a mountain that challenges you with altitude, but it has two different routes to the summit that pass through dense forest along the way. It is a good opportunity to see some of the island's natural wonders along the way.

Other options include snorkeling and scuba diving on some pristine coral reefs, taking a cycling tour of the island, and surfing off Cuba's coastline. There are also suggestions for visiting a national park, sailing through Cuba's storied waters, and more.

Now that Cuba is opening up to visitors, I'm sure more American's will be visiting in the months and years ahead. If you're looking for a few suggestions on things to do while there, hopefully this list will give you an idea of what to expect.

Video: Rare Footage of a Giant Squid Captured in Japan

One of the rarest creatures on the planet was spotted in Toyama Bay in Japan last week, where a diver captured this footage of a giant squid that was swimming close to shore, and in shallow waters, something that they seldom do. The squid is believed to be about 3.7 meters (12.1 ft) in length, which is impressive in size, but far from full grown. It is believed that the largest of these animals can grow to be over 13 meters (42.6 ft) in length, although those titans are generally only found at great depths. Still, it is impressive to see this animal up close.

Video: Diving the World's Deepest Underwater Cave

Diving into deep underwater caves is not unlike climbing high peaks. It is extremely dangerous, the divers need to go slow and get acclimated, and they often have to carry their gear with them in order to reach increasingly greater depths. This video takes us into one such cave located near the town of Hranice in the Czech Republic as a team of divers attempts to prove that the Hranická Propast is the deepest underwater cave on the planet. So far, they have gone down as low as 384 meters (1259 feet), which is just 8 meters shy of the record held by a cave in Italy. In this clip, you'll join them as they take us into another world that is submerged beneath the Earth's surface. A place that is as difficult and demanding as just about any other on the planet.

Video: Meet "Deep Blue," the Largest Shark Ever Captured on Film

If you're one of those people who is already a little trepidatious about getting into the ocean, than you'll probably want to avoid watching this video. It features a shark that has been dubbed "Deep Blue" who just might be the largest ever captured on film. The massive creature is over 20 feet in length, and is believed to be 50 years old. Its size is put well into perspective thanks to the human observers nearby who are both in and out of a protective cage.

Seeing this thing swim by would have to be absolutely awe-inspiring and frighting at the same time. It is indeed an incredible sight to behold. I definitely think we're going to need a bigger boat.

Video: Winter Cave Diving in Sweden

First discovered back in 1979, the Dolinsjö Cave is located underwater, making it extremely difficult to explore. But each year, a team of divers visits the cave during the winter, continuing to map out its depths in an attempt to determine just how large it actually is. So far, they've gone as deep as 1.7 km (1.05 miles), and have yet to locate the end of the cave. In this video, those divers take us along on one of their expeditions, giving us a look at the efforts they make in the name of exploration. It is a fascinating experience for sure, and I give these men a lot of respect for what they do. It can be very dangerous, and yet they press ahead into the unknown none the less.

Underground Movement: Cave Diving in Jämtland from Klättermusen on Vimeo.

Video: The Madagascar Karst Exploration Project

In October of 2014, a team of expedition divers traveled to Madagascar to explore a series of underwater caves located in the Tsimanampetsotsa National Park. The discovered some amazing subterranean chambers, and found an incredibly diverse number of fossils hidden beneath the water. The expedition was quite an adventure, and the 23-minute documentary video below tells the story with some fantastic underwater footage that has to be seen to be believed. Amazing stuff for sure.

The Madagascar Karst Exploration Porject from DRSS on Vimeo.