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Posted: 10/11/2011 in all marine news

Andrea Mustain – 

Dive beneath the ocean’s waves, past the sunlit, teeming waters near the surface, through the oxygen-deficient zones nearly devoid of life, down, down and down some more, to a place where the pressure would crush a human, and you will find the mysterious, alien world of the deep sea.

It is 300 times the size of the space inhabited by Earth’s land-dwelling species. It is unimaginably cold and cloaked in near-total darkness. Yet the blackness is alive, swarming with untold armies of fantastical creatures.

Some are laughably large, some shoot shimmering sprays of light from their bodies, still others are outfitted with menacing frippery befitting a sinister Dr. Seuss book.

Despite the fact that this alien world is relatively accessible compared with the planets even in our own solar system, the remain virtually unexplored the final, mysterious frontier of our home planet.

Although the deep sea — roughly defined as everything below 650 feet (200 meters) — comprises a stunning 240 million cubic miles (1 billion cubic kilometers) and more than 90 percent of the living space on the planet, scientists are still trying to answer the most basic questions about it.


Paul Kline said he is grateful to have his feet back on solid ground after an adventure on Sunday that left him thinking he was going to die.

“I went out on a scuba dive and came up from our second dive and got to the surface, and nobody or nothing was within sight,” said the disturbed Kline, “so we were out there all on our own.”

Paul Kline and his friend, Fernando García, had to tread water for more than two hours. Kline said they were left by their charter boat while deep sea diving three miles off shore of Key Biscayne.

Kline said they held on to a small fishing buoy for more than two hours until passengers on a yacht saw them. “I wasn’t gonna give up.

We managed to find a buoy and we hung on to that, so that way, if somebody came to look for us, we’d be in one spot, because I don’t know which way the current is taking us. If it’s taking us out to sea, that’ll be a completely different story,” Kline explained.>

Elie Trichet, captain of the yacht “No Compromise,” said some passengers on board noticed the divers. “Well, it’s a miracle that we got so close to them, and we saw them,” he said. “It was a little raft.”

Kline is a certified diver and has been on numerous diving adventures, but he said nothing like this has ever happened to him before.

“The first thing you think about is there’s a famous movie about a diver that gets left in the middle of the ocean, and it doesn’t end very well, so the first thing you think about is how could this happen ?”

Kline is a father of six and while out in the ocean, he said he could only think about getting back to his wife and children. “I wasn’t giving up anytime soon,” he said.

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