Explorer and marine biologist Monty Halls dives into a fascinating documentary series about the depths of the sea.
ACTION man Monty Halls has undertaken some pretty hair–raising challenges in the name of research.
Rolling around on fishing boats in force nine gales, photographing a dangerous and rare crocodile in Belize, and surviving temperatures of 52°C in a Californian desert are just some of his impressive tales of derring–do.
Now he’s back for more, fronting one of his most extreme documentary shows to date.
The former Royal Marines officer and trained marine biologist, who is best known for BBC2’s Monty Halls’ Great Escape, sets of in search of the real story behind some of the greatest underwater mysteries for a new Channel 5 series.
The four–parter, simply named Monty Halls…, and beginning this week with Monty Halls And The Kaiser’s Gold, will see him pushing himself to the limit on deep–sea dives – many taking him to the edge of survivable depth.
“Every mystery, riddle and unsolved thing in the world is covered with water, so the idea was to gather a team of elite, world–class, deep–sea divers and attempt to unravel these mysteries,” explains Monty, 47.
The first episode throws him well and truly in at the deep end, as he and his team head to Lake Otjikoto, a desert sinkhole in Namibia.
According to legend, the lake contains a safe containing £60 million worth of gold, dumped by the retreating German Army during the First World War.
“The local Bushmen call that sinkhole ‘Terrifying’ because it’s supposed to be bottomless. It was both the scariest and the most exhilarating experience,” says Monty.
“One of the nice things about this series was being surrounded by my heroes from the diving world.
“Working with them, you begin to realise why these guys are so successful, why they’re still alive,” he adds. “It’s because they’re so fastidious in what they do.”
Elsewhere this series, Monty will be diving of a remote Japanese island to explore Japan’s very own lost city of Atlantis.
In Egypt, meanwhile, he’ll unravel the mystery of what has become known as the divers’ graveyard, in the Blue Hole of Dahab.