Whale Shark

Olympus Tough TG 5

After my mouths of debating to my I finally decided to buy the Olympus Tough TG 5 and I am not disappointed. Design The TG-5 retains a lot of the same design elements from the TG-4, and for good reason: They just work. For instance, the TG-5 uses the same dual-latch design on its two compartment doors  — one for the battery and memory card, and the other for the ports (micro HDMI and micro USB). Each ensures you don’t damage [...]

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Humpback Whales

15 Facts You Didn’t Know About Humpback Whales

1) The humpback whale makes the longest migration between seasonal feeding and breeding areas of any mammal. 2) Orcas and dusky sharks are among known predators of humpback whale calves. 3) One disputed estimate suggests that there were almost 250,000 humpbacks in the North Atlantic before whaling began. There are now 12,000. 4) Following the 1986 global moratorium on whale hunting, humpbacks have moved from Endangered to Vulnerable, and in 2008, to Least Concern, with an estimated population of more than 60,000 animals. 5) Male humpbacks are the Pavarottis of [...]

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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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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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Reef Safe

Reef-Safe Products for Body, Hair and Masks

While protecting yourself from the sun is important, the ocean needn’t suffer as a result. Here are some picks for reef-safe products for body and more. We all know that sunscreen is important, but the need to protect our skin and hair from the sun’s rays is damaging the oceans. Between 6,000 and 14,000 tons — yes, tons — of sunscreen washes into the ocean every year. Add to this body lotions, hair products, and, for divers, mask de-fogging products, [...]

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scuba divers

5 Tips for New Scuba Divers

I remember it like it was yesterday — my first open-water ocean dive. I was in the Bahamas, and intently listening to the divemaster’s briefing. He explained we’d be making our first dive at the top of a wall. We were to meet at the mooring at about 35 feet and then we’d gradually make our way to the edge of the wall, dropping down to about 90 feet. Wait, what? Ninety feet, as in 9-zero feet? I looked around. No [...]

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Dive Boat

Learn Proper Dive Boat Procedures and Don’t Be “That Diver”

10 tips Do Not Be “That Diver” While you do your Open Water Diver training, you are under the watchful eye of your instructor and maybe a divemaster or two. That training may have been all shore dives or maybe from a boat. If you had boat dives and shared the boat with certified divers, you may have a good glimpse of how to dive from a boat. You may of also had your first introduction to “that diver”. Every [...]

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Saving Air

Secrets to Saving Air while Scuba Diving

Do you use up air faster than your dive buddy? We’ve got tips on Saving Air Do you consistently run through your gas supply faster than other divers on the boat? Do you frequently have to end the dive before the rest of the group? What’s going on? And what can you do about it? First, you can stop beating yourself up over it. People are different. Those with slower metabolisms will — other factors being equal — use less oxygen. [...]

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