We’re not really sure what we’re going to find down there to tell you the truth the captain of the submersible says matter of factly.
Could be anything. Could be nothing. It’s like Geraldo Rivera opening the tomb of Al Capone on television. What a monumental bust that was.
Made himself look like a complete idiot.
And yet. You’ve paid your money for a chance at this momentous occasion hoping for a better outcome.
We have built this submersible to not only withstand the pressures of the deep but to also withstand the heat of the deep.
We are going near some deep sea vents. These are volcanic in nature and they run non-stop.
So the water temperature at that level is higher than it should be.
And of course the farther away from the area we are the colder the water gets.
We have bright lights to lighten the area and cameras to capture whatever it is that we happen to run across.
Since this is a submersible we have asked you not to eat because there will be no potty breaks.
If you’re all set then we can cast off now and be on our way.
The small party glances at each other and then back at the captain.
Are we mad one of them thinks to himself. It’s a perfectly gorgeous day. Sunny, a slight wind, not a cloud on the horizon. I’ve got money. And yet I’ve paid this guy a good chunk of change to explore what might end up being nothing. Sure hope this isn’t a complete waste of time and money the man thinks to himself.
He grins sheepishly at the captain and gives him a big thumbs up.
The three of them plus the captain head onto the ship.
The ship lumbers out onto the ocean to the pre-arranged spot.
The captain and the three paying passengers each enter into the submersible.
The latch covers the opening and one of the crew looks at the captain through one of the many portholes and gives a thumbs up. The captain goes through his security checks and gives a thumbs up in return.
The tiny vessel is lowered into the water.
A push of a button and the cables that are used to lower the vessel unsecure themselves and the tiny submersible is on its own in the water.
We’ll be breathing regular oxygen so we won’t have to decompress when we return to the surface the captain tells the others.
It’s the best part of this trip. The others grin and nod to each other.
It’s a long descent to reach the vents but eventually they do. They’ve been making small talk on the way down to the ocean depths.
The captain has had the lights going for a short bit of time and eventually the passengers can see the vents and the plume of water that shoots upwards from each of them.
The scenery is spectacular.
They look around and see only the vents and the ocean floor.
There is nothing else to see.
The trip is a bust. Just like Geraldo Rivera.
Sure the scenery is nice but it would have been nice to see some animals they agree.
An octopus goes by and something falls from one of its tentacles and gets ensnared in the cables that are wrapped around various parts of the submersible.
Probably lost his din din says the captain out loud.
Yup. Probably gonna be hungry now. They all laugh.
The slowly make their way back to the surface.
There’s a noise on the outside of the vessel.
They look through the various portholes but can’t see anything.
One of the hoses is ripped from the side of the vessel.
A buzzer starts to sound.
Not good screams the captain.
That’s the hose that we use to move water into and out of the ballast tanks to raise and lower the vessel. With it gone we have no way to remove the water.
You mean we’re going to sink says one of the passengers.
Fraid so comes the meek reply.
Another hose is ripped away from the vessel and the captain hangs his head.
Did you hear that says one of the passengers.
I did says another. But what does it mean?
What did you hear asks the captain.
It sounded like someone said “the precious” comes the reply.
Saudi Arabia has offered to make up the difference.
You ain’t holy enough?