As a kid I can remember competing with my brother to see who could hold their breath the longest underwater in a pool. I would always draw in a huge breath, go under, stay there until my body started to revolt and panic set in, and then dart back to the surface – only to learn that I’d make lasted all of about 13 seconds.
So, the free diver in this footage from the BBC’s show Human Planet is like a superhero to me. Not only does this video depict his two and a half minute long dive – done on a single breath – but he also manages to be quite impressive with a spear gun in the process.
(Via Unique Daily)