Why are we so fascinated with the world beneath the ocean’s surface? Maybe it’s because the deep is not our place. It is so definitely not our place, and human beings seem to have an insatiable urge to go where we shouldn’t.

Today on EWC we share two great things with you! First, are you familiar with 99% Invisible? If you are smart, curious and hopeful, you will see why it’s one of the best places on the web.

Second, we are going to introduce you to an extraordinary story of human achievement that almost no one knows about.

Scientists in the bathysphere, an illustration of the bathysphere at depth

The Bathysphere
Source: Discover Clarksville & The National Geographic Society

We have the run of the land, and yet, for millennia, we have tried to find ways to go ever deeper beneath the waves.

From early diving bells (some were literally bells) to our modern day remotely controlled submarines, we have pushed the limits of possibility when it comes to the depths of our oceans. The limits of human creativity and ingenuity.

For thousands of years, the quest has tested the limits of human creativity and ingenuity.

My favorite podcast, 99% Invisible, tells this tale in their beautiful episode Bathysphere

It is a treat to listen to, and I recommend you find a cozy place, get a favorite beverage, put it on and soak in this marvelous part of our human history…

The spirit of exploration is what takes us to the stars and gives us the gumption to explore parts unknown. We are remarkable creatures with a remarkably powerful desire to see just beyond our viewpoint, to make it just further than our predecessors, to think just beyond what is possible.

Perhaps this is our greatest asset. When we begin to lose hope for the future, we can find comfort in the fact that there will always be somebody pushing the boundaries of knowledge. We are not stagnant creatures, but explorers.

Why not take joy in the spirit of curiosity that unites us? There are 6 more articles at the very bottom of this page that continue this thread of the human experience.

If you’d like to go a little further with this deep ocean theme, we’ve written a few other articles that bring you more in the way of jaw-dropping images. Check out these three:

5 minutes

Deep Sea Oddities: We Aren’t So Different

Our planet is filled with incredible creatures! Dive into the depths of the ocean to explore some of the strangest species we have encountered...

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54 minutes

Alien Life Right Here on Earth?

In our hopeful search for new lifeforms in outer space, it seems we often forget the most extraordinary and promising frontier for our species' survival. Take a look!

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9 minutes

Our Amazing Planet: How Deep is Deep?

Do you have any idea how deep the ocean's floor really is? How about the great lake nearest you? Where does the Titanic lay or at what depth does the sperm whale feed? Find out in this incredible, fun, scaled infographic.

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Have fun exploring, and don’t forget to share what you find!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. “Bathysphere.” 99% Invisible. 1 Sept. 2015. 99 Invisible. Web. 25 Apr. 2016. <http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/bathysphere/>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV