Amazing Diving Stories - Incredible Tales from Deep Beneath the Sea

Amazing Diving Stories - Incredible Tales from Deep Beneath the Sea

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This collection of thrilling stories makes for compelling reading for all divers. There's everything from classic tales of wreck discoveries to encounters with beautiful and bizarre creatures beneath the waves. There are stories of death and disaster as well as bravery and triumph. Take the plunge to read about the diver who discovered how to put sharks in a trance and the marine biologist who lost a limb trying to proving that sharks he studied were safe to swim with. There's the tale behind the Red Seas most famous wreck, as well the Titanic's sister ship that keeps claiming divers lives. Read about the politician attacked by a turtle, the saltwater crocodile that lost a sub-aqua scuffle and the eel feeding frenzy that almost claimed a life. Rogue government officials from Mexico are exposed for unacceptable underwater behavior and officious dive instructors are given the slip to allow some extraordinary underwater exploration. Exciting and extreme tales rub shoulders with more poetic pieces about the people and places that make up the folklore of this fascinating sport.This global tour takes in everywhere from Indonesia to the Caribbean and from the chill waters of Northern Europe to the reefs of the Pacific.
Stories of technical pioneers are accompanied by quirky tales of adventure beneath the waves. Every ocean of the world is explored making this essential reading - or a wonderful gift - for divers everywhere.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 19mm | 418g
  • Fernhurst Books
  • Arundel, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1909911151
  • 9781909911154
  • 287,945

Table of contents

Introduction Part One Animal Encounters Close Call with a Humpback Whale 3 White-tips at Night 7 Lord Tebbit and the Turtle 11 The Amazing Frogfish 14 The Amorous Elephant Seal 17 Galapagos Whale Sharks 20 Liberty in Bali 23 This Dugong Dont Care 27 Fish n Chips at Ribbon Reef No. 10 30 Manta in the Mist 34 Why Dolphins Smile 37 Part Two Interesting Characters and Difficult Moments Life in the Fast Lane 43 The Mystery of Commander Crabb 47 The Black Hole of Andros 51 The Officer Diver 56 The Voyages of the Lady Jenny V 59 Scary Times in the Red Sea 63 Fantasy Island One 67 Fantasy Island Two 71 The Old Man of the Sea 74 Part Three Deep Diving The Britannic 81 The Call of the Wah! Wah! 87 On Your Marks in the Race for Depth 91 Dave Shaws Very Deep Cave Dive 95 Part Four Famous Wrecks and Other Adventures Airacobra in Hansa Bay 101 A British Destroyer Sunk 104 USS Saratoga CV3 108 Diving the Titanic 112 Don Pedro 115 The Dunraven and T. E. Lawrence 118 Gallipoli Wars 122 The Iro and Ishikawa 128 The Discovery of the Mary Rose 132 The Thistlegorm 136 Part Five Dangerous Animals Conger Attack! 141 A Lot of Bull 145 The Danger of Lionfish 151 The Terror of the Irukandji 154 Mauled by a Dinosaur! 157 Part Six Near Misses and the Not So Near Left Stranded in the Sea 163 Shark in the Net 167 Free Ascent 170 An Interesting Interlude 173 Currents and Dragons 176 The BFR and a Waterfall 179 Lost off Bognor Regis 182 Rogue RIB 186 Stuck by Starlight 190 Part Seven Shark Infested Waters Nicks Best Dive 195 Diving with Some Bite 199 Bitten by Sharks 203 Face off a Tiger 207 Tonic Immobility 211 Part Eight Tragedies The Tragic Death of David Graves 217 Bret Gilliam and the Shark Attack 222 Trapped! 225 The Rising Tide 229 The Fatal Lures of Depth and Fame 233 In Search of Free-Diving Records 238 Part Nine Treasure Seekers and Finders Pin Money and King Henry VIII 245 Blue Hole Diving 249 An Archaeological Find 253 El Bajo and the Lost Video Camera 258 Real Treasure 262
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"This is one diving book that lives up to its promise - you'll be turning pages with all the urgency of a treasure-hunter with 30 bar left and one lift-bag to go!" Steve Weinman, Editor of Diving magazine; "Bursting with shipwrecks and sharks ... a celebration not just of the sea, but of the men and women who devote their lives to exploring its depths, sometimes at the cost of their own sanity. Strongly recommended! Simon Rogerson, Editor of Scuba magazine; "Bantin has compiled dozens of true tales that will fascinate and delight." Ben Davison, Publisher of Undercurrent Dive Guide.
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About John Bantin

John Bantin's life was transformed when he took some time off from his 25 year long career as a successful advertising photographer and television commercials director to go scuba diving. He has now spent over twenty years travelling the world, diving in all the best places, and writing about his incredible experiences. During this time he has been Technical Editor of the long-established Diver magazine, and has been regularly published in Undercurrent magazine and DYK.
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