Dec. 19 - For scientists and the super-rich looking for a unique Christmas gift, private submarine company Triton Submarines may have the answer. The company has just successfully tested its latest submersible, a vessel capable of diving to a depth of 1,000 meters. Triton says it's perfect for explorers who want to work and the wealthy who want to play. Ben Gruber reports.
Five kilometers off the coast of the Bahamas in the dead of night. Submarine is lowered into the water. Designed for exploration in the -- it's capable of carrying three people 1000 meters underwater. Attempt to which only a handful of people have effort -- My present death is 200 feet few hundred feet at the end of the wall. I'd be getting her brutal vertical descent. After -- he is the president of trade and so. He says diving down -- -- -- is a lot like climbing up on the wrong. The top of this mountain. When we're descending right now. You know the island of Grand Bahama island. Relatively small but down here. No one's ever. Really explored what's down here. -- -- In the box. Literally no limit to how often and how. Long you can be exploring. As the -- goes deeper the environment gets darker. At 330. Meters of curious meant to race wins in front of the -- for a closer look. With features like auto pilot and easy to use touch screen displays. Triton is hoping to attract what Bruce Jones the CEO of the company says is a very small market of very rich people. People say. No I think I'd like to have one of those things but before I write that three million dollar check I wanna take a dive. And that's what we're doing and were taken 45 people and we expect to come around. Away with a -- orders from us. Billionaires aren't the only people on board the ship -- test -- A panel of marine scientists are also present they wanna see if the new -- could be used as a tool we don't do whatever search. For the past two decades of manned submersible have been replaced by our -- autonomous underwater subs remotely controlled from the surface. But doctor -- Brooks is the director of coral conservation at the marine conservation institute says the new -- that's a human element to search. Something in our -- cannot do. This is a massive bulls and bring it closer to people they'd they'd they'd. Draw on the emotional connection with the ocean off the intellectual connection. And that's what we need to get to painful it is a sense of passion for what's down that not an intellectual understanding. Of sustainable fisheries or what Carl -- kids they have to feel -- and then they will have empathy or at. And then hopefully they'll want to protect it. This sub is designed around the concept of -- -- -- Giving its passengers a 360. Degree view of their surroundings. When diving in this fear is invisible. Giving the effect of being immersed in the ocean. John Ramsey this subs designer thinks the sub makes the perfect gift. They make so fantastic Christmas present for your life. I'll tell you know this and has talking some -- -- -- one and one in yellow and you go and dive together and pulling some pain against insider this and a blow to the cases. Back beneath the water patch of -- he continues exploring. It's Christmas wish is that people Begin to share his passion for the ocean. Maybe just maybe we'll start generating some interest in the ocean. Start getting people to. Start caring about a certain points make an investment in exploring it. And learn more about it because I believe the future first feeds. The oceans covered two thirds of the planet and 95%. Of the ocean floor has not been explored. Patrick and -- he intends to map and he believes answers to our energy and food supply problems of late just beneath the surface. -- -- Reuters.