Author(s): John Bantin
This hardback collection of thrilling stories makes for compelling reading for all divers.
There's everything from classic tales of wreck discoveries to encounters with beautiful and bizarre creatures beneath the waves. There are stories of death and disaster as well as bravery and triumph. A selection of stunning colour photographs bring many of the stories to life. Take the plunge to read about the diver who discovered how to put sharks in a trance and the marine biologist who lost a limb trying to proving that sharks he studied were safe to swim with. There's the tale behind the Red Sea's most famous wreck, as well the Titanic's sister ship that keeps claiming divers' lives. Read about the politician attacked by a turtle, the saltwater crocodile that lost a sub-aqua scuffle and the eel feeding frenzy that almost claimed a life. Rogue government officials from Mexico are exposed for unacceptable underwater behavior and officious dive instructors are given the slip to allow some extraordinary underwater exploration. Exciting and extreme tales rub shoulders with more poetic pieces about the people and places that make up the folklore of this fascinating sport. This global tour takes in everywhere from Indonesia to the Caribbean and from the chill waters of Northern Europe to the reefs of the Pacific. Stories of technical pioneers are accompanied by quirky tales of adventure beneath the waves. Every ocean of the world is explored making this essential reading - or a wonderful gift - for divers everywhere.
John Bantin was born in North London, immediately after the Second World War and grew up through the 60s. After a 25 year career as a successful advertising photographer and television commercials director, he took a year off to go scuba diving. One thing led to another and his life took on a major change. He worked for a short time as a dive guide on a pioneering liveaboard dive boat in the Red Sea in 1992, he also ran a dive centre in the Mediterranean before settling down to become Technical Editor of the long-established Diver Magazine in the UK. Since then he has spent more than twenty years travelling the world, diving in all the best places, and writing about the experiences he has enjoyed as well as some that he has not. During this time he has achieved an enviable reputation for telling things the way they are. He has also been regularly published in both the USA in Undercurrent Magazine and in Scandinavia in DYK.
He lives in West London with his second wife and two teenage daughters while his grown-up son left home to pursue a career in the sound recording industry some years previously.
Introduction Part One Animal Encounters Close Call with a Humpback Whale White-tips at Night Lord Tebbit and the Turtle The Amazing Frogfish The Amorous Elephant Seal Galapagos Whale Sharks Liberty in Bali This Dugong Don't Care Fish 'n' Chips at Ribbon Reef No. 10 Manta in the Mist Why Dolphins Smile Part Two Interesting Characters and Difficult Moments Life in the Fast Lane The Mystery of Commander Crabb The Black Hole of Andros The Officer Diver The Voyages of the Lady Jenny V Scary Times in the Red Sea Fantasy Island One Fantasy Island Two The Old Man of the Sea Part Three Deep Diving The Britannic The Call of the Wah! Wah! On Yours Marks in the Race for Depth Dave Shaw's Very Deep Cave Dive Part Four Famous Wrecks and Other Adventures Airacobra in Hansa Bay A British Destroyer Sunk USS Saratoga CV3 Diving the Titanic Don Pedro The Dunraven and T. E. Lawrence Gallipoli Wars The Iro and Ishikawa The Discovery of the Mary Rose The Thistlegorm Part Five Dangerous Animals Conger Attack! A Lot of Bull The Danger of Lionfish The Terror of the Irukandji Mauled by a Dinosaur! Part Six Near Misses and the Not So Near Left Stranded in the Sea Shark in the Net Free Ascent An Interesting Interlude Currents and Dragons The BFR and a Waterfall Lost off Bognor Regis Rogue RIB Stuck by Starlight Part Seven Shark Infested Waters Nick's Best Dive Diving with Some Bite Bitten by Sharks Face off a Tiger Tonic Immobility Part Eight Tragedies The Tragic Death of David Graves Bret Gilliam and the Shark Attack Trapped! The Rising Tide The Fatal Lures of Depth and Fame In Search of Free-Diving Records Part Nine Treasure Seekers and Finders Pin Money and King Henry VIII Blue Hole Diving An Archaeological Find El Bajo and the Lost Video Camera Real Treasure