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Diving Deep

Tales from adventures down below the world's oceans, rivers and seas.

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Two Geniuses, One Wheelchair and an Audacious Plan to Swim with the Whales

When the oceanographer who discovered whale songs met the paralyzed disability rights leader, they began a quest that grew more dangerous and beautiful than they ever imagined.

The Dangerous Undersea Search for Missing Military Heroes

From the English Channel to the Pacific, one band of volunteer divers look for the remains of American M.I.A.s. I joined and discovered this mission can be perilous — even deadly.

Meet the Daring Free-Diver Who Talks to Sperm Whales

We know these giant predators communicate through thunderous clicks. James Nestor and his ragtag crew are determined to find out what they’re saying.

A Whaleship Full of Cannibals (Who Happen to Be My Family)

My parents love the tale of how our ancestors’ whaling ship capsized, turning the crew into cannibals. As an environmental reporter, there’s no story I dread hearing more.

Off the Deep End in Captain Karl’s Homemade Yellow Submarine

An American expatriate living off the coast of Honduras pilots his experimental vehicle 2,000 feet down. I joined him for an unforgettable encounter with the mysteries of the deep.