Deep Reef science with Dr Pim

When we are collecting data for the Catlin Seaview Survey the team focuses on two distinct areas of coral reefs; Shallow surveys concentrate on the reefs at 12m/30ft depth, while the deep reef specialists look at areas between 30-100m deep. Pictured here is Dr. Pim Bongarts who leads the deep reef specialist team with some of the equipment that is needed for deep divers - two scuba tanks filled with special air mixes allow divers more time at depth, an underwater scooter lets Pim move quickly once he reaches his desired depth and powerful strobe lights help him find and photograph this seldom visited environment.