Last April 5th, globally renowned diver and naturalist Laurent Ballesta, equipped with a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms timepiece on his wrist and accompanied by specially trained divers and researchers from the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity SAIAB, together with ten scientists from the Museum of National History and from CNRS, the French National Research Institute, all left for South Africa to undergo 40 days of deep water diving to meet with legendary bottom-dwelling sea creature, the coelacanth.
Here are the first pictures of this expedition, which will be documented on a weekly basis on this blog, aswell as on the official website (french version):
Laurent Ballesta, about to start installing his equipment on the first day
Laurent Ballesta making the last adjustments on the double phantom camera, a set-up
especially designed to film on high frame rates in order to analyze the movements of the coelacanth.
The "Projet Gombessa" team, just before the first dive of the mission.