Thursday, August 17, 2006

No limits


One of my favorite movies is The Big Blue (the theatrical version, not the director's cut). It's the story about two competitive "free divers," also known as "no limits diving." A free diver is
one who tests how deep humans can go underwater or how long they can remain submerged--on a single gulp of air. "No limits" free divers go deeper than most. Wrapped around a weighted sled that slides on a cable, they plunge hundreds of feet down, then inflate an air bag that shoots them swiftly back to the surface. In the process, they withstand near-crippling water pressure; their lungs shrink to the size of baseballs; their hearts slow to 20 beats a minute; and their sinus cavities fill with salt water to keep their eardrums from exploding.
The above video is of the deepest dive in history by Patrick Musimu to an astounding 687 feet. It's best watched with the sound up.

5 comments:

luke said...

Very cool. Didn't you go out and spend thousands of $ on scuba gear . . .

Tom said...

I gotta stay away from these movies... I recently watched The World's Fastest Indian (which I highly recommend); now, where can I find an old motorcycle...

Living in exile said...

Make sure you stay away from Braveheart and travel videos of Scotland. You might just sell everything you own, move to Scotland, and cut broccoli and level tatties for a living.

living in exile 2 said...

Or worse--Richard Jobson's, 16 Years of Alcohol.

Tom said...

Or the movie Transamerica...