Episode 106: “The Deep”

E106:  “The Deep”

Continuing their Caribbean island hopping, the Descending team contemplates underwater art in Grenada, comes face to face with the ocean’s largest carnivore in Dominica, and then goes deeper (1000 ft!) than they ever have before.

Special thanks to the organizations that helped make our trip possible:

Anchorage Hotel and Dive Center Dominica

Dominica Film Commission

Kabuli Watersports

Calabash Hotel Grenada

Grenada Board of Tourism

ScubaTech Dive Center

Substation Curacao

Liat Air

 

Episode Commentary:

Scott:  Normally we try to have all our permits and certificates sorted out well before we head out on a trip, but when we arrived in Dominica, a government representative informed us that our clearance to dive with the whales had still not been issued.   With the speed that things move on the islands, it was looking doubtful that we’d get it together in time to see the whales before we had to head out to the next location.  

Taking a chance, we headed out on the boat early the next morning hoping that by some miracle, we’d be granted permission, and finally around 9:30, a government official radioed the boat to tell us that we were good to go.  At that point, and after searching for a few hours already, I remember wondering if we were even going to get to find the whales anyway.  They constantly eluded us.  Then, after the third or fourth surface they seemed to just sit around catching their breath.  It allowed us to catch up and maneuver into position without scaring them off, and slip into the water… completely blowing my mind!  Dominica didn’t feel like the Caribbean at all….very natural and very undeveloped….it was a pleasant surprise. 

The team at Substation Curaçao couldn’t have been more accommodating.  It’s an amazing group of people who are keeping the “dream big” attitude alive. They are now putting the finishing touches on a converted vessel which will allow their team to take the sub to remote locations.  I’ll be watching their expedition progress very carefully online. You can imagine what possibilities are now at the team’s exploration fingertips.

Ellis:  So much of the above water world has been explored, yet so little of our world beneath the ocean has ever been seen at all. When we dived down to over 1000 feet beneath the ocean in a submarine, we saw a part of our planet that no other human being had ever set eyes on before. And yet, as remarkable as this was, our ‘foot prints’ were already there in the form of our garbage from above. How many other places on this planet, yet to be discovered, have we adversely effected or already devastated?

Photos:

Scott and Ellis go for a hike in Dominica

Swimming with gentle giants

Spooky characters in Grenada

Scott and Ellis inside the sub

Approaching new depths