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August 19, 2011 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

A brave diving expert joined the resident sharks and sting rays at Blue Planet Aquarium, wearing an antique diving suit. The special event, which was being held at the Cheshire Oaks aquarium took place in the Caribbean reef display, which holds 3.8 million litres of water. The diver experienced just what it would have been like to be a pioneer of diving in the very early days, in the antique suit and helmet.

Dr Kevin Fong, who is an experienced diver donned the cumbersome suit and helmet to dive into the aquarium with three metre long tiger sharks for company. Dr Fong is the presenter of a new science documentary, which will be shown on the BBC in 2012. Paul Renolds from the Blue Planet Aquarium was fascinated by the dive, as this was the first time that the historical diving suit had been used in the main display. He said:

“It was an incredible sight to see Dr Fong making his way around the display; much to the interest of the resident sharks and rays and it brings home just how dangerous early diving really was.”

The antique diving suit was cumbersome, taking a long time to get into and then take off again, especially in comparison to a modern diving suit. There are a number of antiques to be found which are still useful today. For instance, reputable antiques dealers in the Cumbria area have Victorian dining chairs and antique dining tables , which will enhance the décor of any home.

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