It’s dark hundreds of feet below the surface of the water — pitch black, in fact. So dark that even the most technologically advanced underwater lighting isn’t much of a help to divers struggling to see.

So rather than using their eyes to work, deep sea divers often use their other senses to complete a job — in many cases, contorting their bodies in uncomfortable positions deep below the sea to reach a worksite. At the same time, these divers must maintain their composure while at work in the darkness. A bump in the night, so to speak, cannot send them bolting for the surface. A direct return to the surface from such depths may lead to the bends, other injuries — or even death.

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