Deep Sea Dive

Take a deep sea dive with us and see just how low you can go. From marine life to old shipwrecks, we’ll reveal exactly what’s lurking in the depths.

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Deep Sea Dive

Surface

The warm water just below the surface is where the beautiful coral reefs flourish

1m/3ft

Just below the surface you may bump into the Great White Shark, a highly intelligent and ruthless predator

3m/10ft

In the shallow coastal waters you’ll find large shoals of Atlantic Salmon

4m/13ft

Lurking in shallow rock pools you may find the tiny Blue Ringed Octopus - but watch out, its saliva can be deadly!

10m/33ft If you’re down here, you’ll find water pressure has already doubled

20m/66ft

Go below this depth and you’re in squid territory

50m/164ft

Don’t frighten a porcupine fish, it’ll puff up like a football!

60m/197ft

Here the coral grows in banks, not reefs

70m/230ft

Look out for Beluga Sturgeon - the world’s most expensive fish produces the finest caviar

100m/328ft Expert free-divers go no further than this - but let’s keep going!

117m/384ft

The sister ship of the Titanic, the HMS Britannic, is down here

151m/495ft

This is where blue whales feed. Don’t get swallowed whole!

191m/627ft

The maximum depth of the Atlantic Herring - always a fisherman’s favourite

200m/656ft

You’re now as low as a German U-Boat in World War II

202m/663ft Welcome to Dean’s Hole in the Bahamas, the deepest seawater blue hole in the world

250m/820ft

Here we might catch a glimpse of the Deep Sea Angler, with its fishing-rod lure for catching prey

300m/984ft

Look out for the world’s biggest crab, the Japanese Giant Spider Crab - its leg span is four metres!

318m/1044ft

The depth of the deepest scuba dive. It took Nuno Gomes minutes to get down here - and 12 hours to get back up!

400m/1312ft

Drop down here and you may meet the Viper Fish, which has teeth so big it can’t close its mouth!

600m/1968ft All the fish you'll see from here are deep-sea fish

750m/2460ft

Meet the jet-propelled Giant Octopus, which can navigate mazes and flashes red when it’s angry

900m/2952ft

Welcome to the habitat of the Giant and Colossal Squid - thought to have the biggest eyes of any animal

923m/2038ft

The depth reached by ocean exploration pioneer William Beebe in his tethered Bathysphere, in 1934

1000m/3280ft This is the maximum depth sunlight reaches - it's all dark from here!

1195m/3920ft

The largest deep sea fish, the Greenland Shark, can swim as deep as this, but it can also prey on bears at the surface, too!

1280m/4200ft

The Leatherback Turtle can reach this depth, and can stay underwater for up to 85 minutes

1495m/4905ft

This is the typical depth of operation for commercial fishing vessels

2133m/6998ft

When Sperm Whales hunt for Giant Squid at this depth, they partially collapse their ribs and lungs to account for the pressure

2432m/7979ft

This was the operating depth of Deepwater Horizon, the oil rig responsible for the largest offshore oil spill in US history

2500m/8202ft

Down here you may find bone-eating snot-flower worms. They’re as grim as they sound, feeding on dead whales

3800m/12468ft

The most famous of all ships, the Titanic, finally hit the sea floor here

4000m/13123ft Every square centimetre here experiences half a tonne of weight pressing on it. Ouch!

4267m/14000ft

The average depth of the Earth's oceans

5607m/18396ft

The deepest point of the Arctic ocean

5762m/18904ft

The SS Rio Grande, a World War II blockade runner, is found here, making it the deepest shipwreck in the world

Gelatinous snail fish

7000m/22966ft

You’ll find plenty of soft, gelatinous snail fish down here, with each trench having its own unique species

8047m/26400ft

The Indian Ocean’s deepest point - found in the Diamantina Trench

8372m/27468ft

The deepest a fish has ever been found, although this is very rare. Much deeper and the pressure would make their cells collapse

8400m/27560ft

The Puerto Rico Trench, the deepest point of the Atlantic Ocean

10085m/33087ft

At this point, water pressure would be like having 1,000kg resting on one fingernail

10883m/35705ft

The Tonga Trench, the second-deepest trench on Earth, it’s also the spot where you’ll find the most seismic activity

10995m/36072ft

In January 1960, American Don Walsh manned the first submarine - named Trieste - to the deepest point on Earth

11,000m/36089ft The deepest point on Earth, the Mariana Trench, is about 50 times bigger than the Grand Canyon. Although pitch black and desolate, it does host microbial activity