My review of James Nestor's wonderful new book, Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves, appears in tomorrow's Wall Street Journal. Mr. Nestor is a very brave guide, indeed. How brave? Here's a clip:
While trying to "crack the ocean's mysteries," Mr. Nestor puts in with a group off Réunion who tag bull sharks in order to track and understand their movements. The ragtag crew blasts the German metal band Rammstein to attract the sharks (who also like AC/DC). And he takes a ride in an unlicensed submarine hand-built by a New Jersey prodigy named Karl Stanley and run off the coast of Honduras. There are no liability waivers to sign. "If something bad happened, all passengers, including Stanley (who pilots every dive), would die," writes Mr. Nestor.