Fanged Creature Found

Preeti Desai found the creature on a Texas beach and asked Twitter for help identifying it

A mysterious fanged sea creature that washed up on a beach in Texas following Hurricane Harvey has been identified.  Preeti Desai found the decaying fish on a beach in Texas City, and asked Twitter for help.

She posted several photos with the caption: “Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?”

Her request was passed to biologist and eel specialist Dr Kenneth Tighe, a biologist with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, suspects we’re looking at Aplatophis chauliodus, the fangtooth snake-eel or “tusky” eel.

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Checked Baggage Tips

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You have Planned, Prepared & Paid for your Dive Holiday for months.  Now it is time to pack.

Packing for international travel can be a challenge. Each airline has its own regulations for baggage allowances, and airport security can be difficult to negotiate.
There is also the uncertainty of going to a new place and dealing with a new and possibly unfamiliar environment.

This ADVICE from the staff of Scuba Diving Resource should help you avoid many of the common problems that passengers experience with checked luggage and to help start  your dive holiday off right.

Lionfish - Need to Know

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It’s been over twenty years since we first started hearing alarming reports of lionfish being seen in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Originally from the Indo-Pacific it is not certain how they invaded the Atlantic, but once in waters where they have no natural predators, the lionfish population exploded and quickly became the most destructive invasive species in history.

They now range as far as southern Brazil with devastating consequences for coastal ecosystems. In What you need to know about Lionfish we give you the latest research, recipes and videos on Lionfish.

CocoView Monkey Lala

CocoView Monkey Lala

A Monkey Lala?    

We love them on Roatan!

Ingredients: 

1 shot of dark rum
1 shot Bailey’s Irish crème
1 shot Kahlua
4- 6oz coconut crème
Ice

Blend until smooth.  (Optional add-ins: Banana, peanut butter, cocoa powder or other chocolate powder)

ENJOY!!!

Recipe courtesy of CocoView Resort

Photo Gear & Flying

This $11,000 Camera Lens Shows Why You Don’t Check In Gear When Flying.

If you’re flying with camera equipment, bring the gear onto the plane in a carry-on bag with you if at all possible. This $11,000 Leica lens shows what can happen if you entrust your pricey equipment to the hold inside checked baggage

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The Psychedelic Frogfish, the Holy Grail of Critters

The psychedelic frogfish is aptly named after its lurid colours and striped pattern. The weird and wonderful psychedelic frogfish (Histiophryne psychedelica) was first described in 2009. With vivid stripes of bluish-green, white and yellowish-orange, this strange-looking fish is a type of anglerfish. However, unlike most anglerfish, and indeed its own family of frogfish, the psychedelic frogfish is unusual in not having a lure growing from its forehead.

In other anglerfish, the lure is a fleshy, modified dorsal fin spine that the anglerfish uses as ‘bait’ to attract prey.   Video Credit: Michael Wijaya Ishak

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As a THANKS to Our Viewers For Becoming Part of the SDR Community

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Starting January, 2018 We are adding a fabulous trip to Kungkungang Bay Resort, critter capitol of the world.  Stay Tuned for details

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The Mimic Octopus

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The mimic octopus was not discovered officially until 1998, off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

This is the only octopus known to mimic the appearance and mannerisms other species. Mimic octopus have been known to imitate more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, flounders, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp.

Mimic octopuses have been observed shifting between impersonations as it crosses the ocean floor to return to its burrow. An Indo-West Pacific long-armed species which impersonates numerous poisonous or dangerous animals.

Pack Your Bags - Scuba Diving Malaysia

It’s not surprising that Malaysia is regarded one of the world’s top dive destinations. 

Blessed with some of the richest waters in the world , Malaysia scuba diving offers a variety of experiences depending on where you are: being surrounded by hammerheads  at the pristine coral atoll of Layang Layang, cavorting with turtles and swirling tornadoes of barracudas in Sipadan Island  or discovering the weird and wonderful world of Malaysia’s incredible macro dive sites.

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What Happens Underwater

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DURING A HURRICANE?

We think we’re pretty familiar with hurricanes – strong winds, storm surge, flooding rains, ominous satellite images from space, and radar loops when they get near land. But what goes on at and below the ocean’s surface when a hurricane passes overhead? Quite a lot, actually!

below the ocean’s surface, the currents and turbulence beneath those waves can also be quite destructive. Unlike places above the surface, the ocean doesn’t “forget” about the storm very quickly… strong currents and turbulence have been known to exist up to a week after the storm passes overhead. Damaging currents can extend down to at least 300 feet below the surface……

The Effects on the ocean properties

Your Ears Ruining Dives?

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You’ve completed your final checks; you jump into the water, signal to show you’re ready and begin your decent. You try to equalize, but nothing happens, you try again but still nothing happens and now you feel discomfort.

Do you continue trying to descend or end your dive before it has even begun? It is incredible to think that almost every diver at some point in their diving career will suffer with ear and equalizing issues.

What if you could prevent equalizing issues and never have to worry about losing out on a dive again?

Non Diving Friends & Family? Show Them This Video

Don’t Be A Beach Bum!
Go Dive Now‘s latest video, “Don’t Be a Beach Bum,” encourages Non-Divers to live life beyond their social media feed. It promotes scuba diving as a great way to connect with friends and see some amazing things underwater. And for those active social media users, it also allows for some great photos to share on social media!

Bali Volcano Update

Bali volcano update: Mount Agung has settled down over the past week

Volcano warning downgraded as Mount Agung activity calms.

After  more than a month of intense seismic activity, Mount Agung’s alert status was downgraded from level four to level three on Sunday, after seismic activity underneath the volcano showed signs of abating.

However, the head of Bali’s Volcanology Centre (PVMBG) has warned that the threat of an eruption has not passed.   “The volcanic activities have not completely calmed down and there is still a potential for an eruption,” he said.

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Gotta Love the Frogfish

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Divers can’t help not loving Frogfish. Even though some might call them ugly, weird or grumpy they come in so many colors and variations they are just fascinating creatures.

The Frogfish is a master of disguise and full of surprises. From their adaptive colors, shapes and elasticity, to their hunting equipment and mobility, these ambush predators have over 45 species ranging from 1/8 inch to 22 inches in size. They’re often seen perched or hanging from corals and sponges at various angles while they wait for prey.

 FROGFISH FACTS

Swimming Inside a ‘Fish Tornado’

The waters of Cabo Pulmo, Mexico, teem with life—a reminder of what the oceans were like a century ago.

Most of the time, we compare the state of our oceans to years past, when fish were more abundant and marine life was healthier. Cabo Pulmo in Baja California is different—many marine biologists consider this to be the most successful marine reserve in the world. Working here was a unique opportunity to provide visual proof of the wonderful and incredible things that can happen if you protect a part of the ocean. The ocean has the amazing ability to recover if we introduce the right legislation and we engage in the right restoration efforts.

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U.S. Postal Sharks Stamps

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The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the wonder of sharks by issuing the Sharks Forever stamps featuring five species that inhabit American waters — the mako, thresher, great white, hammerhead and whale sharks. 

Each realistic stamp image is labeled by species: “MAKO SHARK,” “THRESHER SHARK,” “GREAT WHITE SHARK,” “WHALE SHARK,” and “HAMMERHEAD SHARK.” Styled in lowercase letters, the words “usa forever” also appear on each stamp.

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DIVE AND TRAVEL INDUSTRY UPDATES

Solitude NOW in Indonesia!

LEMBEH, INDONESIA -Kasawari Lembeh Resort to be rebranded as Solitude Lembeh Resort as of 13 November 2017.

This property, the first of Solitude in Resorts, to be added to the Solitude portfolio boasts 5100m2 of waterfront land located in Lembeh, Bitung – the muck-diving “capital” of the world.

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Volivoli - New Dive Boat

FIJI – A New addition to the purpose built Dive Fleet at Ra Divers, Volivoli Beach Resort.

The  Hydrofoil Catamaran will offer divers more stability at rest and under power, also offering the added benefit of more room on the dive deck.

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Master Adds New Boat

Following the recent merger with blue o two, Master Liveaboards is pleased to announce yet another vessel to its ever growing network of worldwide liveaboards; the Solomons PNG Master.

As the name implies, not offering just one, but TWO new destinations; Solomon and Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Hurricane Recovery Update

As dive businesses physically located in the areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey,  Irma and Maria work to reopen. To find information on their operation status as provided by the businesses themselves CLICK HERE

If your business is located in one of the areas impacted by either of these hurricanes, we invite you to submit a press release informing the industry when your business is up and running by completing this online form.

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