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.
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.
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
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.
Angels Have Fins!
Rescuers on Tuesday (July 10) successfully extracted all the remaining boys and their coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, after two successful operations on Sunday and Mondayfreed eight other boys in a saga that has gripped the world.
The rescued boys and their coach were carried out of the cave on a stretcher, as were the eight boys previously freed.
Shortly after the last person was rescued, the Thai Navy Seals posted on their Facebook page: “We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what.
Let us not forget to remember and Thank all those that helped in the rescue and the brave diver who lost his life in the effort.
Mark Willacy was in northern Thailand for this special report.
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
Our makeover from the original property formerly Kasawari Lembeh Resort is almost completed and we are ready to “reopen” to welcome our guests this time to the new look, our solitude look…
We are pleased to offer you our Solitude Lembeh Resort’s soft opening promotion for check in dates from now till 20 Dec 2018.
10% Discount for all diving packages on our air and Nitrox package rates.
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.