OUR BIGGEST GIVE-AWAY

If our monthly Belize Trip Giveaway To the GEM of  BELIZE, St. George’s Caye Resort  wasn’t enough, Beginning in March  2018, every quarter we will also be giving away:

7 night Dive Package for TWO to Kungkungan Bay ResortLembeh Strait, Indonesia.
That’s Right… Trip is for Two Divers.
 

KBR is a photographers paradise located in the “critter capitol of the world”.

WINNING IS EASY!  In fact you might already be entered to win.

SIX EASY WAYS TO WIN – DETAILS

Giant Australian Cuttlefish by Jonathon Di Cecco

The Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama) is the largest cuttlefish species in the family Sepidae. This unique animal can be found around the southern part of Australia from southern Queensland around the south to Coral Bay in Western Australia, including all of Tasmania.

The Giant Cuttlefish is generally found hiding in caves and crevices and is generally very curious when approached by divers. When divers approach they will often come forward to investigate and they appear to like objects that have bright fluorescent colours (such as green and pink). Giant Cuttlefish have been seen following divers that wear brightly coloured fins.

They are a very inquisitive species and will often approach divers that venture into their cave area.  During the mating season the males become very territorial and can become quite aggressive towards any intruders encroaching on their space.  More on Giant Cuttlefish

Did You Know?

Mandarin Fish just before the sun sets, 3 to 5 females will make their way to a particular region of reef (“street corner”!) and gather where males visit and display courtship behavior, hoping to attract the females.

The visiting males may tour around various sites in one evening spreading their sperm among a number of different females!  This is a Ritual you must see.

MORE ON MANDARIN

For More Marine life Info

Elusive Shark Caught On Camera

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The Greenland shark is one of the world’s largest marine species, reaching lengths over six metres. And yet these fish, which prefer the deep, cold waters of the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans, have largely eluded scientific study.

Their evasiveness highlights how little we know about Arctic marine ecosystems — and how much we can learn by developing and employing new technologies.

And we did it without taking any sharks from the water.    FULL STORY

Humpback Whale Protects Diver From Shark

The whale pushed biologist Nan Hauser with his head and his mouth, tucked her under its pectoral fin – even lifted the biologist out of the water on one occasion.

This is the heart-stopping moment a giant 50,000-pound humpback whale protected an unsuspecting snorkeler from a Tiger Shark by pushing her through the water.

The stunning video Nan Hauser and her team were able to capture – including point-of-view footage – show how the whale pushed whale biologist Ms. Hauser with his head and his mouth.

FULL STORY

Big Bellied Seahorse

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I’m Jealous of the Big-bellied Seahorse: The enlarged belly of the males is one of their most distinctive features, which they wear puffed-out like a badge of honor – the bigger the pouch, the more attractive he is to a prospective mate.

It’s like being in a fairy tale world when you watch Big-bellied Seahorses gracefully floating through the water, with their big bellies proudly thrust forward and curly tails intertwining with rocks and seaweed.

MORE ON THE BIG BELLIED

How to " Split Shot"

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Great Article from Ikelite on HOW TO SHOOT SPLIT SHOTS (HALF-IN, HALF-OUT OF THE WATER) 

Some of the most iconic underwater images are taken right at the surface.

Split shots (also called half-in, half-out or over-under) are universally loved for bringing life above and below water together. Think an island of palm trees with fish schooling beneath the surface. Or a swimmer diving in the water to cool off. Split shots offer a cool perspective that can inject that wow factor into an otherwise standard vacation scene.

LEARN MORE

Marshall Islands: The World's Largest Shark Sanctuary

The Marshall Islands has been home to the world’s largest shark sanctuary for a year.

It’s an area of the central Pacific Ocean spanning 1,990,530 square kilometers (768,547 square miles)—nearly four times the landmass of California—in which commercial fishing of all sharks is prohibited. And not only is it the biggest, but a year later, its shark protections are still the strongest.

This video highlights the importance of the Marshall Islands shark sanctuary and how the government and law enforcement officials have been working to enforce its new laws.

MORE ON GLOBAL SHARK CONSERVATION

Master of Camouflage

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Scientists uncover how colorful pygmy seahorses camouflage themselves. 

Pygmy seahorses are fragile and tiny, they could have been included in our list of animals tiny enough to sit on your finger.

Yet their smallness becomes an advantage when combined with their amazing ability to disguise themselves as bits of coral. They’re found on bright orange or purple corals, blending in and avoiding the notice of predators.

But how did the seahorses come to be the right color? Biologists at the California Academy of Sciences set out to answer this question:

Protecting Seagrass in Wakatobi

Healthy seagrass on the ocean floor. Seagrass provides an important source of income and food for
communities around the world, but its importance often goes unnoticed. Photo courtesy of Benjamin Jones/Project
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Seagrass, the “ugly duckling” of the conservation world, is a vital lifeline for thousands of communities around the globe and an efficient absorber of “blue carbon.” It is also quickly disappearing. In Indonesia’s Wakatobi National Park, a community-focused tree-planting initiative is helping protect seagrass meadows and foster a new generation of environmentally aware children.

Seagrass has always received scant notice when discussing marine egosystems but no more. We now realize that seagrass serves multiple beneficial rolls:

FULL STORY

A face only a mother could love?

A fish with a face of a wolf & the body of an eel, The WOLF EEL.

High on my Bucket list to dive with. I’m asked quite frequently where I want to diving & what I want to see. And if I’m going to see one, Guess I’m going to have to breakdown & wear a 7 mm suit, maybe better yet a dry-suite. Maybe our friends at DUI can help.

The wolf-eel somewhat resembles a moray eel, but it is actually not an eel at all. It is a member of the “wolffish” family. Despite its menacing appearance, this fish is very shy and docile. It does not attack unless provoked.   LEARN MORE

WWDAS Monthly Special

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April Crazy Special on selected cruise.

Siren Fleet: 15 – 20% off

Master Live-aboard Fleet: 10-30% off 

Contact us today and don’t forget to add the code MAPR2018 to your inquiry to take advantage of this offer*!

*Cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid on new individual bookings only. Offer valid on inquiries received by 30 APR 2018.

A Tip from Diver like You

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What To Do When Filing a Travel Insurance Claim

By: Diver2500

One of the last things you want to do while on vacation is to have to file an insurance claim. And if you think that would put a damper on your trip, imagine if the claim were denied.

Considering up to 10% of travel insurance claims are turned down every year, it’s definitely a possibility, but one that can be greatly minimized if you’re prepared ahead of time.

In order to help you circumvent any possible issues should the unthinkable happen, we’ve compiled this guide to filing an travel insurance claim the proper way!

Insurance Claim Guide

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?

Coral Explorers

Who needs a coral ID book… when you can have the real thing!
Join us on our annual Coral Explorer’s trip, and learn valuable coral conservation and ID skills while immersing yourself in the biodiverse waters of Raja Ampat, at the heart of the Coral Triangle!

Do you love diving and snorkeling? Do you love to immerse yourself into the vibrant world of coral reefs and all the life they hold? Are you fascinated by all the incredible diversity – from soft corals to seamounts and sea sponges to sea fans – and find yourself wondering more about the extra-ordinary worlds within?

If this is you, then join us on May 30 – June 10, 2018 at Papua Explorers Resort, and give yourself the opportunity to learn more!  DETAIL

6 Travel Accessories

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Passport? Check. Guidebook? Got it. Clean underwear? We’d never forget that!

Whether for business or pleasure, travel can be fun, energizing, and exciting – or exhausting, frustrating, and boring. Learn from my mishaps and control – or at least minimize – many of the inevitable inconveniences with some advance preparation and the right equipment.

Life is too short not to venture out and feel the warmth of the tropical sun, play in the ocean or experience the local culture. Here’s to your travel vacation experience being everything you have ever dreamed about and much more.

6 MUST HAVE ACCESSORIES

DIVE AND TRAVEL INDUSTRY UPDATES

Dive & Travel Show schedule

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The shows offer educational and informative seminars, serious workshops and even Underwater Film Festivals.  From education to equipment purchases, shows are a great place for divers to meet and communicate with other divers.

DIVE & TRAVEL SHOW SCHEDULE

Tasik Ria Welcomes Disable Divers

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Here at Tasik Ria Resort in Manado – Indonesia, we haven’t been idle during our quiet time. Quite the opposite. We have used this time to carry out repairs, refurbishments and retraining.

We have laid new brick footpaths, revamped the pool bar, jazzed up the jetty bar, laid new flooring in our sea view rooms and with the help of Mark Rausch trained some of our dive team to be even better at looking after our most welcome disabled divers.

PSI / PCI Training Schedule at Dive Show

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If you need to inspect tanks (or just want to learn about the process) you need this formal, recognized training.  PSI / PCI has conveniently schedules Training sessions around the USA’s Dive shows. PSI-PCI, is the gold standard for visual cylinder inspection training, the only training recognized, endorsed and used by the cylinder manufacturers and recognized by USDOT, CGA, and other rule making entities.

Helpful Links For Travel Planning

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Planning dive travel is not easy.  Many questions will come up from weather forecast, currency exchange, visa & entry requirements, electricity and plug information to health and travel alert…etc.

Scuba Diving Resource has compiled the following links to HELP you plan your dive travel.

HERE IS THE LINK

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