National Geographic : 1956 Feb
CTwo railway tank cars were lashed down on the well deck. Their metal cylinders were flattened by water pressure, yet our men swam uncon cernedly over them, in a graphic demonstration of the way the Aqua lung functions by pressurizing the body inside to withstand the crush ing pressure outside. Between the lashed-down tankers yawned the open mouth of the main hold. Slowly beating my way down into the blackness, I saw, when my eyes adjusted to the semidarkness, motor trucks stowed tightly against each other. Sea Growth Encrusts Metal Each truck held several motor cycles. Coral, sponges, and oysters encrusted the metal of the motor cycles, but the black rubber tires were nearly spotless (page 182). Between the trucks stood the metal ribs of aircraft wings. Slanting upward again, I floated up the face of the bridge, turned round the ends of the bridge wings, and entered the wheelhouse. I moved carefully, with a minimum of motion, so as not to stir up 198 A Bristling Sea Cucumber Delivers Two Live Fish One or more glassy fierasfers usually make their home within the holothurian, the sea cucumber, a delicacy of Chinese cuisine. Here diver Emile Robert holds, rear end downward, a two-foot cucumber brought up from 75 feet in the Indian Ocean. - When he squeezes, two eel-like fish slither out on deck. camera range. Many times during our dives to the wreck we saw their silhouettes skulking in the jumble of steel. I was never lucky enough to sight the monster wrasse Dumas and Falco saw, which was at least 15 feet long. We found the ship intact from the bridge forward. The huge windlass on the foredeck had become a sub marine garden, with the sharp outlines of the gear teeth softened by a coating of fronds, spikes, and fila ments that might have belonged to some Martian flora. From the windlass the anchor chain ran down through the starboard hawsepipe, and when I peered over the bows I saw the chain receding into invisi bility along the bottom. Later our divers found the anchor fathoms away on the sandy sea bed.