36,000 Feet Under the Sea

The strange quest of San Anselmo's Graham Hawkes, who will dive a two-man submarine to the deepest point in the ocean. If someone gives him $7 million.

And man has yet to tangle with the mother of all sea monsters: the giant squid. As legend has it, the beast can grow up to 60 feet long. It's thought to be the world's largest invertebrate, sporting eight arms, two very long tentacles, an unusually large brain, and eyes the size of a human head. Scientists know very little about the creature, except that it lives somewhere on the inky bottom of the abyss.

Hawkes is absolutely unafraid of the dark, and undeterrably attracted to what dwells there.

"It's dark, but it's not scary. It's a peaceful, tranquil place," Hawkes says, pausing in his workshop to ponder the deep. Again. "There are no bright lights and crashing noise. The bulk of life on Earth lives in a peaceful place where the temperature is stable. There's hunting going on, but it's very civilized, like a slow ballet.

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