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Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves

By James Nestor

When this book appeared on my desk a few weeks ago, I was immediately intrigued and couldn’t help reading the first few pages—then I was hooked. The entrancing story begins at a freediving competition journalist James Nestor was covering where he watches a man dive 300 feet unassisted only to resurface four minutes later unharmed. This frightening experience led Nestor to delve into studying the last great frontier—the ocean—by experiencing the extreme sport of freediving for himself. While researching he uncovers a wealth of incredible science that redefines everything we know about humans in the ocean. Nestor explains why we’re born to dive deeper and hold our breath longer than we ever thought possible, feats that redefine our ability to interact with ocean life and connect to reflexes that Nestor believes have laid dormant for centuries. The perfect sciencey summer read.


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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