xoxoxoBruce Monday Nov 28 08:08 PM
Nov 29th, 2016: Greek Sponge Divers
Then somebody invented the diving suit so divers could go deeper and longer making everybody richer.
But it also brought the “bends”. Between 1866 and 1895, on the island of Kalymnos alone, 800 young men died of the bends and
200 more were paralyzed. The suits were outlawed for a couple years but the loss of profits brought them back.
When a virus wiped out the sponges many of the divers scattered around the world with one group coming to Florida, where they
did well until a red tide wiped out the beds. The red tide comes often enough the beds never recovered.
Of course synthetic sponges have taken over except for some car nuts and some fancy bathers.
blueboy56 Monday Nov 28 09:25 PM
This betrays my age, however, A favorite plot device of adventure movies of the 50's was to have a sponge diver get attacked by somebody with a knife. (or somebody on board the boat shutting off the air pump.
BigV Monday Nov 28 11:36 PM
Sea Hunt? Lloyd Bridges?
xoxoxoBruce Monday Nov 28 11:45 PM
The Deep, with Jacqueline Bisset.
elSicomoro Tuesday Nov 29 01:47 AM
I wonder if Elaine still has her stash...
elSicomoro Tuesday Nov 29 01:48 AM
Joke aside, fascinating.