Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves by James Nestor

bookshelves: summer-2014, environmental-issues, nonfiction, radio-4, sciences, published-2014

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from July 22 to 27, 2014



Description: In his new book, “Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves”, American journalist James Nestor investigates the world of freediving, both competitive and scientific.

He learns how to stay underwater for extended periods; goes shark-tagging; has a close encounter with sperm whales; plunges to 2,500 feet in a DIY submarine; unveils startling facets of human physiology – most notably the extraordinary life-preserving reflexes known as the Master Switch of Life.

And we learn about the old and new life-forms that inhabit our deep oceans – a habitat with the greatest biodiversity on earth, yet most of it remains unknown.

Abridged and produced by Pippa Vaughan.
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

1/5 James Nestor searches for the elusive ‘doorway to the deep’.

2/5 James Nestor meets some scientific freedivers and goes shark-tagging.

3/5 Nestor dives with the Ama, women who have been freediving in Japan’s seas for 2,000 years.

4/5 In the Caribbean, James Nestor plunges to the Midnight Zone in a home-made submarine.

5/5 Nestor is in Sri Lanka, diving in the hope of encountering the world’s largest predator.

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