James Nestor

Deep: Freediving and Renegade Science

James Nestor

Talk: Deep: Freediving and Renegade Science

Nestor's book and presentation focuses on how freediving is more than just a competitive sport or a hunting technique – it has become a vital tool in marine mammal research. The final chapter of DEEP takes place on the Schmidt Ocean Institute's R/V Falkor (Google CEO Eric and Wendy Schmidt are founders of the institute) with a team of scientists who are searching for life in the planet's deepest waters. Nestor, along with a documentary film crew, is currently working with big data specialists to see if they can crack the sperm whale click communication code (which researchers believe is a digital -- not tonal – language.

James Nestor

James Nestor has written for Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, Dwell Magazine, the New York Times and numerous other publications. His longform piece "Half-Safe," about the only around-the-world journey by land and sea in the same vehicle ever attempted (and completed), was published by The Atavist. Nestor lives in San Francisco and is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves

Deep is a voyage from the ocean’s surface to its darkest trenches, the most mysterious places on Earth. Fascinated by the sport of freediving—in which competitors descend great depths on a single breath—James Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing extreme athletes and renegade researchers.

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