This is Belinda Sawyer, Operations Manager for Deep Ocean Expeditions, reporting live from dive locations on Malpelo and Cocos Islands. Amongst the beautiful blue waters off the coast of Colombia and Costa Rica, we have the rare opportunity to see schools of huge hammerhead and silky sharks and also schools of eagle rays. Despite this utopic serenity, my thoughts are looking forward to our research expedition and dives to the legendary German battleship Bismarck that will occur next month.
Utilizing the largest research vessel in the world, the Russian ship named Akademik Keldysh, we will be using two deep-diving submersibles called Mir I and Mir II. Diving down to the wreck's location at over 15,000 feet, and illuminated by the powerful lights of the submersible, we will witness the remains of the Bismarck. The main section is surprisingly intact, although it shows signs of the large-scale damage wrought by the pounding of the British shells. Part of the stern section has broken away and the main gun turrets are missing. Many of the smaller guns, including the anti-aircraft guns are still in place. The bridge area was largely blown away but the remaining superstructure is intact although obviously damaged. Some of the wooden planks are still visible on the deck. All the dives to Bismarck will have a scientific component through collecting samples, taking instrument measurements and making photographic imagery at the seafloor. At no time will there be retrieval of items nor will we come into contact with the Bismarck. We recognize this site as a war grave and will treat her with respect and dignity.
For further information on this diving expedition and the others that we support, please visit our website at http://www.deepoceanexpeditions.com . As an added bonus, we will be sending a live report from the Bismarck during our expedition.