Photographer Finds Underwater Camera After Three Months in the Ocean

Apr 6, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Apr 6, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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One of the great things about scuba diving is that you never know what you’re going to see.

Depending on where you dive you might suddenly find yourself face-to-face with a whale, a shark, a turtle or, as John Ng of Scuba Monster recently found out, a Panasonic GH4 in a Nauticam underwater housing.

Much to John’s surprise the camera had survived and thanks to the owner registering his serial number the camera is now on its way home.

John and the rest of the Scuba Monster team from Hong Kong were on a liveaboard (LOB) dive trip in the Maldives last month. During one of the dives, 18.5 meters deep, John says he spotted something weird inside the hole together with the rocks and corals”.

Stuck in the rocks, it took John ten minutes to free the camera housing before he could take it back to the boat to be examined.

While the exterior of the Nauticam NA-GH4 had started to look more like a coral or a rock, the interior along with the camera were like new. Luckily the underwater housing remained vacuum sealed during the entire period preventing any leaks or pressure damage.

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Passing on the housing’s serial number to the manufacturer was as easy as it gets; one of the Nauticam China employees, Sin Hwa, was also on the trip. Before too long they learned that the owner is from Malaysia and lost his camera in December 2014 during a strong current dive.

Since Nauticam has the owner’s information, and assuming its employees will want to inspect the housing, John passed on the gear for the company to return to the rightful owner.

In an interview with DIYP John said Nauticam is still in possession of the gear, but that a handover should be arranged very soon.

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Other than the camera surviving, which john said is amazing; he was also pleasantly surprised to discover that despite spending three months in such a rough environment most of the housing’s controls were still functional.

As far as John is concerned this went to reaffirm his decision to buy Nauticam housings for his business, and as a client he could not be happier with the housing’s durability.

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10 responses to “Photographer Finds Underwater Camera After Three Months in the Ocean”

  1. Paul Menard Avatar
    Paul Menard

    impressive how quickly the sea tries to reclaim stuff :)

    1. Mike Avatar
      Mike

      Drop something on my daughters’ floor and try to find it again in 3 days. You will see the same results!

  2. Don Richter Avatar
    Don Richter

    Why did photographer spend 3 months in the ocean?

    1. Ignasi Jacob Avatar
      Ignasi Jacob

      Maybe doing a manual timelapse.

    2. Eva Duve Creel Avatar
      Eva Duve Creel

      Mermaid documentary.

    3. Trish Avatar
      Trish

      REALLY ???? THINK ABOUT THAT QUESTION A MIN

  3. Felipe_Paredes Avatar
    Felipe_Paredes

    Smells fishy…

  4. doge Avatar
    doge

    Nice publicity stunt.

  5. Teco Pablo Salto-Weis Avatar
    Teco Pablo Salto-Weis

    Too many coincidences… Not sure if this is true or just a way to get some public attention to the manufacturer… As somebody else said “smells fishy”.

  6. Chad Kennedy Avatar
    Chad Kennedy

    The diver wasn’t in the ocean for three months, the camera was down at the bottom of the location where it was found from three months ago. And sure if a diver happened to come across it while diving, that’s pretty awesome to find it and to see that it survived that long without it de-pressurizing.