100+ Year Old Submarine
12 March 2018 | Las Perlas Islands, Panama
Today we explored a sunken 35' submarine just off shore of Isla San Telmo in the SE of Las Perlas Islands. It is in ten feet of water, partially awash at low tide, and submerged in high tide. Supposedly used for pearl divers by the its owner, the divers were getting a strange fever that even killed some of them. (The bends were the problem causing the ill effects of deep water diving.) Ultimately the pearl harvesting stopped, and the submarine was beached and abandoned. In its salt water environment, it is amazing how much of the vessel is intact. Numerous reef fish make their home in and around it. We were the only ones present today. The shore was covered with hundreds of brown pelicans and red crabs exploring the incoming waves for food.