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  • Octopus Mom Breaks Record for Longest Brooding Period

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    30 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    A devoted mother octopus has broken the record for longest brooding period after scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) observed her with her 160 eggs over a period of four years and five months.
  • William Donato: An Archaeologist Quest for Atlantis

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    Earth Ancients
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    William Michael Donato is an American archaeologist who holds an MA in anthropology and is a regular contributor to the Ancient American and Atlantis Rising magazines and is an advocate of a Bimini location for Atlantis. He was the founder of The Atlantis Organisation (TAO) whose work is now continued by the Apex Institute, which was established in 2001 to investigate sites in the Bahamas and other places around the world that might provide evidence of ancient advanced civilizations. Donato's Master's Thesis was entitled A Re-examination of the Atlantis Theory. Donato was a member of the 2005…
  • ScubaRadio 7-26-14 HOUR1

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    26 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week join Greg The Divemaster as he learns about the 50th anniversary of Sealab, the Mermaid Minute, and diving nuclear silos. Looking for HOUR2?
  • Tek Camp!

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    alexgriffincd
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:56 am
    What an amazing week, in between traffic jams, hangovers and convoluted taxi journeys there wasn’t quite enough time for a Friday post so in the meantime here’s the point on Thursday night at Tek camp just before it got really messy… Just before it really got out of hand…
  • Buying a Used Scuba Tank or Cylinder (eBay, Craigslist, Garage Sale)

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    15 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    When buying a used scuba tank (aka: cylinder or bottle)...whether online from eBay or Craigslist, or from a Garage Sale or Swap Meet/Flea Market...be sure to consider the following: Does the air tank need a hydro? Check out the markings on the scuba tank to determine if the most recent hydrostatic pressure test date is within the last 5 years. You are taking a risk in buying a tank that needs hydro. Consider the cost of a hydro inspection ($25-$40) when negotiating the purchase price. Ask the seller for a written guarantee to refund your money, and possibly the cost of the inspection, if the…
 
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  • William Donato: An Archaeologist Quest for Atlantis

    Earth Ancients
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    William Michael Donato is an American archaeologist who holds an MA in anthropology and is a regular contributor to the Ancient American and Atlantis Rising magazines and is an advocate of a Bimini location for Atlantis. He was the founder of The Atlantis Organisation (TAO) whose work is now continued by the Apex Institute, which was established in 2001 to investigate sites in the Bahamas and other places around the world that might provide evidence of ancient advanced civilizations. Donato's Master's Thesis was entitled A Re-examination of the Atlantis Theory. Donato was a member of the 2005…
  • Tom North

    Journey On
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Tom North is a writer, poet, and adventurer. As the 11th of the 20 Beardsley children made famous in the film ?Yours, Mine and Ours?, Tom had firsthand experience of what it was really like to grow up in the famous family in Carmel, California. Having spent his formative years in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, Tom was always guided to seek solace and sanity in nature and later, Eastern Meditation. He is a successful financial advisor, writer, poet, and motivational speaker. Tom has written extensively about scuba diving, jade hunting in the wilds of Big Sur, and spiritual topics as…
  • Night Magick with Part Two Tom North and LIVE READINGS

    Night Magick
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Join us for a continuation of last week's discussion of transcendental meditation with Tom North. In the second half of our broadcast we will be giving live reading. Call in to Night Magick at 347-838-8981. Join us tonight to Tune in at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nightmagick 9E/8C/6P pm This show is brought to you by lawofattractionsolutions.com Thomas R. North was born into a military family visited by tragedy when Tom was just six years old. His father was killed in the crash of an experimental jet aircraf. His mother, Helen North, moved from Washington state to California and married…
  • Night Magick with Tom North

    Night Magick
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This show is brought to you by http://lawofattractionsolutions.com/ Thomas R. North was born into a military family visited by tragedy when Tom was just six years old. His father was killed in the crash of an experimental jet aircraft, leaving Tom's mother with seven children and one on the way. His mother, Helen North, moved from Washington state to California and married another military officer, who turned out to be ultra-violent and a child molester. As the award-winning author of True North – The Shocking Truth about ?Yours, Mine and Ours?, Tom writes about his experience as the…
  • Jarid Manos discusses Restoration Not Incarceration and more....

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    14 Jun 2014 | 1:30 pm
    (S5) KINGS Presents.... Literary Author, Green Leader, Vegan Athlete, Youth Worker, and Health Advocate, Jarid Manos. who'll discuss Restoration Not Incarceration, and his bok "Ghetto Plainsman" on A Touch of Grace; Saturday, 6/14/2014 @ (1:30PM, p.s.t./4:30PM, e.s.t.). To listen to the show click the link,or: ON DAY OF SHOW ONLY: Call in to speak with the host 347-215-7169. About Jarid: Jarid Manos is a featured guest speaker at universities, jails, churches (and other places of faith), organizations, events, conferences, businesses, chambers of commerce, and schools nationwide. A vegan…
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  • ScubaRadio 7-26-14 HOUR1

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    26 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This week join Greg The Divemaster as he learns about the 50th anniversary of Sealab, the Mermaid Minute, and diving nuclear silos. Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 7-26-14 HOUR2

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    26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This hour reports on a dive knife with a punch, the Dive Training magazine Digital Edition, and diving as exercise. Plus Greg The Divemaster gets schooled on diving the panhandle of Florida. Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 7-19-14 HOUR1

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    19 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster puts the award winning ScubaRadio production crew to work to bring a little excitment to a listener voicemail. Plus thoughts on a diver who goes missing on a shark dive in the Bahamas. Looking for HOUR2?
  • ScubaRadio 7-19-14 HOUR2

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    19 Jul 2014 | 6:50 pm
    This hour ScubaRadio viewer mail and a discussion on whether diving is a form of exercise. Looking for HOUR1?
  • ScubaRadio 7-12-14 HOUR1

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    12 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    This week Greg The Divemaster returns to share what he did on his summer vacation. Plus real life stories that show why you should be diving with Spare Air. Looking for HOUR2?
 
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  • Tek Camp!

    alexgriffincd
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:56 am
    What an amazing week, in between traffic jams, hangovers and convoluted taxi journeys there wasn’t quite enough time for a Friday post so in the meantime here’s the point on Thursday night at Tek camp just before it got really messy… Just before it really got out of hand…
  • Coral Bleaching Monitoring on Guam

    islanderparkscience
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    University of Guam students photo surveying corals for signs of bleaching inWar in the Pacific NHP.
  • NAUI - Take A Closer Look

    diver96
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I received my initial Open Water Diver certification through NAUI. It is a good organization and run as a non profit. Saftey is first with this organization. They will not try to “up-sell” you on their other programs. Unfortunately, NAUI affiliated dive shops can be few and far between. Ty- http://www.divinggearguide.com For more info: http://www.naui.org
  • Diving Dalyan

    carianway
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Diving Dalyan Our experienced, multi-lingual and well trained staff would like to take you diving in the clear blue waters of the mediterranean. A day diving with the Dalyan Dive Centre is good fun for experienced divers and beginners as well. If you do not want to dive you can  join your diving friends or family members and snorkel or swim while they dive. What do we offer? A day diving or snorkelling under the supervision of our instructors or divemasters. After diving you can use our equipment to go snorkelling.Most importantly, Good but at the same time it is safe FUN as all dives are…
  • Mastery Learning

    bnjdivingcentre
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    What is mastery learning? During any PADI course, you are required to master all skills before you can be certified. But what exactly does that mean? PADI definition: “During confined and open water dives, mastery is defined as performing the skill so it meets the stated performance requirements in a reasonably comfortable, fluid, repeatable manner as would be expected of a diver at that certification level.” This is why on your Open Water Course, when you were struggling with your full mask flood and clear skill, your nasty instructor made you do it over and over until they were…
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  • Buying a Used Scuba Tank or Cylinder (eBay, Craigslist, Garage Sale)

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    When buying a used scuba tank (aka: cylinder or bottle)...whether online from eBay or Craigslist, or from a Garage Sale or Swap Meet/Flea Market...be sure to consider the following: Does the air tank need a hydro? Check out the markings on the scuba tank to determine if the most recent hydrostatic pressure test date is within the last 5 years. You are taking a risk in buying a tank that needs hydro. Consider the cost of a hydro inspection ($25-$40) when negotiating the purchase price. Ask the seller for a written guarantee to refund your money, and possibly the cost of the inspection, if the…
  • Kayak Diving in South Florida

    12 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    A kayak can help you reach dive sites as far as 2 miles offshore. They also are great exercise and expand the adventure of diving. Most dive sites in Broward County are within a 30 minute paddle of a kayak launch point. Necessary equipment includes the kayak (about $500), a paddle (about $45) and a coastguard-approved life vest (as cheap as $8). You will also need a dive flag mounted to the kayak ($10) and a lead line ($15 to $30) to pull the kayak along with you during your dive. Optional equipment includes a GPS to find sites (about $150) and a fish finder (about $125). Our kayaks are Ocean…
  • The True Cost of Scuba Diving

    30 Jun 2014 | 2:51 pm
    There are a lot of excuses for not becoming a diver. Number one on list is the time required to get certified. The second runner-up is that diving is expensive. These are common objections that I often run into. Cost seems to be the major sticking point, or is it? Diving is not cheap, but most adventure pursuits are not. In many places diving has taken on a status more in-line with "yachting" or "sky diving" than a something just about anyone participate in. Is this perception keeping potential divers away? Is diving REALLY that expensive? Like many things, it depends. There is the cost of…
  • My Mom (Eve) and Biggest DiveBuddy Fan - RIP

    27 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    My Mom, Eve, passed away two weeks ago today (on June 13th, 2014). For several months she was battling pancreatic cancer. I felt it was important to share this news with my fellow dive buddies as many of you have interacted with my mom since we started this scuba community. My mom was my biggest DiveBuddy fan. She was always on the website. She replied to many of your forum topics. She commented on many of your photos. While she wasn’t a certified scuba diver, she was the best damn surface support in the world. She participated in saving turtles, she helped us with gear and travel…
  • California Diver Magazine publishes Hardcore Dive Team!

    18 Jun 2014 | 9:39 pm
    With our survey dives going on in Santa Monica Bay for Californiashipstoreefs.org it has put us on a new, very promising site in Redondo Beach area, near the Palawan wreck. A big Thanks goes to California’s #1 dive publication CaliforniaDiver.com for running the story! The ducks are getting lined up, acquired vessels, designated sink site has revealed all around A’s in analysis studies, to effect the beginnings of multiple ongoing artificial reef development. It’d be a good time to contact California Ships to Reefs and let them know you are interested in diving new artificial reefs in…
 
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  • So what can I expect to pay for annual regulator service?

    JJP161
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:22 pm
    I have unfortunately been on a hiatus from diving but plan on getting wet as soon as possible. I need to have my Aqualung 1st stage, 2nd stage Aqualung Legend, octo aqualung Titan and my computer serviced so what can I expect to pay? Or should I say what is a reasonable price at the LDS? One place quoted about $150 but that seems high, would love to have ScubaToys do it but don't think they don't service Aqualung. Thank you Joe
  • Looking for some advice on really easy diving fins - Post surgeries

    JJP161
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:42 pm
    I have had a number of injuries over the years so my knees, back, hips and neck have seen better days. I'm now 3 years post back fusion. With that said I'm looking for a set easy diving fins with minimal stress on the knees and joints. I basically dive quarries and reefs, occasionally a wreck or two, nothing advanced. No tek diving and no dry suit. I have a set Bio-Fins and I am really not a fan of the split fins so far. I'm not sure if it's just my perception but it seems like there is nothing on my feet and I'm not really moving anywhere with my Bio-Fins. I Was thinking about trying the…
  • Cozumel Palace

    bottomdweller
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Anyone have any experience staying at Cozumel Palace or diving with the onsite dive op Aqua safari? We are staying there for a week next month & some of the reviews I have read online about Aqua Safari make me think I might want to dive with another operator? It has been about five years since we last visited Cozumel so anything I should/must do while there? Any info would b great. Thanks Frank
  • Table Rock LAke Dive sites near Shell Knob

    navyhmc
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    I've got a weekend trip to TRL planned for August and will be staying around Shell Knob, any one know of any good sites around there? We will most likely have a boat so we can travel a bit.
  • Rehabing for diving

    mcr0112
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    After having both knees replaced & going thourgh PT I have started doing a fitness routine to build my leg muscles back to diving trim. I tired my fins the other day & could only swim maybe a 100 yards, not good. So I asked my twin, (Seal) for help. He says to use tyhe treadmill with a decent speed & incline to get me high stepping then go to the stair stepper and squats. I've been doing the treadmill & squats.Any other suggestions to get back in the water.
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  • A Queen Conch snail, giving us the eye

    BNS
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Eyes and proboscis of a Queen Conch (Strombus gigas)by B. N. SullivanConch shells, like all seashells, are created by secretions from the mantle of the snail that lives inside. This happens gradually, over the snail's lifetime.  Most people have seen empty Conch shells, yet few have seen the snails that are the natural inhabitants of those large, heavy shells.  Fewer still realize that those critters have wonderful stalked eyes. All of the snails in the family Strombidae, to which Conchs belong, have these stalked eyes.  If you come across a live Conch shell while diving, you…
  • Moon Jelly (Aurelia aurita)

    BNS
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Moon Jelly (Aurelia aurita)by B. N. SullivanThis week we commemorate the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing  (by Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969) with a photo of a Scyphozoan known as the Moon Jelly.  Jellies of the genus Aurelia are common in coastal waters worldwide, including the Arctic. In the photo you can see the four oral arms suspended from the body of the jelly, arranged around the critter's mouth.  Along the edge of the bell of the Moon Jelly are tiny hair-like tentacles -- not really visible in this photo.  Both the tentacles and the oral arms…
  • The Spiny Puffer's Message: You can't touch this!

    BNS
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Spiny Balloonfish (Diodon holocanthus)by B. N. SullivanYou can't touch this... and you definitely can't swallow it!That is the message that fishes in the Spiny Puffer family attempt to transmit to potential predators.  While other creatures defend themselves from predators by fleeing, or hiding, or with camouflage, members of this family (Diodontidae) inflate themselves.  In addition, evolution has armed these guys with another feature: rigid spines all over their bodies that are erected when the fish inflates. The Spiny Puffer's spines actually are like specialized scales. When the…
  • Blue Snowflake Coral (Sarcothelia edmonsoni), a Hawaiian endemic

    BNS
    5 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Blue Snowflake Coral (Sarcothelia edmonsoni), a Hawaiian endemic Octocoralby B. N. SullivanThe underwater landscape in Hawaii is not known for the presence of soft corals. There are hard, stony corals aplenty on Hawaiian reefs, but the sea plumes, colorful Nephtheid soft corals, and sea fans found on most other tropical reefs around the world are largely absent in Hawaii.The pretty blue Octocoral pictured above is one of relatively few soft coral species that live in Hawaiian waters.  Some soft corals in Hawaii are not seen by divers because they grow at depths beyond…
  • Fine perch for a sea turtle

    BNS
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Green Sea Turtle perched on the coral at Pulau Sipadan, Malaysiaby B. N. SullivanSea turtles have a knack for finding comfy resting places on the reef.  Earlier this year I posted a photo of a turtle who had plopped down on a bed of soft corals to take her rest.  Here we have another Green Sea Turtle, perched this time on a table coral that jutted out from a steep bank. We spotted this turtle at the outset of our dive, and as we passed by the same spot about an hour later on our way back to the boat, she was there again -- or still! -- surveying the scene.  She looked so comfy…
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  • Shark sightings good for business?

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    We always hear about "shark scares" in the media. In Western Australia, the government is conducting a highly controversial shark cull, mostly because of fear that sharks are bad for business.shark diving, swimming with sharks is fun, cage diving, bull sharksSo I was quite surprise to see this headline "Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism"The East Valley Tribune writes In "Jaws," the fictional mayor tried to protect the summer tourism season by keeping a lid on reports of the man-eater lurking offshore. As sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod in real life, however,…
  • Japanese Whaling Crew eaten by Killer Whales?

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Journalism standards, and I'm using the term "standards" very loosely, have pretty much disappeared in a lot of cases. Take today's headline on the "worldnewsdailyreport" which proclaimed "japanese whaling crew eaten alive by killer whales 16-dead"Now for those of you who don't know about the World News Daily Report, this is how they describe themselves."World News Daily Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within worldnewsdailyreport.com are fiction, and presumably…
  • What's the difference between a Great White and a Tiger Shark?

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Not only does shark week sensationalize sharks. Now in their effort to "educate" people, they ask this.I knew that the stripes can fade, but looking like a White Shark? Lets see, is this a tiger shark or a white shark below?What am I? Tiger or White Shark?How about this one?I'm having an identity crisis. What am I? Tiger or White Shark?Good job Discovery channel! I'm discovering more and more, that you are misinforming, instead of educating.For anyone that is not familiar with the different shark species and doesn't know the difference between a Tiger- and a White-Shark, here are a couple of…
  • "Sharknado" is real!

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    When the syfy channel aired "sharknado" last year, we all assumed that unlike  the Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives! "documentary" on the Discovery channel, it was meant to be a spoof. Well, we have been wrong.sourceJust before the release of "Sharknado 2", Tara Reid, in an interview with GQ magazine said:  "I mean, the chances of it happening are very rare, but it can happen actually. Which is crazy. Not that it – the chances of it are, like, you know, it's like probably 'pigs could fly'. Like, I don't think pigs could fly, but actually sharks could be stuck in tornados. There…
  • Who is going to be at Guadalupe?

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Our Great White Shark season is starting in a couple of weeks. This is going to be my 14th year, visiting Guadalupe Island and believe it or not, I'm getting more excited to go back each year. I just can't wait to see who's back. Is "Shredder" going to show up again, after missing the last 2 years?"Shredder" my favorite shark.How about "Horizon"? As you can see from the picture below, he's not the most careful shark in the world. I wonder, if he's related to "Shredder", they seem to have some very similar personalities. His dorsal is missing a nice chunk and parts of his tail have been bitten…
 
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  • Health Problems That Can Interfere with Diving

    Creedence Gerlach
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Before anyone decides to try SCUBA diving, there are certain health problems that should be considered. While some pre-existing health conditions are obviously dangerous, others may surprise you. It’s important to perform honest assessments of your health to prevent SCUBA diving health problems. This article highlights just a few of the health conditions one should be aware of when diving. Hyperthyroidism The main concern with having an overactive thyroid is the potential acceleration effect  that it may have on the heart rate. The ultimate negative outcome of hyperthyroidism when…
  • Marine Protected Area/Marine Reserve: What’s the Difference?

    Creedence Gerlach
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Those who enjoy outdoor pursuits on or in the water often encounter protective or restrictive language as to the activities that may or may not be permitted in various areas. Terms such as Marine Protected Area or Marine Reserve are increasingly imposed, and it can be helpful to know how they are different, when they overlap, and what they mean, before heading out for a day of adventure on the waves. This post will address those questions and shed some light on the terms. Marine Protected Areas Worldwide, these aquatic regions, both salt and fresh, are protected spaces where fishing or other…
  • The Daily Reel: July 28, 2014

    Creedence Gerlach
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Vancouver Aquarium Extends Debate About Captive Cetaceans World’s Oldest Manatee Turns 66 in Florida Diver Rescues Whale Shark Entangled in Fishing Net   Vancouver Aquarium Extends Debate About Captive Cetaceans BC’s Vancouver Aquarium is at the center of an ongoing debate on whether or not to continue their captive cetacean breeding program, forcing a meeting held by the Vancouver Park Board on Saturday to reconvene today due to an overwhelming response to the issue. The aquarium is facing the upcoming renewal of a bylaw that pertains to keeping cetaceans in captivity, and…
  • 3 Places You Can Dive with Wild Dolphins in the US

    Creedence Gerlach
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    Few things compare to the thrill of sighting a pod of wild dolphins during an open water dive, and the desire for this singular experience often leads to an interest in SCUBA diving in general. Beginner and experienced divers alike will be happy to learn of the many options in the US offering the opportunity to view or dive with wild dolphins. Divers should always keep in mind that dolphins and other marine life should be treated with respect, and the US Marine Mammal Protection Act was established with this in mind. The NOAA provides guidelines that local and national organizations strictly…
  • 5 Cool Seahorse Facts

    Creedence Gerlach
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Seahorses are among the most unique and interesting animals that can be found beneath the surface of the ocean. These tiny fish are mysterious to those who see them and want to know more about them. There are many incredible seahorse facts out there, but these are just a few of them. Seahorses need to eat constantly to survive. Since they have neither teeth nor stomachs, food passes through their small bodies very quickly, so they have to eat at least 30 meals per day. This amounts to 3,000 brine shrimp every single day for their entire lives. They also love to eat plankton. Despite living…
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  • Artificial Reefs: Environmental Solution or Problem  

    Guest Blogger
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Beth Alexander   Artificial reefs are not a new phenomenon or conservationist creation. They’ve been in use for thousands of years, with cultures as diverse as the ancient Persians, the Romans and the 17th-century Japanese creating artificial reefs. The earliest written record is from South Carolina in the 1830s, where logs were used to create an artificial reef for improved fishing. These antique ideas and creations have changed little over the years, with many of the primary principals remaining in use. An artificial reef can be defined as a manmade structure that’s been built…
  • 7 Endangered Marine Species

    Nadia Aly
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The forgotten endangered species are those beneath our waters. Marine life populations are disappearing at alarming rates due to mankind interference and it's up to us to save them. 7 Endangered Marine Species By Scuba Diver Life The forgotten endangered species are those beneath our waters. Marine life populations are disappearing at alarming rates due to mankind interference and it's up to us to save them. Sea Lions By Scuba Diver Life As the most common mammal in the Galápagos, sea lions are found in large colonies on rocks & sandy shores on the Islands. Climate change effects…
  • My Favorite Dive: Nassau, Bahamas

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    By C. David Conner The shock of what I was about to do hit when I noticed a dozen Caribbean reef sharks swimming slow circles around the boat, dorsal fins cutting the surface in eager anticipation of food. As I stood on the boat’s edge looking down, the words of the divemaster sprang to mind, “make your way down as quickly as possible.”  I hovered at the edge of the precipice, for the first time about to interact with a species that had haunted my nightmares since childhood. Around 50 feet below, the ocean floor was a mixture of rock and coral with clear patches of sand. The sharks…
  • My Favorite Dive: Bare Island, Sydney, Australia

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Dr. Klaus M. Stiefel Mention Australian diving destinations and most people will first think about the Great Barrier Reef in tropical Queensland. But don’t overlook the Sydney area, which also has some great, albeit lesser known, dive spots. One such spot is Bare Island, located on the north head of Botany Bay, just across from Captain Cook’s original landing spot. It’s a great dive, only about a 20-minute drive from the exotic food in Sydney’s Chinatown, the art galleries in Surry Hills and the pubs around Central Station. The island is connected to the mainland by a short, wooden…
  • Sharks and the Miracle of Virgin Birth

    Jessica Vyvyan-Robinson
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sharks have inhabited the world’s oceans for over 400 million years, and in that time they’ve developed some amazing evolutionary characteristics. From snouts studded with complex electro-receptors to skin made of tiny tooth-like structures, called dermal denticles, sharks are perfectly adapted to their environment. How a shark reproduces is one of the most interesting aspects of its biology. The precise mating and reproduction rituals of most shark species are still unknown, thanks to the difficulty of researching subjects dispersed across the vast expanse of the ocean. However, through…
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  • CNN the Sixties | the Space Race

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    While I'm not much of a television buff, I've been taken by CNN's 'The Sixties', particularly the recent release of Episode 7: the Space Race.Two elements were particularly captivating:1. The real 'race' in the effort with Russia, and the sense of American pride that was attached to various space program propaganda to drive public interest, and hence continued federal monies for support - naturally this was a huge investment.2. The initial images of our first baby steps in space remain deeply impactful, and are branded as iconic moments in US history.To consider that these small steps and…
  • see ya latah, alligatah

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Diving isn't always pristine coral reefs, calm seas, and a relaxing day at the beach. In fact, most days - for those of us living the life aquatic - it's anything but.From sewers to koi ponds, there are and forever will be the need for people to get down and dirty to unclog pipes, clean up filters, and turn a valve or two - and that is just scratching the surface. Those environments turn me on just about as much as deep trench because the art in those environments is a degree of composure, coupled with constant problem solving...its real innovation in action.One of the unfortunate realities…
  • big sharks in our backyard

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Last week we took a much needed family vacation to Cape Cod. Among the many day trips was a drive out to Chatham to walk the national seashore area adjacent to Chatham Light. In the distance - seals, and lots of them. No better chomping ground for big sharks that a colony of seals congregated along a skinny shoal. Unfortunately for we humans, the shark population along Cape Cod beaches has been seemingly on the rise over the last handful of years - or at least they are now going noticed. I've always thought that our knowledge of these populations is a function of time spent out there…
  • hitting the pavement with ocean education

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    While I've been out in the community a bit less than I usually am given a very demanding field schedule coupled with after work hours fatherhood, I figured it's never too early to start educating the little ones about the ocean - even from our very own backyard.So, as it seems, sidewalk chalk art is the medium of choice for at least 15 minutes of our short attention spans each day. The neighbors seem impressed with my creative side - I'll let you be the judge! What's important is that we don't lose sight of our very blue and far reaching horizons with blinders on from suburbia. It can be…
  • The Antikythera mechanism: Mk-II? | The Economist

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    The Antikythera mechanism: Mk-II? | The EconomistFor more from the author, visit oceanopportunity.com. Donate today to enable exploration and to keep related content coming!For more from the author, visit www.oceanopportunity.com.
 
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  • EUROTEK Tickets Now Available

    John Liang
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Tickets are now available for purchase to attend one of the world’s biggest biennial technical diving conferences. EUROTEK 2014 will be held at the International Convention Center in Birmingham, England from September 20-21: Just about every major name that’s anything to do with technical diving attends, and many experienced divers fly in from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Ecuador, Russia, Greece, Australia, Ireland, USA and South Africa to take part. This year’s conference will feature 40 talks by 30 speakers, along with 40 exhibitors…
  • New FitDiver Magazine Makes Its Debut

    John Liang
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    ScubaFit founder Gretchen Ashton has debuted FitDiver Magazine, a new quarterly publication that features workouts and exercises for people who participate in watersport activities and travel to dive destinations. The debut edition is available for free online. The special edition, “Training for Palau,” is found in the Water Sports and Fitness newsstand categories. Beginning with the next issue the quarterly publication will be available for a $19.95 annual subscription, $6.95 single copy purchase and on-demand hard copy printing. Further: FitDiver® Magazine features workouts…
  • Andrea Zuccari Breaks Italian No Limits National Record with 175m Dive

    Stephan Whelan
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Italian Freediver Andrea Zuccari has achieved a new National Italian record in No-Limits (NLT) by diving to 175m on Friday 25th in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.  Incredibly Zuccari used a normal freediving mask rather than a typical set of fluid googles and noseclip which makes him the deepest man ever to freedive with a mask. Organised by Apnea Academy Instructor Sergio Soria and overseen by AIDA judges Pim Vermuelen and Rodolfo Robatti the dive was smooth with a total dive time of 3min 13sec. Talking after his record Zuccari said “This result worth double for me as it is not only the…
  • [VIDEO] Freediving the Arch at the Dahab Blue Hole

    Stephan Whelan
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week’s video is an old favourite from back in 2007.  World Champion Freediver William Trubridge freedives the arch at 55m in the Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt. Got a great video to share? Feel free to contact us. What is Video of the Week? Our aim is to showcase one video every week that shows off the best (or just plain interesting) about Freediving, Scuba Diving or Spearfishing.
  • TUSA Unveils Latest Crestline BCD

    John Liang
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    TUSA recently announced the release of its newest buoyancy compensator, the Crestline BC-0601. Versatile and lightweight, the BC-0601 is designed for travel and recreational use. The BC-0601 is made from 500D Cordura® material, making it tough and abrasion-resistant. Utilizing a wraparound jacket design, this BC is perfect for divers of all skill levels. The BC-0601 is also equipped with TUSA‘s durable-tilt valve power inflator and O.P.E.V. dump valve. The Crestline BC is IR-3 compatible, convenient for many divers who travel frequently. The adjustable sternum strap sports a safety…
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  • Which Hose Do I Need?

    Mark E Newman
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Replacing old hoses on your regulator can feel like a minefield with all of the different size threads available.  This blog will help you understand the different threads used on SCUBA regulators today.  At the bottom I have compiled a list of first stages to try and help you choose which threads you need when replacing old ones. Regulator manufacturers use different sized screw threads when connecting all of the hoses to their first stages so that nobody can accidentally attach a low pressure hose to a high pressure port and damage their regulators.  As many regulator parts are made…
  • Where Should I Mount My Dive Knife?

    Mark E Newman
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    As with a lot of things, a dive knife is something I’d rather have and not need opposed to need and not have. Though as an advanced diver and Instructor I’d rather have two, in case I can’t reach one or lose one – but where to keep them? SCUBA equipment manufacturers offer a huge range of dive knives with different attachment options, but which would be suited for your way of diving? Most commonly found on the market, are the leg mounted knives which attach to your lower leg above your ankle and can be a nice place to keep your knife out of the way.  However sometimes…
  • Changes to the Law and Marine Salvage

    Mark E Newman
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    With recent changes to the legislation on marine salvage, picking something up off the bottom can find you facing a fine of up to £50,000. Until recently British divers could recover artefacts off the sea bed, report the findings to the receiver of the wreck and contribute to the location of previously unknown or undesignated wrecks.  Now under clarified guidelines divers who discover an item they want to bring to the surface have to adhere to the following guidelines; if the object has been under water for longer than twelve months or over 100kg you will have to surface, record the…
  • The Great Swim to Save Sharks : Mission Complete!

    Leanne
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:31 am
    Whilst the mission to save sharks is one that is still sadly ongoing, you may remember a little while back we told you the story of Gene Girardeau who would be attempting an open water swim of around 43km from the island of Koh Phangan to Koh Tao in order to raise money for Project Aware’s Finathon. We recently heard the great news that Gene has completed the swim and has raised over $5,700 for the charity. The swim took 36 hours and 23 minutes,  non-stop! Starting at around 2am in the morning and beginning the swim in the dark, Gene was unable to touch the boat at any point and had…
  • Anglesey ScubaFest 16th-17th August

    Leanne
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:53 am
    Whether you missed the Cornwall ScubaFest back in May or you just can’t get enough of Scuba themed festivities, the Anglesey ScubaFest coming up in August! Held over the weekend of the 15th, 16th and 17th of August, The Anglesey ScubaFest is the perfect opportunity for divers, along with their friends and families to come and enjoy an array of scuba related activities. It’s also perfect for those who are new to diving as there are plenty of chances to find out more and learn about diving as well as giving it a try! Alongside unlimited shore diving, there will be exhibitions by top…
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  • BEST WATCH EVER – Seiko Shogun SBDC007

    Best Dive Watch
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    The Seiko Shogun BEST WATCH REVIEWS: Watch this great video for a review on the Seiko SBDC007 Dive Watch SEIKO PROSPEX Diver Scuba Watch Model SBDC007 5 STAR REVIEWS ON AMAZON!! Seiko Japan 44mm×46mm 200 M Manual English Japanese Made in Japan Waterproof: 200 m, Material Glass: Curved Hardlex, Type Clasp Band: Extenders push divers, Purity of the metal stamping: Titanium, Case Material: Titanium, Case Thickness: 1.33 cm, Band Material Types: Titanium, Bandwidth: 21 mm, Movement: Automatic (with manual winding) The post BEST WATCH EVER – Seiko Shogun SBDC007 appeared first on BEST DIVE…
  • Affordable Dive Watch Orient Black Mako

    Best Dive Watch
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Orient Men’s CEM65001B “Black Mako” Automatic Dive Watch Now Only $130 with Free Shipping! Orient Caliber 46943 21 Jewels Self-Winding Automatic Movement, Oscillation Frequency: 21,600 oscillations per hour (6 beats per sec) Stainless Steel Case and Band, Push Button Fold Over Deployment Clasp with Safety Lock Feature Mineral Crystal, Day/Date Display, Luminous Hands and Markers, Uni-Directional Rotating Bezel Case Size: 44.5mm Diameter, 13.3mm Thickness Water Resistant – 200M, Screwed Down Crown, Solid Caseback The post Affordable Dive Watch Orient Black Mako appeared…
  • Scuba Diving Lights / Why You Need One!

    Best Dive Watch
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Why Utilize A Dive Light? If you are diving in conditions with inadequate visibility it will be dark under the water. A diving light will certainly aid you to see and be viewed. If you are going to explore inside a shipwreck, a light, plus a spare, is crucial. If you are diving after dark, a light and also a stand-by safely affixed off in a pocket should be part of your equipment. However, you do not need to lug a truly brilliant light for either of those purposes. You’ll be amazed to learn that an effective light will certainly aid you in enjoying a daylight dive on an exotic reef in…
  • Luxury Dive Watches

    Best Dive Watch
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Best Luxury Dive Watches   Here is a list of dive watches that are getting best reviews from customers on Amazon.  These scuba watches over $1000 combine functionality, style, and luxury! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________     TAG Heuer Women's WAF1412.BA0823 "Aquaracer" Stainless Steel Dive Watch Rating:  Amazon Price: $1,700.00 $1,129.09 You save: $570.91 (34%) (as of July 30, 2014 3:57 pm - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are…
  • Best Dive Watches Under 1000

    Best Dive Watch
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Best Dive Watches Under $1000 Here is a list of dive watches that are getting best reviews from customers on Amazon.  These scuba watches under $1000 combine functionality, style, and luxury! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Citizen Men's BJ2145-06E Eco-Drive Promaster Carbon Rubber Strap Metric Dive Watch Rating:  Amazon Price: $695.00 $521.25 You save: $173.75 (25%) (as of July 30, 2014 3:59 pm - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to…
 
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  • 7 Things More Likely To Happen To You Than A Shark Attack

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Scared of sharks? Don’t be! The odds of getting attacked by these amazing creatures is incredibly low,  less than 1 in 11.5 million. Worldwide statistics show there are generally less than 65 attacks a year, most of which are nonfatal. To put these numbers into perspective and calm your nerves we have decided to compile 7 things that are far more likely to happen to you than a shark attack. 1. Become a US President, 1 in 10 million Congratulation on your election Mr. (or Mrs.) President! Widely considered the most powerful position in America, you are much more likely to sit in the…
  • Selecting a Dive Charter

    24 Jun 2014 | 8:14 am
    When getting ready to go on a dive charter, the first thing that may come to mind is the movie “Open Water”. Now that's not the type of situation that you want to find yourself in. For those of you that haven’t seen the movie and you’re planning to go on a dive holiday, don’t. I’ll give you a quick rundown here so it doesn't put you off your holiday. Couple joins a dive charter. Couple has a great time diving the Great Barrier Reef. Couple surfaces to find that their charter boat has left. Couple are never seen again. Apparently, the genius that was…
  • Diving The RMS Rhone

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:20 am
    The wreck of the RMS Rhone is world famous, and well worth a visit. It lies in the Marine National Park of the British Virgin Islands, and includes some exotic sounding sites including Dead Chest Island, Rhone Reef, Blonde Rock, and Painted Walls. This was the location where some scenes of the movie “The Deep” starring Jacqueline Bisset and Nick Nolte were shot. This “unsinkable” ship split in 2 during a hurricane when cold seawater washed over the hot boilers causing a massive explosion. The stern settled in water 35 feet deep, while the bow lies in water about 80…
  • Seven Incredible Dive Destinations for Underwater Photography

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    Seven Incredible Dive Destinations for Underwater Photography Photos preserve experiences and memories that we continue to cherish throughout our lifetime. Needless to say, some of the most captivating and interesting visuals are found underwater. While planning your next underwater excursion, consider choosing dive sites that offer interesting and unique photo opportunities as well as a breath-taking dive experience.   Truk (or Chuuk) Lagoon, Micronesia This lagoon was once home to a World War II Japanese naval base. In 1944, many warships, merchant ships and aircrafts sank during…
  • Scuba Diving On A Cruise

    4 Jun 2014 | 12:42 pm
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