Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Jonathan Blair
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Deep Water Tales

Wednesday – April 18, 2007
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.

In 1998 I was the photographer on an expedition to find the secret Japanese cargo submarine, I-52 sunk in the Atlantic during WW II. The submarine’s final resting place, at a depth of more than 5 kilometers in the middle of the Atlantic, made it a hard target to find, a difficult to explore, and its real mission a puzzle. Using the Russian Mir submersibles we made 7 dives to the I-52. The project leader wanted the $20,000,000 in gold bullion allegedly on board the 400 foot submarine, the National Geographic wanted a story, and the Russians wanted to keep the Keldish in business. What they didn’t want was all that gold on their ship in the middle of the high seas! Then, in 2002 I joined Nauticos. Their specialty was finding things in the ocean – usually for the US Navy. We launched a high tech, scientific, search for Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra out in the middle of the western Pacific Ocean. Deep water again – 20,000 feet of sandy bottom, failed volcanoes, and sudden cliffs! We are still looking.

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