New Giant Sunfish

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 has evaded scientist for years.

The massive ocean sunfish — an odd-looking fish with a flat, rigid, tailless body — is not only the world’s largest bony fish, but also one of the most elusive fishes in the world.

Now, for the first time in 130 years, scientists have identified and described a new species of this giant fish that they say has been “hiding in plain sight for centuries”. The Hoodwinker sunfish can weigh up to two metric tonnes and can grow up to 2.5 meters (over eight feet), the team estimates. The fish’s slim, sleek body doesn’t change much between juveniles and adults and it doesn’t develop lumps and bumps during its growth like other sunfish species.

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Scuba Diving Bikini Atoll

After the Second World War, the USA collected a ‘mock’ naval fleet for the purpose of testing the impact of different atomic bombs on a large fleet. These nuclear bomb tests were performed in several remote locations in the South Pacific Ocean, known as the Pacific Proving Grounds.

Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands was appointed one of the designated testing areas within the Marshall Islands. Between 1946 and 1958, not less than 23 atomic bombs were tested at Bikini Atoll, which resulted in a unique selection of shipwrecks from the US, Germany and Japan consisting of war battleships, cruisers, and an aircraft carrier.

More than 60 years later, the shipwrecks remain equally as impressive while they have become home to many kinds of corals and fish species. As a result, Bikini Atoll has become the ultimate wreck diving for the true fans! This exclusive and unparalleled diving destination is undisputedly ranked first on any serious wreck & technical divers’ bucket list. This is well justified; nowhere else on earth you will be able to dive into such a unique collection of historic battleships, cruisers, as well as the world famous USS Saratoga aircraft carrier with its 270m (888ft.) flight deck. For this reason, Bikini Atoll was declared the first UNESCO World Heritage site for the Marshall Islands archipelago in 2010.

Dive Bikini Atolls by liveaboard with Truk Master and learn much more about those incredible wrecks! 

OUR BIGGEST GIVE-AWAY EVER

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  

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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.

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Pack Your Bags - Scuba Diving Guanaja, Honduras

Guanaja (pronounced gwa-na’-‘ha), of the three islands off the coast of Honduras that make up the archipelago called The Bay Islands. Remote yet full of activities and pristine Diving Conditions! Guanaja’s fringing reef is a protected marine reserve—an ideal spot for diving and snorkeling. Top dive sites include pinnacles, vertical walls, lava tunnels and wrecks.  Dive sites ring the island, meaning finding a location to dive in the lee of the wind is nearly always possible.  In addition to the sites surrounding mainland Guanaja, there are also sites, particularly in the south, off several of a dozen or so cays that are part of Guanaja.

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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:

WWDAS Monthly Special

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Special offer for February 2018 on selected cruise.

Siren Fleet – 20% off

Master Live-aboard Fleet – 15-30% off 

Contact us today and don’t forget to add the code MFEB2018 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 28 Feb 2018.

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

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?

FREE AIRFARE to Mexico

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Dive with the Big Animals of Socorro Island aboard the Quino El Guardian and Get Free Airfare on select May,2108 cruises.

These islands are a spectacular magnet for the largest ocean pelagic animals in the world.

Animals include schooling Hammerhead Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Dolphins, Silky Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, clouds of Jacks and Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, Oceanic White Tip Sharks, Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.

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Weird Octopus Genetics

Photographer: Gabriel Barathieu

In case you weren’t aware, coleoid cephalopods (octopus, squids, and cuttlefish) are pretty cool.

Exhibit A: giant squids can grow to be up to 43 feet long and were likely the inspiration for various well-known sea monster tales.

Exhibit B: cuttlefish are known to put on amazing camouflaging color change performances.

Exhibit C: the octopus. The amazingly intelligent mollusk that is the Harry Houdinis of the underwater world.

After all that how could they possibly get cooler?  Thanks to some crazy newly released research involving RNA editing.

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5 Star Review - Raja Ampat

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Papua Explorers Resort, Indonesia 

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I’ve been diving all over the world and I’m on a mission to find the world’s best dive sites. Raja Ampat is definitely a world class diving destination, with an amazing variety of fish and critters as well as incredible hard and soft coral.

Papua Explorer is a remote but exotic resort, and the bungalows over the water can’t be beat.    Each day was an exciting excursion to explore fantastic dive sites as we never knew what we would see that was unique to the area

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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

Belize Bans Offshore Oil

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Decision hailed as huge step forward that will safeguard both the marine environment and the country’s lucrative dive tourism industry.

The move is designed to protect the fragile Belize Barrier Reef world heritage site, the second-largest in the world after Australia’s and home to 1,400 species, including endangered hawksbill turtles, manatees, rays and six threatened species of shark.

Oil-related damage, such as a spill, could have impacts as far afield as Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras and affect the lucrative tourism industry.

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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.

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WAKATOBI – A Rare Find

Photo by Warren Baverstock

As a marine scientist, Dr. Richard Smith has visited Wakatobi many times in pursuit of his studies, sometimes staying for months at a time, and logging hundreds of hours on the reefs.

“I never tire of spending time here, and I always seem to discover new wonders and surprises with each visit.

There are several factors that account for the diversity of life found on Wakatobi’s reefs. Because they rise almost to the surface, the reef tops are exposed to ample ambient light that encourages a broad range of coral growth, supporting a wide variety of fish and invertebrates that depend on these corals.

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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.

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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.

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