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Scuba Diving Resource has teamed up with award winning underwater Photographer Brook Petersen to provide Tutorials to improve your imaging.

Whether your new to underwater photography or advanced these expert tips and tutorials from Brook will help you improve your photographs.

BETTER UW PHOTOS NOW

Finding Their Way Home

Photographer: Greg Lecoeur

Loggerheads can swim 8,000+ miles in a single year, and back again. We finally know how they do it.

Despite the thousands of miles traveled previously, the turtles have an incredible ability to find their way back to within about 40 to 50 miles of the beach where they were born.

Secret to How Sea Turtles Return to Their Birth Beach Finally Uncovered

Ancient Reef Dwellers

Fossil records indicate that sponges have been around for more than 750 million years and more than 5,000 known species thrive in the planet’s underwater ecosystems. Photo by Warren Baverstock

Did you know that the reefs of Wakatobi are home to some of the oldest and most resilient creatures in the animal kingdom? Creatures that have survived more than a dozen planet-wide mass extinctions and outlasted the dinosaurs. You will find them everywhere from the shallows to the deepest dive sites, and they can live for hundreds of years. Pretty impressive for an animal that can’t even run away from danger.

Though sometimes overlooked by divers, sea sponges can be fascinating.  FULL STORY

Diving All 50 States

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Follow Jennifer Idols quest to become the first woman to dive all 50 states, I heard innumerable opinions on the places I was diving. Most often asked, “Can you even dive all 50 states?”  YES.  This seemingly obvious question reveals the biggest of misconceptions, that if you can actually dive all 50 states, it must be uninteresting, ugly, and difficult.

Diving in the United States is full of adventure, wilderness, and beautiful landscapes.  

Jennifer’s Journey

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

Gray whale 'materialises' from the abyss, investigates divers

Capturing the “perfect” shot of an oceanic titan takes time, patience and practice … but sometimes, you just get lucky. Really lucky!

That’s how diver Ben Laboy describes his recent encounter with an inquisitive gray whale in California’s Monterey Bay. The animal surprised Laboy when it materialised behind his dive partner, but he managed to bottle up his excitement until the behemoth faded from view, as swiftly as it appeared. (It’s hard to believe this was Laboy’s first time diving with a GoPro!)

“I will never forget looking into the eye of this majestic animal,” Laboy wrote on Facebook, noting the whale came within feet of him and his dive buddy, Nicole Guido-Estrada.

Despite being just an arm’s length away, neither diver attempted to make contact with the passing giant. (It was the right move: intentionally touching – or even approaching – whales can be dangerous, and it’s also illegal in US waters).

FULL STORY source earthtouchnewsnetwork

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

See the Reef in a New Light

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Fluo night diving is diving with a blue light torch and mask barrier filter for viewing bio-fluorescence. It is not well understood why some corals and other sea creatures evolved to fluoresce.  What is known is that some marine organisms (such as corals, tunicates, barnacles, sponges, anemones, jellyfish, clams, nudibranchs, cephalopods, shrimp, crabs, worms, fish) produce GFP and mutations of GFP (other colors than green) which react to blue light causing this effect.

LEARN MORE ABOUT “FLOURO”

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

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
Seagrass.

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

Women's Sea Of Cortez Trip

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Attention ladies! Join Dora & Susan on our first Wander Women trip to the Sea of Cortez!

We are so excited to host the first all-ladies trip aboard Quino el Guardian! And to make it even more special, we are donating 5% of the trip price to Dive for a Cure.

Join Dora & Susan for the first annual.

Sea of Cortez/Midriff Islands To benefit Dive for a Cure, August 19-26, 2018

DETAILS

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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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:

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

Celebrate Earth Day with Tasik Ria

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In order to commemorate Earth Day, Balai Bunaken National Park (BTNB) with the community, local government, and tourists doing Malendong Clean-Bunaken activities on Saturday (28/04/2018).

It was a great day, as you can see there was 1.5 tons of trash taken out of the sea and beaches. It was a great team effort and we here at Tasik Ria will be continuing the effort.

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.

Belize bans oil activity to protect its barrier reef

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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. 

Some good news for the new year: in what has been called a huge step forward in protecting oceans and marine life, the Belize government has announced bold legislation to end oil activity in all of its waters.

FULL STORY

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