The underwater world is a fascinating place and there is still a lot we haven’t seen. Not many people would risk diving into the freezing depths of the Greenland Sea, but Tobias Friedrich is one of those adventurous souls that would do it without thinking twice. Inspired by the life and work of the world famous diver and explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Friedrich set out on an adventure of his own. He’s been taking photos of his underwater discoveries since 2007, travelling all over the world. Changing tropical locations for freezing northern ones, he wasn’t really prepared for the splendour he would find there. Here’s what the icebergs really look like underwater.
Everyone knows that icebergs are dangerous due to the fact that most of their body is hiding underwater, showing only the mere tip (hence the saying about ‘the tip of the iceberg’). Diving near one of the icy mammoths was as risky as it was exciting. Tobias Friedrich definitely didn’t expect to see all the weird shapes and unusual textures that were waiting for him underneath.
Apart from breathtaking natural beauty in the waters of Greenland, Friedrich also observed the toll climatic change has taken on the icebergs. He’s been exploring the area for years, witnessing with his own eyes the change in the surroundings. Some of the icebergs are smooth and glass-like underneath, but others bear signs of quick melting – mottled pocks that make them look like sponges. More often than not he could also see the break points from the time when the iceberg got separated from the glacier.
You can’t really appreciate an iceberg until you dive under it. The sight is mind-blowing! Tobias Friedrich confessed that he was stunned by the view himself. He simply wasn’t expecting to see such grandeur and experience the quiet, freezing ambience of the ice giants the way he did. When diving he never knew what to expect as the lower part of the iceberg remained invisible from the top. He and his team often had to drill next to the iceberg to create a way into the water, so the view was always a surprise to them.