Deep Book Review
So here is my Deep book review
Here are just a few of the interesting things in the book
- Aquarius – underwater research station in 19m of water in the Florida Keys. ‘Aquanauts’ spend periods (usually 10 days) down in the environment studying marine life. The decompression process is a 17 hour affair.
- Frederique Buyle on reunion working to preserve the local bull shark population after several attacks.
- The ‘Ama’. Diving and talking with the Japanese women who continue hunting in a shrinking clan of all female freedivers.
- Caisson disease aka the bends
- Science behind freediving explained well. Blood shift, mammalian dive reflex, the ‘Master Switch’. James takes readers on the physiological journey down to 300 feet. The journey gives an overview of the changes the body experiences as it descends.
- Pulling up a Lilly from 1000 feet down. Discovering that they have remained unchanged for millennia
- The Bathysphere by Beebe and Barton. The first men to lay eyes on the deep blue world of the Mesopelagic, reaching below 800 feet.
- Magneto-reception in animals. Discussing sharks following invisible magnetic lines 100’s of feet beneath the surface.
- Dolphins X-ray vision. Complex echo location and identifying themselves with signature clicks. One lip for clicks, one for whistles.
- LSD experimentation on dolphins and heightened intelligence in Sperm Whales.
“The local beer, called Dodo after the extinct bird that was (wrongly) thought to have inhabited Reunion, tastes vaguely of soap.”
“Scuba diving is like driving a four-by-four through the woods with your windows up, air conditioning on, music blasting.”
Who Should Read Deep?
This book is for people interested in learning more about the marine environment and like a fresh perspective. While written for a lay audience, there are a diverse range of stories, research and facts to keep any ocean loving person engaged. Don’t be put off by the critics as readers who enjoy extending their knowledge will find no shortage of interesting facts, current research and stories to digest.
- Free! thanks to Audible, Noob Spearo listeners and readers can listen to this book ‘Deep, Freediving, Renegade Science and what the ocean tells us about ourselves‘ free with a free 30 day membership here
- <$20 Paperback copy here (and e-book version)
I just interviewed James Nestor so look out soon for his interview on the Noob Spearo Podcast
What did you like about the book?