Never in the history of the planet has mankind ventured so far under the surface. And, in pushing the underwater boundaries, more individual achievement records were set this year than ever before. From the 7-mile underwater depth record set by Canadian filmmaker explorer James Cameron inside a futuristic one-man bathysphere, to freediver Ashley Futral Chapman who went down to 67 meters (223 feet) and back on a single breath of air, new milestones continue to be made and to be broken.
Skimming through our back pages we noted the following achievements, albeit some of them pretty dumb that were reached over the past 365 days.
|CSS Website Photograph|
|Keystone ECO MarineCase|
|Hamster in sub - frame grab from students' YouTube video|
|World’s first underwater mosque - press photo|
|Facebook photo crom Chagsha, China|
|Aquarium Press Photograph|
|Photograph from Paul Devane's Flickr account|
|Ashley Chapman - Photo by Igor
A team of Australian divers in early February set out to recapture the Guinness World’s Record for Underwater Ironing. Alas they didn’t make it, only 102 divers, ironing boards, irons and wrinkled shirts made it underwater. The record stays in the Netherlands where 173 divers helped take the title in 2011.