“The only European sea fully covered with ice in the winter- and one of the few places in the world where the ocean actually freezes- Russia’s White Sea is a diver’s adventure paradise. Brave the cold and come explore in late winter after the snows have melted, when the melon-headed Beluga whale swims giddily below the surface despite average water temperatures of -3°C.” (Witt, 1998, p. 221)
“Ice diving in the White Sea!?!…That’s crazy!”, you might think; but divers enjoy the beautiful scenery of nature, deep sea… even under extreme temperatures.
During the months of February through April, in Kindo Cape, Russia, expert divers enjoy ice diving in the White Sea. They drive their snowmobile on the lake’s surface, put on their wetsuit ” in a heated, mobile wooden shelter that rests atop the ice. After sawing through the 1.5m-thick ice, [they] hop through the surface with [their] underwater flashlight, connected to the world above via a single safety rope.” (Wett, 2008, p. 221) Then, the adventure really begins. They dive, passing “ice hummocks, rifts, cavities and caves minnowing past tall underwater arches and vertical rocks overgrown with sea anemones, sponges, and hydroids.” (p. 221)
Then ” underwater rocks abruptly disappear into the pitch black depths of the ocean, while kelp sways gently atop laminaria gardens and mussel plantations. The sea’s soft coral is home to a unique marine life: wolf-fish, basket fish and pinogor, as well as more exotic species such as lancet fish, eelpout, gunnels and the rare scorpian fish. ” ( p.221)
Doesn’t this adventure sound interesting? Learn more in these resources:
- Read the Book: Ultimate Adventures: A rough guide to adventure travel. Greg Witt. 2008. Greg Witt
- Check out this site: http://www.ice-diving.co.uk/
View more images at: http://www.ice-diving.co.uk/
Reference: Greg Witt. 2008. Ultimate Adventures: A rough guide to adventure travel. New York, NY: Rough Guides Ltd.