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Sharks! Finally, after two weeks of diving and looking for them unsuccessfully, silky sharks appeared in a place we were not expecting them.
The research vessel of the Waitt Institute for Discovery was anchored over a bottom of 52 meters off the Loango National Park in Gabon, a park known for his surfing hippos, and beach-roaming elephants. But we were probably the first to dive in these waters. We never could have expected what was going to happen.
We dove under an oil tanker off the southern coast of Gabon. It was a massive ship, with a hull that looked like a gigantic wall.
We met with workers who gave us the safety briefing for diving below the super tanker. Their biggest worry was that the divers stay away from the water intakes that could suck one of them into the hull.
Hoping to catch up with some migrating whales, the team is disheartened to come across an enormous leatherback turtle that drowned in a fishing net.
The amazing amounts of fish are the big draw for the team on this trip, but when there are hundreds of humpback whales around, they demand some of the attention.
We are diving off the coast of Gabon, under eerie oil platforms. Here there is amazing marine life, like the jellyfish in the photo, with dozens of silver little fish among its long tentacles. Dive with us and discover why these places need to be protected.
Mike Fay’s exploration of Gabon’s untouched wilderness led to 11 percent of the country being named national park land. This inspired Enric Sala to explore and help protect similarly pristine areas of the ocean around the world. Now the two explorers go back to the beginning to explore the murky waters off the coast of…
We did the first three dives of our Gabon expedition. The oil company TOTAL kindly authorized us to dive on several of their oil rigs, and we were quick to jump in the water. These were the first scientific dives on oil rigs in Gabon, so we were very excited.
Mike Fay’s exploration of Gabon’s untouched wilderness led to 11% of the country being named national park land. This inspired Enric Sala to explore and help protect similarly pristine areas of the ocean around the world. Now the two explorers go back to the beginning to explore the murky waters off the coast of this African nation.