Off the Seychelles, a Dive Into a Never-seen Landscape

The submersible dropped from the ocean’s surface faster than I had expected. With a loud “psssssss” the air escaped from the ballast tanks and the small craft suddenly tilted forward. Within seconds, aquanaut Robert Carmichael and I were enveloped by a vibrant shade of blue, watching streaks of sunlight pierce the water’s surface. Soon a large manta ray appeared from the darkness below, gently gliding toward our small craft before vanishing into the distance. The dive took place off a coral atoll called St. Joseph in the outer islands of...

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Published By: VOA Africa - Monday, 15 April

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