Editorial portrait for the Guardian of inventor, deep sea explorer and Order of Canada holder, Phil Nuytten. A pioneer in deep sea exploration technology, Mr. Nuytten has worked closely with NASA, National Geographic and other big ticket clients for decades. The last of the 3 images depicts a draft of a permanent self sustaining deep sea science and research base (3000 feet below sea level), which would be situated in the Juan de Fuca straight off Vancouver Island.

Fun fact: He once wrestled a 16 foot giant octopus with tentacles as wide as thighs…fun fun. National Geographic Wild supposed filmed this daring deed (man vs octopus). And like he said…they are really quite playful creatures..rub them between the eyes and they change colour. No thanks, but I’ll take your word for it Phil!

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