Thursday, December 22, 2011

View The Great Barrier Reef In A Mini Submarine

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Looks like a great deal of fun and its yellow so it matches to Beetles Song!
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Submarine in Great Barrier Reef
This video was shot from a submarine at the outer Great Barrier Reef, 90 minutes into the ocean.

Great Barrier Reef mini-submarine
The new mini-submarine explores the coral around Wilson Island. Picture: Supplied
Great Barrier Reef mini-submarine
Two passengers and a pilot can fit inside the cockpit. Picture: Supplied
TOURISTS on the Great Barrier Reef will be able to get a fish-eye view of the marine life with the introduction of new mini-submarines.
Great Barrier Reef Submarines has begun offering the experience at Fitzroy Island, a 45 minute ferry ride from Cairns in Queensland.

Two passengers and a pilot can fit in the 4m wide, 1.8m high mini-submarine, which was designed in Canada.

 English: A variety of corals form an outcrop o...Image via Wikipedia

Passengers enter the cockpit through an opening in the back of the hull guided by a safety diver and met are inside by the pilot.

Once inside they sit on window seats either side of the cockpit cabin.

"The cabin is cosy but it's surprisingly roomy for three people,'' Great Barrier Reef Submarines owner Richard Chapman said.

"You duck dive into it and sit up to your waist in water but your upper body is in fresh air.

English: False Clown Anemonefish Great Barrier...Image via Wikipedia
"You're in a bubble of air.''

While the mini-submarine is capable of going as deep as 40m, you only have to go 6m to get to the bottom of the reef in the area it is used.

Passengers have to equalise when the submarine dives or ascends, similar to scuba diving.

Tours will be conducted during the day and at night and cost $150 for 30 minutes.

A pocket of air is trapped inside the cockpit of the sub, like an upside-down cup traps air when pushed underwater.

The air is replenished from the scuba tank supply.

The IVC Corp Resort Submarine travels at a maximum speed of 7.5km per hour.

It works on an ambient pressure design, so the air pressure inside the sub is the same as the water pressure outside.

No certified pressure hull is required because there is no danger of the hull collapsing as no differential pressure is being exerted on the hull by the water.

This allows for the use of a light and durable fibreglass hull.

The submarine is driven by electric thruster propellers which move the sub forward, backwards and up and down, which makes it easier to manoeuvre than traditional ballast tank and propeller submarines.

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