Best of 2013: Outrageous Dive Stories
From photographing great white sharks outside the cage to getting bombed while underwater, you have got to read about the divers behind these outrageous dive stories. It's better than Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium!
- What is it like when a bomb goes off while you're diving. It's bad news for the reef, and it feels like a massive punch to your entire body, like being slammed to the mat by a WWE wrestler.
- Being outside the cage with the one of the oceans' fiercest predators is the ultimate freedom. There's nothing between you and the great white shark; it's a complete rush.
- Ninety-nine percent of the time, cave rescues end as a body recovery, but that doesn't mean rescue divers don't do everything in their power to save a life.
- It takes a lot to admit you're bent. It takes a lot more to tell your story and have it published. Here is one diver's experience with decompression sickness and the chamber.
- What's it like to detonate a bomb underwater? It's a crazy job for a scuba diver, but it's also just like fireworks on the Fourth of July, performed on a military scale, and I cannot help grinning like a kid.
- What is it like to dive in a subway? A freelance photographer explores one of the world's most unusual dive sites: a flooded subway shaft in Munich, Germany.
- What's it like to be a golf ball diver? What drives poachers and pros to risk polluted water, snake bites, gator attacks and accidental drowning? As much as $100,000 a year.
- When you're a mermaid, every day is a real-life fantasy. How would you like this job?