DEEP DIV­ING BE­GINS

Asian Diver (English) - - History -

The Greek poet Homer men­tions sponge fish­er­men who dive as deep as 30 me­tres by hold­ing onto a heavy rock. To com­pen­sate for the in­creas­ing pres­sure on their ears, they pour oil into their ear canals and take a mouth­ful of oil be­fore div­ing. Once on the bot­tom, they spit out the oil, cut as many sponges free from the bot­tom as their breath will al­low, and are pulled back to the sur­face by a tether.

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