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William Bebee Pushed Barriers in Scuba Diving

Exploring the sea is something that most of us don’t think about, but it’s important to understand the dangers of it as well as seeing how it can be successfully accomplished.

A common danger is running out of oxygen. This may happen because the diver has gone too far down underwater and does not have enough time to return to the surface. Another massive danger is the pressure underwater, which can crush and kill the diver. This may happen because the pressure is so high that it crushes the bathysphere, an old kind of submarine that was used throughout the 1930s.

William Bebee was man on a mission to break many records, especially those in the science field. William was born in Brooklyn, New York in the late 1870s, and in the 1930s he began breaking records in the New York Zoos. In 1934, he set the record for the deepest bathysphere descent at the depth of 3,028 feet. At the time many believed it was a bad idea.

Sylvia Earle was one of many inspired by William Bebee. Earle was a marine biologist and deep sea diver in the 1970s. Earle set a record in 1979 for an untethered solo dive, after previously failing two attempts. Earle set their record at a depth of 1,250 feet.

These are only a few of the stories that were successful. There are still so many unexplored areas in the ocean, and we are still continuing to discover new things about the sea.

[Source: Life: The Greatest Adventures of All Time]

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