I filmed the world’s oldest animal

According to this article on Deep-Sea News, I unknowingly filmed the world’s oldest animal a year ago. Sweeping silently along the silty slopes 1400ft under the Caribbean Sea off Roatan, Honduras, Karl Stanley piloted his deep diving submarine Idabel upon a writhing mass of brittle stars entangled around the brilliant golden lattice of gold coral. My meager five megapixel camera did its best to capture the alien bundle of deep sea life, oblivious to the fact that the gold coral I was filming is over 2000 years old. Turn down the audio… I never edited this video, so the white noise of the submarine is a bit blown out. Read more about the amazingly ancient gold corals at Deep-Sea News…

The Deadly Lure of the Deep

I feel that it is only fair to the diving community to illustrate why I am so vigilant against stupidly deep diving. Look closely… Tank. BCD. Regulator. Slates. The abandoned weight belt lies some twenty feet below. The depth? 370 feet (112m). The reason? A dead diver. Mind you, I was never stupid enough to see this site myself whilst scuba diving. Even with a Trimix tec rig and a proper dive plan, this depth is more than a bit insane. No, this eerie shot was taken from the safety of Karl Stanley’s deep diving submersible Idabel. Diving is a very safe sport when done properly— though complete safety is never guaranteed, proper practices have consistently shown to successfully mitigate » read more «