The deepest I had ever dived was 130 feet down into the famous Great Blue Hole in the crystal-blue warm waters of Belize. I remember how comforted I was by two dinner-plate sized French angelfish that came to swim with me once I had ascended back up from the cave’s eerie stalactite covered walls to the reef where more of the fish were.
Now, 15 years later, my deep love of the ocean has lead me to work as an Oceans Campaigner with Greenpeace, and to diving much deeper than I ever imagined I’d go. Picture the Grand Canyon, but under the sea, and what it might be like to descend down slowly for an hour until you are nearly two thousand feet below the air and sunlight at the surface. Bring along high-powered lights and cameras, and even a robotic collecting arm to gather samples of the deep-sea habitat to contribute the scientific record back on land. Continue reading