Master of the Abyss

Synopsis: Earth is an ocean planet. Water covers over seventy percent of its surface at an average depth of two miles. Yet at the beginning of the twentieth century, though human explorers have navigated the earth and soared through the skies, one earthly realm remains silent and hostile: The deep. Its crushing pressures kill all who attempt to invade its forbidden darkness. Then, in 1930, an adventurous scientist and a wealthy dreamer undertake a daring voyage in a tiny steel capsule, to a place no living man has ever gone. Success will make them ocean science pioneers. Failure will end in death. Awaiting them... beckoning them... is a fantastic unexplored universe. This is the story of these first intrepid descents into the abyss.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Jane Armstrong
Actors: Robin Ward
Year:
1999
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By the beginning of the

Twentieth Century,

human explorers have navigated the

earth and soared through the skies.

Yet one earthly realm remains

silent and hostile.

The deep.

Its crushing pressures kill all

who attempt to invade

its forbidden darkness.

Then, in 1930, an adventurous

scientist and a wealthy dreamer

undertake a daring voyage

in a tiny steel capsule,

to a place no living man

has ever gone.

Success will make them

ocean science pioneers.

Failure will end in death.

Awaiting them-beckoning them-

is a fantastic unexplored universe.

This is the story of these first

intrepid descents into the abyss.

Earth is an ocean planet.

Water covers over seventy percent

at an average depth of two miles.

Yet at the beginning of

the twentieth century,

almost nothing is known about

the deep ocean.

Then, in 1925,

a charismatic explorer and scientist

turns his attention to the sea.

His name is William Beebe.

And his quest begins with a shallow

dive in a crude copper helmet.

At 48, Beebe has spent his life

bringing tales of jungle adventures

home to the American public.

Now he is re-born into a new world.

"As I peered down I realized that

I was looking toward a world of life

almost as unknown as

that of Mars or Venus.

William Beebe believes that

the only way to study the sea

is to explore it himself.

To date, few other scientists

have ventured into the ocean

and witnessed its wonders.

Modern oceanographic knowledge

of deep-sea fish

is comparable to the information of

a student of African animals,

who has trapped a small collection

of rats and mice,

but is still wholly unaware of

antelope, elephants, lions and rhinos."

Beebe is tantalized by the unknown

world in the depths below-

and the unseen creatures

which live there.

Beebe is already

a celebrity scientist.

He was the 25-year old prodigy

named curator of Birds

at the Bronx Zoo, today's

Wildlife Conservation Society.

He is a gifted writer,

and a restless traveler,

popularizing scientific observation

with a healthy dose of

exotic adventure.

His friends include former

President Theodore Roosevelt.

In what is believed to be his

last letter before his death in 1919,

Roosevelt praises Beebe's work.

At age forty, he turns his attention

and energy to the First World War

and volunteers as a pilot,

serving in skies over Europe.

When the war is over, William Beebe

returns to his explorations-

and in 1925, sets out on the ocean

journey that will change his life.

Beebe's ship is Arcturus, donated to

him by a wealthy patron.

A tireless promoter, Beebe knows

how to use adventure to sell science.

Several Manhattan millionaires

sponsor his expedition.

Beebe steers Arcturus for

the Sargasso Sea,

in search of the teeming aquatic life

amidst the rafts of floating

sargassum weed.

His team of fifteen scientists labor

tirelessly,

gathering fish and ocean animals,

recording and cataloging

their findings,

and preserving specimens for more

detailed study at the Bronx Zoo.

For 25 years,

Beebe has scoured the continents.

Now, he opens his eyes to

a new world, the living sea.

But does life exist

in the deeper ocean?

And if so, is it different?

Arcturus is specially equipped to

dredge the deep.

Beebe orders nets to be sent down

over half a mile

They return with hundreds

of creatures,

most are dead, many are alive,

and most importantly, many species

are completely unknown to science.

Beebe is astounded.

"When we realize the possibilities of

deep-sea life still unknown to us,

every haul of the dredge should be

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