Maldives is one of the best places in the world for scuba divers. There are many reasons to support Maldives as the paradise for scuba diving. Maldives is one of the biggest marine reserves in the world and being able to see a big variety of marine animals, such as whales, sharks, manta rays or the clownfish, without having to dive deep, is probably one of the main reasons all types of divers from all over the world come to Maldives to enjoy a diving safari in Maldives. In relation to how deep can humans and animals dive we would like to share with you this interesting infographic.
Titled as “Diving the Depths” this illustrated infographic shows how deep some of the most incredible creatures in the ocean, such as whales, dolphins, seals and penguins can dive in the deep sea, including the distance of meters of the in-depth World Record diving, achieved by Nuno Gomes.
Let’s take a closer look:
Pearl Divers of the central Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia dive without external air supply. They can dive to depths of more than 39 meterswhere they collect oysters for up two minutes.
Emperor Penguin dive deeper than any other bird. They hold their breath when they dive and how long they hold breath depends on how deep they dive and how fast they move.
In June 2005 Nuno Gomes set the World’s Deepest Open Circuit SCUBA record; independently verified by Guinness World Records. It took Gomes about 20 minutes to reach 3188.25 m, and 12 hours to surface.
Bottlenose Dolphin usually do not need to dive deep to catch their food however they are capable of diving. Under experimental conditions, one bottle nose dolphin dove to 535 meters. Beluga whales are able to swim both forward and backwards (something few other whales can do). Under experimental convictions a trained beluga whale dove to a depth of 647 meters.
Sothern elephant seals live in sub-Antarctic and Antarctic waters and are the largest of all seals. The deepest dive recorded by an Elephant Seal is 2388 meters.
Sperm Whales are one of the deepest-diving mammals in the world. They dive in search of squid to eat and are believed to be able to dive up to 3000 meters in depth to the ocean floor.
Interesting, don’t you thing? But do not panic. If you want to simply dive and admire the stunning marine environment of Maldives you won’t have to dive up to 3000 meters in depth to the ocean to see animals. Just few meters below the surface you will find another new world. At Submaldives, we hope to see you soon with us in it!