5 Fun Facts About Underwater Demolition


The very term demolition would conjure a picture of breaking down something or parts of some structure.  Underwater demolition is nothing but the demolition that is carried out under the water as in oceans and rivers. There is a whole industry that caters to this service and it must be noted that people involved in underwater demolition are highly skilled and highly trained as well. 

Like every professional set up, there tends to be certain lighter side to the work and it is no different to underwater demolition as well.  In fact, what makes such a high voltage activity as demolition is the fun times that people tend to have from time to time. These instances are usually narrated from crew to crew working on different projects and soon some attain industry wide fame. 

  • Dealing with underwater sea creatures 

It is a fact those that seek to work under the water must be prepared to deal with the animals and vegetation found there. Most fresh water rivers tend to have limited amounts of sea life and most of the time it is restricted to small fish catch and no more. But the oceans are much wider dwelt with sea creatures. Some of them are highly poisonous too. 

Thus it is a fun time to have to encounter some of the most colorful of animals under the ocean when performing underwater demolition.  The Melbourne Commercial Diver is blessed to have some of the most alive animal life under the oceans. 

  • Getting stung by a sea eel 

The sight of a sea eel is rather an intimidating one at best. Its long body as it slides in and out of the rocks and crevasses are a sight to watch.  But it really is not that pleasant to be at the end of a sting by a sea eel at any time. With the eels, the electricity is produced by the chemical processes taking place in the body of the animal. It has been said that the sea eel can carry sufficient charge to light up an electric bulb most of the time. 

  • Getting to hear a whale sound 

With the whales that inhabit the seas, it is rather an awe inspiring sight and equally loud are the sounds that they emit.  The whales tend to use sound to communicate with each other and this is particularly a phenomenon during the mating season in the year. 

A typical whale can emit a bellow that can be as loud as 200 decibels. That would be louder than a freight train on full horn. An equally important feature of their sounds is that they are rather low pitched.  This makes the sound travel farther under the water as well as above it. Thus when people hear a whale sound on the seas, there is no telling how far away the whale happens to be at any time. Of all the whale species, the loudest are the blue whales.  

  • Powering the planet 

One of the present day phenomenon about the earth is the need for abundant amounts of power to energize the planet.  Nuclear reactors tend to be powered by uranium as fuel and it might surprise the reader to know that there is enough uranium stored in the oceans to power the energy needs of the planet for a few thousand years. This just takes into account the known sources of the material and not the future finds and sources.  

When speaking of uranium under the oceans, it must be noted that it exists in various different forms. The mineral is found as deposits most of the time and as connected byproducts at other instances. It is thus possible to process and convert the byproducts to use a material that can effectively fuel reactors as we know them today.  

  • The depth of the oceans 

People often think that the oceans are a flat surface underneath.  But this is hardly the truth as deep-sea divers tend to tell you. There are deep crevasses and even upheavals of the ocean floor in most places. The deep-sea diver is often watchful for the crevasses as they tend to push out hot water and other dissolved gases too. 

Most of the time the marine life found in and around the deepest of trenches tends to be rather colorful ones.  The lack of sunlight is a factor during deep dives and most people need to carry external power sources to have space lit up. 


The deep oceans are some of the hardest places to start demolition or construction work. But the work is attempted with sufficient protective equipment and well-trained hands to boot. But even in this dark and drab atmosphere, there is instance when a smile is brought upon the diver for the phenomenon and experiences that he has over there.

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