Ocean Souvenirs

Ocean Souvenirs to Avoid

We’ve all been tempted to purchase keepsakes when a dive or vacation destination is particularly memorable. But these ocean souvenirs are best left off your shopping list. When visiting a tropical location, souvenirs such as coral jewellery and seashells are ubiquitous. And, as divers, we may be tempted to purchase one as a keepsake or reminder of a, particularly fantastic trip. Despite this, it’s best to leave these marine-derived items off your shopping list and avoid these common ocean souvenirs. Shark [...]

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Pirate City

Unexplored Sunken Pirate City

Unexplored Sunken Pirate City in the Caribbean Will Finally Be Revealed Seventeenth-century life in Port Royal, Jamaica, commonly referred to as “the wickedest city on earth”, conjures up images of marauding pirates, treasure hunters, naval conquests, looting, and the overindulgence of food, alcohol, gambling, and women.  But the extravagances of the wealthiest port in the West Indies came to a rapid end at precisely 11:43 on 7 th June 1692, when Port Royal was consumed by an earthquake and two-thirds [...]

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Buddy System

SCUBA DIVING BUDDY SYSTEM

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SCUBA DIVING BUDDY SYSTEM Scuba diving culture is known for being friendly and fun, so of course it makes sense that the best way to dive is with the buddy system, where two divers stick together and look out for one another during their dive. Regular dive buddies often become lifelong friends who share incredible memories of living life underwater. After all, seeing that eagle ray or elusive mola mola fish is more fun when you have someone [...]

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Whale Shark

Whale Shark , Sail Rock

For the past week we have been bless with a Whale Shark at Sail Rock.  Here’s some facts about the Whale Shark. The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving, filter-feeding carpet shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 18.8 m (62 ft) [8] The whale shark holds many records for size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living nonmammalian vertebrate. It is the sole member of the genus Rhincodon and the only extant member of the family Rhincodontidae, which belongs to the [...]

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Blue Whale

The Secret to Diving with Blue Whales in Sri Lanka

The Blue Whale is the largest animal on earth. Tobias Friedrich Sri Lanka is one of the only countries in which you can observe the largest land mammal, the elephant and the largest marine mammal, the blue whale. At the same time. On an area no bigger than Ireland, the island state stretches in the third largest ocean in the world. Less than one hundred kilometers south of India and described in travel guides as the “pearl of the Indian [...]

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Ghost Net

Safety Procedures and Best Practices for Ghost Net Removal

By Edgardo Ochoa Fishing gear Ghost Net has been lost, abandoned or otherwise discarded in all seas and oceans ever since fishing began. The extent and impacts of the problem have worsened significantly in recent years with the increasing levels of industrial fishing and also the increasing durability of fishing gear. Fishing activity has now extended to previously untouched offshore and deep-sea environments, which are often very sensitive to the impacts of abandoned fishing gear. The author takes a look at a [...]

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Sunfish

Hoodwinker Sunfish

CROWD-SOURCED SCIENCE REVEALS HOODWINKER A sunfish until recently thought to exist only in the Southern Hemisphere has been washed ashore in Santa Barbara, California. The hoodwinker (Mola tecta, from tectus or “hidden”) was first discovered in New Zealand five years ago, and later described by scientists as the first new species of sunfish in 130 years. The 2m fish was stranded on Sands Beach in the Coal Oil Point Reserve, where it was assumed to be an oceanic sunfish (Mola mola) [...]

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Bahrain

Bahrain Announces New Underwater Theme Park

Bahrain recently announced that it will launch the world’s largest underwater theme park, which include a sunken, decommissioned Boeing 747. Bahrain is gearing up to open the biggest underwater theme park in the world this summer, complete with its own 70m fully submerged Boeing 747 aircraft. The attraction will span 100,000 square meters and include a replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, artificial coral reefs and sculptures made from eco-friendly material. Approximately 20m deep, the park will be set in the waters [...]

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Good Habits

Maintaining Good Diving Habits

Most scuba divers are taught certain habits and rituals in their entry-level courses, which they discard as small or insignificant details as soon as they graduate from students to qualified divers. Although many of us choose not to maintain these simple habits, we shouldn’t forget their importance. Wearing a snorkel You remember one of these — it’s that irritating tube that hangs uselessly on the left side of your mask. The clip is often awkward and gets stuck in long hair. It [...]

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Bad Dver

How to Handle Bad Diver Behavior Underwater

It was the dive of a lifetime. I was in southern Belize, invited to be part of a press trip by the country’s tourism department. We didn’t know each other, but the divers in the group were excited that the itinerary included a trip to Gladden Spit. I was assigned a buddy who was a stranger, but I knew from chatting with her that she was an experienced diver. The briefing outlined the strict rules governing whale-shark encounters in [...]

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