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As NGOs rise, Greenpeace goes under

Last month, Greenpeace raised the bar for pro-active ocean exploration by an NGO to inform better ocean management by outfitting their own “green” vessel, the Esperanza, with two Deep Worker manned submersibles depth rated to 600m.

Fine. We'll rent a submarine and do it ourselves.

So, why would an environmental organization pilot a pair of manned submersibles through 2000 feet of water in the two largest submarine canyons in the world? Because it’s going to be a long time before federal agencies are willing to surrender the financing to secure a ship and submersibles. By that time the seafloor could be bottom trawled one hundred times over.

Interview with a sub-pilot: David Guggenheim

The following exclusive interview was conducted by Deep Sea news over email with Dr. David Guggenheim, submarine pilot and scientific advisor for the 2007 Bering Witness expedition. He is the founder of 1planet1ocean; and the OceanDoctor blog.

TGIF: Another Atlantis

This week’s TGIF video comes from Marine geologist Masaaki Kimura who says he has identified the ruins of a sunken city off the coast of Japan. If you SCUBA dive, you’ll love it. If you don’t, you’ll wish you did. Could this be “another Atlantis”?