We wish You a Happy Holiday Season
For those who celebrate Christmas, tree decorating comes once a year, but in the world’s tropical seas, ’tis always the season!
Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus giganteus) are a type of polychaete a group of segmented worms that contains over 13,000 Species And just like their cousins the sea Mice and feather dusters unassuming invertebrates put on quite the eye -catching display.
Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Check out Scuba Diving Resource’s HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE for expert advice, reviews, and recommendations for the diver or ocean lover.
Practical or luxe, quirky or classic, these Unique gifts will send just the right message to the people you are oh-so grateful for this year. Or maybe you deserve to buy yourself one of these great items.
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:
Things to Do Immediately Next time you experience an air travel annoyance, these tips will help you rebook your flight, get compensation, and keep comfortable while you wait.
As airline passenger horror stories continue to pop up in the news, It’s important to learn everything you can about how to control your experience when things go wrong. Frequent travelers have an arsenal of tools available to them when air travel doesn’t go as planned.
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Safety and performance for diving includes preparing for the varied physical effort required above and below the surface, training the body to cope with the stresses of pressure at depth, and maintaining good health to reduce risks associated with diving.
To be a better diver, the diver must also train out of the water. While diving is usually considered moderate-intensity activity, there are differences in the physical requirements for diving….
Aerobic & Resistance Training, Flexibility, Body Weight
Seahorses are truly unique, and not just because of their unusual equine shape. Unlike most other fish, they are monogamous and mate for life.
Rarer still, they are among the only animal species on Earth in which the male bears the unborn young.
May be Under Oil Rigs.
Offshore oil rigs can be eyesores, but beneath the surface, the views are anything but ugly. That’s because they attract all manner of sea creatures—from playful sea lions to rainbow-colored corals.
Much like the masts and hulls of ships that are sunk to create artificial reefs, the beams and columns of oil plaforms are havens for coral and marine life.
One of the Great Joys of Travel is experiencing the Food.
Those pineapple-and-pork tacos served on almost every street corner in every Mexican city? You know them as tacos al pastor, thin slices of pork shaved from a giant tower of layered meat rotating on a spit beside an open grill, piled onto one or two soft tortillas and topped with onions, chopped cilantro, a spear or chunks of pineapple, and a dollop of salsa. This Mexican street food classic has Middle Eastern roots.
KBR is a photographers paradise located in the “critter capitol of the world”.
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The shallows aren’t just for off gassing. Steep walls and dramatic seamounts make for exciting dives, and there are a number of sites in Wakatobi that offer these profiles. In many places, this type of wall dive would end with a safety stop, hanging on a down line or swimming towards shore. But at Wakatobi, the ascent leads to the bright world of the upper reef, where various hard and soft corals spread into large formations to catch the sunlight.
Many of these same sites offer something that few other places can. When reefs rise sharply from deep water to within a meter or two of the surface, divers can stretch bottom times beyond the hour mark, and discover the colorful world of the shallows.
What should you do after an earthquake?
An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of underground rock. Earthquakes can cause buildings to collapse and cause heavy items to fall, resulting in injuries and property damage.
Earthquakes can: Happen many places divers travel to Happen without warning Cause fires and damage roads; and Cause tsunamis, landslides, and avalanches.
of Whale Sharks.
TO SEE A single whale shark — the world’s largest fish, a solitary behemoth that can grow to school-bus size — is a rare experience.
Seeing hundreds gathered in one place is unprecedented.
“It’s one of the most incredible gatherings of animals that’s ever been recorded. It’s mind-blowing,” the idea of finding 400 in an area of the size of a couple football fields is unheard of.”
Ray Woolley broke his own record, which he set last year. Then on Sept 1st, at the age of 95, he broke his own record.
He dived for 44 minutes at a depth of 133 feet off the coast of Cyprus, where he currently lives.
Woolley, who attributes his longevity to an active lifestyle, joined a group other divers to explore the Zenobia, a cargo ship wreck near the town of Larnaca.
“If I can inspire just one person to get up out of their chair and do something, then that’s great,” he said when he broke the record last year.
One committed photographer spent a grand total of 3,000 dive hours trying to get the perfect shots, capturing beautiful images of a rare shark feeding frenzy.
Laurent Ballesta’s images show the glimmering gray reef sharks hunting in swift packs, flying through the water and feasting on the likes of helpless grouper.
DIVE AND TRAVEL INDUSTRY UPDATES
Similan National Park New Regulations
Please be aware that new regulations released by the Thailand National Park Authority relating to entry in to the Similan National Park now dictate that a maximum of 525 divers may enter the Similan National Park each day. This means that we have to pre purchase entry tickets from 60 days prior to a cruise.
Subway Watersports Donates Boat to Roatan Marine Park
Subway Watersports, the on-site dive operation at Turquoise Bay Dive Resort on Roatan, Honduras, recently donated a 27-ft boat to the Roatan Marine Park to assist in that organization’s efforts to protect the vital Roatan marine environment. The boat, named the “Isabelle Sirenna”, was immediately put to use by Marine Park Officials who now regularly patrol the Northeastern sector of the island near where Turquoise Bay is located. DETAIL
Stretching across the channel that links Fiji’s two main islands is a blue-green jewel of forest and reef. Called Vatu-i-Ra, the seascape and its vibrant seas are laced with coral reefs, masses of colourful reef fish, and sea turtles, while the adjoining landscape of coastal forests is alive with crested iguanas, tree frogs, and sea birds.
Tourism Suncoast has been working with Wildlife Conservation Society, our communities from district of Nakorotubu in the province of Ra, the Ra Provincial office, the traditional/customary owners of Vatu-i-Ra Island to develop the Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park. FULL STORY
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.