Check out this creepy deep sea monster! A prehistoric, 4.75m long Sixgill shark down at 280m deep, 2 nights ago, just 700m from the jetty here in Flyingfish cove, Christmas Island! I can’t believe I can just kayak out 5 minutes from shore and lower my super-simple deep-sea camera setup SO deep and find SUCH amazing animals that you’d normally need a mid-ocean, offshore research platform to study! Yet another reason this island is so amazing!
The basic setup: Two of the Blue Robotics 3" aluminium watertight enclosures, with an aluminium endcap on one end and an acrylic end cap on the other (one flat, which I stuck a torch in, the other domed, for a little GoPro Session camera, attached to a USB battery bank to give 3hrs+ and mounted just with some rubber wedges to prevent the overheating issues I had when it was snuggly wedged in a foam mount), both mounted on an aluminium rail to keep them seperate, some dive weights tied to one end (using string that’s easy to break if it got snagged) and then 400m of 3mm venetian blind cord / shoestring up to a float on the other end. On the kayak I have this 400m of cord wound onto a cheap garden hose reel. Dangle a tuna head out on front of it (attached just via a bit of thread), then kayak out, drop it down, easy. If only pulling it back up again was just as easy. Haha. =)
After 6min of free-fall it hit the bottom, 4min later the first of many Cutthroat eels turned up and started savaging the bait, and after 28min bottom time this huge sixgill shark cruised in and ate it!
Next time, 400m!!! Thanks to the great team at Blue Robotics for making this kind of top quality, affordable gear that can open up deep sea exploration to hobbyists and enthusiasts like me, literally with a shoestring budget!!! =)
Images of the setup and a video of the shark etc is on my Facebook post here (https://www.facebook.com/chrisbray.net/posts/10158453507735115), seems i’m only allowed to upload one photo here, so I left it as the shark!