James Cameron’s Deep Sea Dive


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I remember growing up and watching the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. Between that and reading the adventures of Tom Swift Jr. and His Jetmarine, I became fascinated by adventures related to the exploration of the oceans and the discovery of new creatures and their habitats.

That sense was rekindled this past weekend as James Cameron made a record setting dive down to Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the ocean in the Mariana Trench—nearly seven miles below the surface of the ocean. He did so in a one man submarine of his own design that could also accommodate 3-D cameras for videography. It looks really cool. National Geographic has put together a nice site of the entire expedition. Part of the goal was to search for life, to discover what fish or other creatures might live at such depths and that have never before been seen.

I have often wondered if the commission to care for the creation and to name our fellow creatures (Genesis 1-2) required as a prerequisite, the exploration, discovery, and delight in the wonder of God’s creation. That is, we must first receive it as a gift that testifies of God’s glory and goodness.

Coincidentally with Cameron’s dive, I’ve been reading Jacques Cousteau’s The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World (Bloomsbury, 2007). A Roman Catholic, he has a chapter in the book entitled, “The Holy Scriptures and the Environment.” The book is fascinating as a first hand reflection by Cousteau on his life of exploration. As he described his drive to explore, he made a comment that I like quite a bit, “We never attempted to decipher the meaning of life; we wanted only to testify to the miracle of life” [italics added] (p. 39).

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