"Even with the bright lights and crystal clear water, it’s just a heart-pounding, black abyss beneath us. Most people associate claustrophobia with cave diving, but floating over nearly bottomless voids like this tends to raise the hairs on your neck more so than the tight places do. As cave divers you never really think about how comforting a cave floor is until you don’t have one. At times it feels like black tendrils are reaching up from the void and trying to pull you down. Keeping a big team like ours at relatively the same level is critical for safety reasons: it seemed like one or two members were constantly drifting down. All of us have lost friends to the lure of descending too deep into the unknown." - Wes Skiles

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