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Why choose a live-aboard dive trip?

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If you are a diver and have not yet done a trip on a live-aboard, here are some thoughts about why considering a live-aboard dive trip in your next trip.

A live-aboard is a larger boat with cabins so that divers live directly on board for the duration of the trip. This arrangement allows the boat to move further away from shore support and explore more remote dive areas or dive in several different areas, all during the same trip. Read more

January 18, 2018 |

Tiger Shark

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Did you know? The tiger shark’s reputation as an indiscriminate eater that will swallow anything it finds, including garbage, has earned it the nickname “wastebasket of the sea”.

It gets its name due to the stripes found on it that resemble those on a tiger. Each one of the tiger sharks will have stripes that are different in color, design, and size found mainly on juveniles. As these sharks mature, the lines begin to fade and almost disappear. You will also notice that their dorsal fins are very close to the tail. Read more

January 16, 2018 |

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. Read more

January 12, 2018 |

Dumbo Octopus

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The “Dumbo Octopus” is purportedly named after Walt Disney’s famous character “Dumbo” the elephant because of it’s ear-like fins.  These interesting animals can be found in all oceans of the world. They can be rarely seen because they are living on the bottom of the sea on a depth ranging from 1,300 to 23,000 feet. Other species of octopi live in shallower waters. Since not much is known about dumbo octopi, they are not considered to be endangered species. Read more

September 18, 2017 |

Extreme Diving in the Pacific Northwest

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A few years back the term “extreme” was placed before the name of a sport to distinguish those involved as over the top, hard core enthusiasts.   Such athletes were not mere participants; these folks were risk-takers, adrenaline junkies and quiet honestly described as “crazy” by those less concerned with thrill-seeking.

Technical Diving is the extreme branch of Scuba Diving. Read more

September 6, 2017 |

Mandarin Fish

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The mandarin fish or mandarin dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus), is a small, brightly colored member of the dragonet family. The mandarin fish is native to the Pacific, ranging approximately from the Ryukyu Islands to Australia. The name comes from its fantastic coloration which resembles the robes of an imperial Chinese officer (Mandarin). Read more

September 5, 2017 |

Mimic Octopus

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The mimic octopus was not discovered officially until 1998, off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. This is the only octopus known to mimic the appearance and mannerisms other species. Mimic octopus have been known to imitate more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, flounders, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp. Read more

August 30, 2017 |

Wolf Eel

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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. Read more

July 25, 2017 |
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