After successfully diving to the deepest point in the Mediterranean Sea in February, deep-sea explorer Victor Vescovo has now completed a dive to the deepest point in the Red Sea – the Suakin Trough (9,111ft).
Using his team's state-of-the-art submersible DSV Limiting Factor, Vescovo also dove the shallower but scientifically important Kebrit Deep (4,823 ft), 250 miles to the north.
Accompanying Vescovo for the dive at the Kerbit Deep was Dr. Alan Jamieson from Newcastle University, who acted as an observer for the five-hour mission.
Mohammed Aljahdli – a young Saudi marine electronics engineer – accompanied Vescovo on the descent to the bottom of the Suakin Trough.
Both deep-sea locations exhibit numerous remarkable marine characteristics – including ‘brine lakes’ on the seafloor.
The features create distinct underwater ‘shorelines’ between the regular seawater on top and the ultra-dense brine pools that settle in the centres of the brine lakes. The pools have an average depth of 10m.
Mineral- and sponge-encrusted ‘chimneys’ were observed dotting the ‘shorelines’ of the Kebrit Deep, although none were active.
During his Red Sea expedition Vescovo also dived into an extinct underwater volcano in the Suakin Trough to study its unique geology.