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Pearl Divers to Squid Eaters – Diving the Depths

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Pearl Divers dive without external oxygen sources in search of oysters containing pearls. How far can other creatures dive in their search for adventure or food? This graphic shows you how deep certain animals dive.

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Pearl Divers to Squid Eaters – Diving the Depths

Natural pearls, the kind of pearls harvested from oysters by pearl divers, came in a variety of shapes and sizes – and were difficult to find – making them expensive and rare. Cultured pearls, those produced with the help of human intervention, were pioneered by the Japanese with Mikimoto patenting his technique for producing spherical cultured pearls around 1916. Today the vast majority of pearls sold are cultured pearls because they are easier to produce and are less expensive than natural pearls.

Infographic developed by Big Oak Studios


7 Comments on “Pearl Divers to Squid Eaters – Diving the Depths”

  1. 1 Milander said at 10:03 am on January 31st, 2010:

    You should really put something there by way of comparison to give peeps an idea of the depth. Most people will have no real idea of just how friggin deep 3k is for an animal to dive.

  2. 2 Graphics said at 12:35 am on February 1st, 2010:

    There are 3.28 feet in 1 meter. So the sperm whale actually dives to a depth of 9,840 feet or 1.86 miles.

  3. 3 Jeff said at 10:49 am on February 2nd, 2010:

    Would be cool to continue the human references, such as deepest sub depth and record dive. Maybe throw in Marianas Trench depth

  4. 4 metric man said at 10:46 pm on March 2nd, 2010:

    actually MOST people would know what 3k was only America uses the imperial measurements.

  5. 5 Graphics said at 11:57 am on March 3rd, 2010:

    Not entirely true. The imperial measurements system was invented in Britain; it’s called the Imperial System in Britain as it was mandatory in the British Empire.

    Nowadays, most commonwealth countries have switched to the metric system – even Britain is officially metric although feet and inches are widely used, speed limits must be in mph and road signs are almost entirely in miles, yards or feet.

    Apart from Britain, imperial measurements are used in the USA. There are also occasional usages in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Myanmar, Burma and other commonwealth and other former imperial countries.

  6. 6 Gavrilo Princep said at 10:15 am on April 12th, 2010:

    as a kiwi, I can tell you that the only place that imperial measurements are used is in the 22 yard (1 chain) length of a cricket wicket, oh, and the 22 yard line in Rugby. Most people have no idea how heavy a pound is, for example, and few will have heard of a furlong.

    Occasional usages …. as in, Brit tourists say “oh, about 10 feet, like”

    Only the USA and Liberia still use the Imperial system.

  7. 7 Gavrilo Princep said at 10:23 am on April 12th, 2010:

    and Burma and Myanmar are the same country, and are not members of the commonwealth, and Australia is strictly metric only (lived there twice)