We explore down the second wall, which drops between 200- 700 feet (60-210 meters), and around huge field of boulders at its base. At 1000 feet (305 meters) we can often see over 200 feet (60 meters) horizontally using only natural light. Animals encountered include sea lillies, glass sponges, pom-pom anemones, and lace coral.
We spend an entire extra hour picking along the boulder fields at the base of the wall. Cat sharks and two types of unusual lobsters are commonly spotted. Doing this dive in the evening increases the chance of seeing more bizarre creatures as they come up from deeper water to feed.
We have finally made it to the land of perpetual darkness. This region of the ocean covers more than half the planet. The animals here have never known daylight nor season. Many of the creatures date back before the dinosaurs. Fish encountered include jelly-nosed eels, rough sharks, and chimera.
Lophelia coral is believed to cover more area than shallow coral reefs; however, since it is found deeper than even technical divers dare venture, few people have ever seen this splendid marine habitat.
A journey on Idabel to the Lophelia Reef is the “grand tour”: it includes everything the 2000 foot dive does but adds a mile of sub-sea travel where we arrive at an oasis of deep (1200-1500ft/365-460m) sea coral.
While it is possible to see a six-gill shark on any of the dives (and they have been spotted on even the shortest of dives) the only way to guarantee citing of this massive pre-historic fish is to do an expedition specially tailored to encounter them. We attach bait directly to the sub, leave after sunset and sit and wait in total darkness below 1500 feet. After a 1-3 hour wait we are joined by a fish longer than the craft we are riding in and rocked back and forth as she (90% of the sharks we see are female, a mystery that R.I.D.E. is helping unravel) rips our offering free just feet away.
The six-gill shark is one of the largest but least known predatory sharks in the world. This rare opportunity has drawn film crews from around the globe, including National Geographic Television, to record this seldom-observed ocean giant from the safety of Idabel.
This dive cannot be done during times of a full moon (the extra light keeps them too deep) and passengers must be willing to spend up to a total time of 9 hours inside the sub at temperatures as low as 50 degrees.
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