Taking the Plunge: 5 Underwater Records You’ll Hardly Believe

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It’s often said that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about what lies within our own planet’s oceans. While that may be true, we can be absolutely certain about one aquatic detail. Namely, that the five records presented here are enough to amaze and impress you. And likely convince you to leave both underwater and lunar exploits to the experts.

5 The Longest Ever “œFlight”by a Flying Fish

Our last amazing record for the day was set by an aquatic denizen who actually spends a lot of time above sea level. The longest ever “œflight”by a flying fish was clocked at over 45 seconds. This 2008 record beat the record set 80 years earlier by three seconds. Flying fish don’t fly in the traditional sense, as they generate no real lift, but that is some seriously impressive gliding by a sea creature.

4 Nuno Gomes Held the World Record for the Deepest Scuba Dive

The world record for the deepest ever scuba dive (without use of a specially pressurized suit) is held by a gentleman named Nuno Gomes, who in June of 2005 reached a depth of 319 meters (or 1,046 feet) underneath the Red Sea. Who knows how long he will hold this record, though, as he beat the previous depth record by a mere 6 meters.

3 The Traditional Pearl Divers of the Arabian Gulf

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The people boasting the most impressive underwater abilities are the traditional pearl divers of the Arabian Gulf.Deep diving has taken place in many parts of the world, from sponge diving in the Indian Ocean to pearl diving in the Caribbean. But for hundreds of years the Arabian divers routinely completed the deepest dives, often to depths more than 130 feet. Records of these dives date back almost a thousand years and continue right up to the modern era.

2 Tanya Streeter Completed the World’s Most Impressive Dives

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The human being who completes the world’s most impressive dives is a statuesque blonde woman named Tanya Streeter. Ms. Streeter has set multiple free diving world records, including swimming to a depth more than 136 meters and back up again “¦ in one breath. She routinely completes underwater swims lasting more than six minutes. Next up? She’s planning to try for a record 145-meter dive.

1 The Record for “œBest Diver”Went to the Sperm Whale

These mammals (see, we’re not counting animals that “œrespire”using dissolved oxygen in water ““ that’s cheating) take the trophy thanks to their regular visits to depths nearing 10,000 feet below sea level. The next deepest diving mammal, the beaked whale, has been known to spend time around the 6,500-foot depth, which is still impressive, but they’re not battling giant squid down there like the sperm whales.

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