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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Scuba Diving Fins

Best Fins for 2019 Buyers Guide

There’s nothing quite like diving with a pair of powerful fins that are comfortable and fit like a glove. Our 2019 scuba diving Gear Buyers Guide will help you find the best scuba diving fins that fit your diving style. Apeks RK3 This tough, tec-minded find is built to take serious abuse, with rugged construction and stainless spring straps. That’s why it’s the choice of many public safety, military and Coast Guard divers. For all divers, the RK3 offers a wide, short, vented [...]

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Flying Sqiud

Marine Species: Flying Squid

We’ve all heard of flying fish, but flying squid? Let’s take a look at these astounding creatures, both in — and flying above — the water. We’ve all heard of flying fish, but flying squid? Launching themselves through the air, these astounding creatures have only recently been documented out of water as they cruise alongside speeding marine craft. Despite the rare sightings, flying squid are, in fact, bountiful across the world’s oceans. Many ocean-goers may have witnessed a flying squid [...]

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Shark

Sharks and Rays Added to Famed Conservation List

The world-famous Zoological Society of London (ZSL) runs a conservation program focusing on species that represent a significant slice of unique evolutionary history. The Edge of Existence program works to identify the world’s most “Evolutionarily Distinct Globally Endangered” species — hence EDGE. EDGE is the only global conservation initiative focusing specifically on threatened species that represent a significant portion of unique evolutionary history. The program aims to highlight and protect some of our planet’s unique and interesting species that have few close relatives. Most [...]

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Suunto D5

Suunto New D5 Dive Computer

The Suunto D5 design enhances the user experience of the computer, making it suitable for all divers. An intuitive, three-button logic makes it easy for every diver to navigate through the dive modes which include Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Freedive, Watch and compass with intuitive graphical views, transflective display technology and LED backlight and it is rechargeable. In addition to the new vibrate alarm feature alongside the standard beep alarms, you can set this unit to silent for uninterrupted underwater exploration. Suunto has added one more language to [...]

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