Highest altitude dive in a submersible
Last updated: March 3, 2018 at 5:58 am
Albert Falco and Raymond Coll explored the depths of Lake Titicaca (Bolivia) aboard two Cousteau Sea Fleas (Puce de mer SP-500) at an altitude of 3,821 m (12,536 ft) above sea level in 1968. They observed prints made by Titicaca frogs at a depth of 120 m (394 ft). The Sea Fleas could reach deeper depths (500 m / 1,640 ft) than Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s Soucoupe SP-300 (300 m / 1,000 ft). The dives were featured in the documentary film Legend of Lake Titicaca (The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau) in 1969.
The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau | Legend of Lake Titicaca (1969)
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.