The deep ocean is alien. Though we have actually mapped 100 percent of the ocean floor to a resolution of five kilometers, we have a better idea of what the surface of Mars and Venus look like. And like another planet, the “atmosphere” of the deep sea can be deceptively powerful.
With nothing more than a wet suit and some goggles, last year free diver Guillaume Néry let himself be swept along the ocean floor near Tiputa pass with the aid of incredibly strong — and curiously invisible — ocean currents. Underwater cameraman Julie Gautier (who also worked with Néry on a gorgeous video called “Free Fall“) filmed Néry’s bizarrely serene journey and set it to music. It’s like watching an omnipotent being evaluate a new world. Or something.
You can watch the full video of Néry’s dive below (make sure to go HD and full-screen):