Laurent Ballestea ©

The Deep Med

DIVING EXPEDITION. Marine biologist and photographer Laurent Ballesta embarks on a diving mission to document the fascinating and little-explored ecosystem at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. Because he wants to avoid the time-consuming decompression process associated with diving to great depths, he and three other researchers move into a pressurized capsule measuring just under five square meters for 28 days. During the course of the expedition, the capsule is submerged at various locations off the French Mediterranean coast. The divers can only exit the capsule when its underwater, but what they discover there makes up for the effort. In 'The Deep Med', we drift along with them through the gardens of coral reef, see the common squid mating, and watch peacock feather worms fish for plankton.

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