In this seriously frightening video, you see a diver being swept away by the undertow.
The undertow is “the average under-current which is moving offshore when waves are approaching
shore,” according to Wikipedia. “Undertow is a necessary and universal feature: it is
a return flow compensating for the onshore-directed average transport of water by the waves in
the zone above the wave troughs.”
In this case, undertow can happen anywhere near the shore at anytime, so it’s important
that divers – like this one – are aware of their surroundings. Wouldn’t want to get
bashed into something due to the force of the undertow. 14. World’s Largest Shark
Don’t go in the water. This video is sure to cure you of any desire
to swim in the deep blue sea. Divers caught the world’s largest shark, which
they nicknamed “Deep Blue,” on video. The 50-year-old shark is 20 feet long, 5,000 pounds,
and pregnant. The shark was featured in Discovery Channel’s
“Shark Week” and also featured in the 2014 doc, “Jaws Strikes Back.”
Deep Blue is believed to be the largest shark on video record, and she was spotted in 2013
by Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, a shark researcher, near Guadalupe Island.
“When I saw Deep Blue for the first time, there was just one thought in my mind: Hope,”
Padilla said. “A shark of that size is at least 50 years old and that tells me protection
and conservation efforts are really working.” As divers remain in a cage, separating them
from this mammoth monster, Deep Blue circles the cage, menacingly. One completely insane
diver then dares to swim outside of the bars. But even if you’re not a deep sea diver, you
might come face-to-face with Deep Blue if you’re not careful. As Padilla noted, pregnant
sharks near the shore when giving birth, as they prefer to be on the shallow end of the
ocean. So…unless you want to risk facing this sea
monster head-on, it’s best to stay on dry land. 13. Under a Freighter
This dive got really dangerous, really quickly. When the diver decided to dive the St. Clair
River, which drains Lake Huron into Lake St. Clair, he wasn’t expecting something dangerous
to happen. But danger always seeks adventurers. As he was swimming, a massive freighter came
straight at the diver, forcing him to cling to the rope that is secured to the rock bed
in order to pull himself closer to the rocks and away from the freighter ship.
The camera goes out of focus as the diver’s pulse quickens when he loses balance, due
to the freight passing overhead. Fear is in the freighter’s propeller which is spinning
only a few short meters from the diver’s head. Most viewers of this diver’s video commented
just to say how dangerous this was. LockerGremlin1 also noted “watching this video gave me anxiety.”
You’re not alone, LockerGremlin. 12. A Gun
YouTuber DALLYMYD often goes diving and posts his findings on YouTube. But this one prompted
him to call the police. The channel’s uploader, Jake from Columbus,
Georgia, posted the video on December 29, 2016. When Jake dives the Columbus rivers,
he usually discovers a treasure trove of sun glasses, fishing gear, and cameras. Once he
even found an iPhone which was still operating, and he attempted to return it to its owner.
But this day, he would discover something more.
The seemingly innocent dive turned up a possible murder weapon: a pistol, which he deemed a
“one of a kind find” and “almost as cool as finding a GoPro.” He also said it was “most
definitely a murder weapon” and wondered if he should turn it into the police.
Of course, he should…and he did. When the police arrived, Jake gave them the
gun. The officer said, “I know for sure we won’t be able to get any finger prints off
the gun but we’ll take it back try and run the serial number and find out if it’s stolen
or anything like that.” Jake admitted that he would have rather kept
the gun, because it was a special find in the river, but in the end, the police would
probably get more use out of it…especially if it had been involved in a crime.
Who knew diving might help solve a murder mystery? 11. Massive Sea Creature
This massive sea creature was caught on video by divers off of an oil rig.
The thing looks like a gelatinous mass. It moves like a jellyfish, but it first does
not appear translucent like one. From far off, it has brownish greyish murky skin, like
a brown paper bag. The skin also has a plastic-like sheen. And when it comes closer, it spreads
its body in a way somehow reminiscent of a flower petal. It appears orange, iridescent,
and somewhat translucent. At 4:12, you are treated to a view of the
creature’s stomach or teeth or something unidentifiable, incredible creepy and quite frightening.
While most in the comment section of this video are joke guessing at what this massive
sea creature is, saying it’s “the blob” or an “evil fitted sheet monster,” Andrei Andro
has an accurate answer. He said this creature was first described in 1967 by F.S. Russel
and is called a Deepstaria enigmatica, aka a jellyfish.
He writes: “The bell of this jellyfish is very thin and wide (up to approx. 10 m), and
resembles a translucent, undulating sheet or lava lamp as the animal moves. They are
usually found in Antarctic and near-Antarctic seas but have been spotted in waters near
the United Kingdom, at depths of 829 to 1830 meters.”
Whether this jellyfish is super dangerous or not, one thing’s for sure: I wouldn’t want
to run into this thing in the wide open sea. Too freaking creepy. 10. Underwater Hunter
If we all had this underwater hunter’s mad skills, we’d need no oxygen tanks to deep
sea dive. This underwater hunter goes deep sea hunting without air. He takes a deep breath
and dives in, hunting bow in tow, to catch some deep water fish.
No diving gear, no fins, nothing. He dives, kicks, and is off, searching for his next
meal. He dives 20 meters to the sea floor, and at this depth, after exerting himself,
his heartbeat slows to around 30 beats per minute. A normal resting heartrate is 60 to
100 beats per minute. The pressure at these depths also crushes his lungs, making them
one third the size of their normal volume. He’s able to walk across the sea floor as
if he were on land, because he’s negatively buoyant enough to do so. He focuses on the
hunt, instead of on air, which his lungs are crying out for.
1.75 minutes underwater without air, and the hunter spies a fish. Dinner.
He shoots it with his arrow. And makes his way back up. In this video, he remained underwater
for 2.5 minutes with one breath. That’s scary and impressive. 9. Dive Gone Wrong
Near Miller’s Point, South Africa, three divers attempted their deep advanced dive on the
third of March 2012. They dove off the SAS Good Hope without a care in the world. But
soon they’d be praying for their lives… One diver, Doug, suffered a burst eardrum.
This made him experience vertigo, and everything under the water started spinning like a top.
“I had no idea what was up or down…had to focus on another diver to see where I was,”
Doug writes. Doug then signaled to his friend, Waseem,
that he was having trouble, so they swam up a bit. Waseem knocked the diving regulator
out of Doug’s mouth, which exacerbates the vertigo. When the instructor came to help
Doug, Waseem began panicking. Doug says soon after Waseem started panicking, he completely
blacked out. Doug and Nikki began to ascend, and Waseem
was taken by the instructor. At one point, Waseem tried to break away from the instructor
to reach the surface, but the instructor hung onto his fin.
One of the only divers who tried to keep calm and carry on was a female diver named Niki.
She did, in fact, manage to calm the others. Waseem doesn’t even remember the dive. What
was he panicking about? Whatever happened to him on that dive, we can only guess. 8. Scuba Diving in a Tsunami
A tsunami often happens when an earthquake or volcanic eruption occurs underwater. The
resulting seismic waves may hit coastal cities and destroy whole buildings, taking with them
many victims. Remember that giant wall of water that hit
Japan in 2011, resulting in nearly 16,000 people passing away? That was a tsunami.
So, who’d be crazy enough to dive when there’s a chance of a tsunami?
Turns out, these folks on a video uploaded by Andrew Chan.
One survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami told his story to Haaretz online magazine.
Yossi Hasson said he was thrown back all of a sudden and described the scene as follows:
“It’s difficult to explain the feeling underwater – imagine running at full speed against
the wind and still being pushed back, against an enormous, invisible force that is simply
impossible to overcome,” he said. As he was being pulled back to the surface,
he looked for his girlfriend, who hadn’t been able to traverse the coral walls before the
tsunami hit. “Instead, she caught hold of a cable that was tied to a buoy, because she
knew what she had to avoid – ascending too quickly, lest she suffer the bends,” he said.
The good thing is, tsunamis aren’t impossible to predict. They often accompany earthquakes.
If the diver is in the spinning current, they’re likely to feel as these divers did in the
video: like rag dolls, being tossed in a washing machine. 7. Mysterious Creature in the Dominican Republic
In the Dominican Republic in April 2013, uploader DRLocal encountered a mysterious sea creature
during a scooter-powered night scuba dive. The time was 9:15PM, while the depth was 20
meters. The creature was reportedly bony, ¾ foot
long with a small head and sharp teeth. It also had translucent fins and a purple and
steel sheen colored body. The mysterious creature swam both backwards and forwards. The dorsal
fin helped it maneuver both directions and propelled it at higher speeds moving forwards,
which made it appear more “eel-like,” rather than “blade-shaped,” according to the uploader.
What could this eel-like creature be? YouTube commenters, of course, are full of
suggestions. DOOM OCTOPUS said it looked like a young oarfish,
while Zane Reifers said it was a cutlass fish. Both of these seem plausible, but Sam Paul’s
suggestion seems to be on the nose: “It’s a Hairtail, very common around Sydney Australia
usually fished at night by a very dedicated fishermen. Very sharp teeth and not too bad
to eat.” Whatever the thing is, I wouldn’t want to
run into it in the depths of the sea at night. 6. The Last Dive of David Shaw
Aussie scuba diver and Cathay Pacific airline pilot David Shaw broke a number of diving
records in Bushman’s Hole, South Africa, including depth running a line, depth at altitude
on a rebreather, depth in a cave on a rebreather – all in October of 2004. The dive lasted
9 hours and 40 minutes and the cave elevation was 1,550 meters, or 5,085 feet.
During the dive, Shaw found the body of Deon Dryer at a depth of 270 meters or 885 feet.
Dryer was a diver from South Africa who attempted Bushman’s Hole ten years prior and passed
away in the process. Shaw decided to go back under to recover Dreyer’s
body, about four months later, on the 8th of January 2005.
Recording the deep dive on an underwater camera, the video showed that Shaw cut Dreyer’s
harness and found it difficult to maneuver him when Dreyer’s body started floating.
Experts had advised Shaw that because the body appeared to be to its skeletal form,
it would be negatively buoyant. But Dryer’s body had become a soapy substance that actually
floats inside his wet suit. As Shaw struggled with the body, the body
bag’s lines became wrapped up in the light head of his cave light, which Shaw had set
on the cave floor in order to use both hands to move Dreyer. Researchers later found that
Shaw was having respiratory issues from the high pressure and that the struggle to free
himself from the line resulted in his passing. Both his and Dreyer’s bodies were recovered
the following day, when they floated to the surface.
This was Shaw’s 333rd dive in just over five years.
The footage of his final dive is both sad and scary to watch, as it reminds you just
how careful you must be in any venture underwater. 5. Underwater Earthquake
Recorded by Jan Paul Rodriguez. In a resort area of the Philippines near Manila, earthquakes
rocked the island in 2017. And afterwards, the aftershocks terrorized the land.
A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck, followed by a 6.0 magnitude, which forced many to flee
their homes. The Mayor of Mabini, Noel Luistro, said, “Our
tourists left out of fear they may be affected by the earthquakes. I need to declare a state
of calamity.” This was at the beginning of the summer travel season in the Philippines.
Many feared a tsunami would follow, as the villagers rushed to find higher ground, while
others, including divers, swam in the sea as the earthquake struck. This video shows
the truly scary impact of an earthquake under the sea.
Reportedly, the first earthquake struck at a depth of 27 kilometers, and the second at
24. This isn’t the Philippines’ first earthquake,
and neither will it be the last. The islands sit on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” known for
its volcanic eruptions and not infrequent earthquakes. In 1990, a 7.7 magnitude quake
struck the northern Philippine island, Luzon, taking the lives of almost 2,000 people.
This video is visual proof of the destructive magnitude of nature underwater. 4. Giant Squid
The giant squid used to be a mystery…but not anymore.
Divers caught this giant squid on video. The monster has deep-sea gigantism, so it can
grow to up to 13 meters in length for female squid and 10 for males. Some claims allege
that they can grow up to 20 meters or 65 feet. 2004 saw the first giant squid footage in
its natural environment, with images taken by Japanese researchers.
Giant squid are built much like regular squid, with eight arms, two longer tentacles, and
a mantle. Although the squid is massive in size, it doesn’t weigh a lot. The whale
is the giant squid’s primary predator, and the squid is much lighter with only hundreds
of kilograms, rather than the whale’s thousands. Researchers actually follow whales in order
to observe the giant squid, because the whales were so adept at locating them.
Suction cups are found on the inside of the tentacles and arms, the circumference of which
holds sharp teeth. This is a deadly combo – the suction cups and the teeth – allowing
the giant squid to attach to its prey, where the suction cups leave circular scars.
Another live giant squid filming in its natural habitat occurred in November 2006. Diver Scott
Cassell’s goal was to film this magnificent creature in the Gulf of California. They attached
their camera to a Humboldt squid’s fin, and the carrier squid was able to catch the
12-meter long giant squid on video. The squid in question was demonstrating predatory tactics
in the video. This video, however, was the one taken by
Japan’s National Science Museum. The squid in this video is an 11-foot female, weighing
50 kilograms or 110 pounds. The team baited the giant squid with one of medium size and,
in an effort to take it aboard the ship, the giant squid passed away.
Believe it or not, the giant squid is superseded in size by one other mollusk: the colossal
squid, whose mantle is almost two times as long. 3. Prehistoric Shark
This underwater video will give you nightmares. A prehistoric shark, not often seen due to
its habitat being more than 600 meters under the sea, was caught on film by Marine Park
staff in Japan. A fisherman at a port close to the marine
park told the staff when he saw the frightening monster with its grin of sharp teeth and completely
spooky overall look. They then caught the shark which stands at
about 1.6 meters or 5 feet and identified it as a female frilled shark, often called
a “living fossil.” The species is super primitive, being as it hasn’t really evolved since the
prehistoric era. The staff then moved the ancient fish to a
seawater pool, where they could then observe it swimming. The video here catches the shark
opening its jaws and swimming around. Despite the shark being in poor health and
passing away only a few hours after capture, the marine park official said this was such
a rare opportunity to capture video of a live specimen.
He stated: “They live between 600 and 1,000 meters under the water [that’s 3,280 feet],
which is deeper than humans can go. We think it may have come close to the surface because
it was sick, or else it was weakened because it was in shallow waters.”
The sharks are, indeed, rarely viewed alive, but are sometimes caught dead in trawler nets.
I don’t think I’d want to come face-to-face with this creature, dead or alive. 2. Shipwreck Survivor
When divers came upon a capsized boat off the Nigerian coast, they probably didn’t expect
to find any survivors. After all, it had been nearly three days since the boat had sank.
No human could survive three days underwater…could they?
But, 29-year-old Harrison Okene did. The cook was working in a tugboat called the
Jascon 4 that was towing an oil tanker when the thing went down and sank to the bottom
of the Atlantic at about 100 feet below the water’s surface. The tugboat capsized upside
down, taking the other eleven members of the crew down with it. But Okene was able to squat
down in a pocket of air and survive three days under the ocean on a single bottle of
Coke. He also had two flashlights to brighten the darkness, but they died after less than
a day. Imagine being 100 feet under the sea, in complete
darkness, for two whole days. You’d be nearly hopeless.
But that’s when Okene heard the sound of a boat and saw the lights of rescue divers shining
through the water. He couldn’t believe it. Then the light disappeared.
“He came in but he was too fast,” Okene said, “so I saw the light but before I could
get to him, he was already out. I tried to follow him in the pitch darkness but I couldn’t
trace him, so I went back.” Okene held his breath and swam through the
boat trying to find him, and when he couldn’t, he returned to his slowly receding air pocket.
The Dutch diving company DCN were searching for bodies, not live people. So, when the
diver returned to receive a tap on his neck from Okene, he assumed the man had passed
away. He said so into his microphone. But then he reached his hand to take the body,
and Okene reached back and pulled. That’s when the man began to exclaim that he was
alive. The diver came into the air pocket and gave
Okene hot water to warm him, after which he gave him an oxygen mask. He was then put into
a decompression chamber for sixty hours before it was safe to return him to land.
He suffers survivor’s guilt and has also been accused or questioned about whether he used
black magic to survive. He was even questioned by his local church pastor. As well, he has
P T S D and wakes up at night from nightmares of shipwrecks.
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When you record your underwater dive, you never think you’ll be recording your final
moments on earth. That’s what Russian diver Yuri Lipski did
in April of 2000. He was diving the Blue Hole, a coral-filled underwater sinkhole that’s
394 feet deep on the east coast of in Egypt. An 130-foot depth is recommended for recreational
divers, but technical divers are intrigued by the structural challenges the Blue Hole
has to offer, including The Arch, an 85 foot long passage that leads from the sink hole
to the sea. The beautiful Arch is a struggle to enter, as it’s dark and offers poor visibility.
Lipski entered the Blue Hole and dove to little more than 300 feet, a point at which some
might suffer from nitrogen narcosis – a narcosis that manipulates the mind, inducing euphoria,
confusion, hallucinations, impaired judgment and overconfidence. Whereas most technical
divers take along multiple air tanks of trimix (helium, nitrogen, and oxygen), Lipski brought
along only one. He never resurfaced. Lipski’s parents asked another diver to
bring Lipski’s body back, and when he did, he discovered the intact video of his last
moments. You can feel his fear and distress in the video as he becomes too disoriented
to recover himself. Lipski is only one of an estimated 130 divers
who’ve lived their last moments in the Blue Hole within the last fifteen years.