Azure Window Collapses in Malta

Last week, Malta’s iconic Azure Window succumbed to a strong storm off the coast of the island of Gozo. The natural rock formation and arch was subject to erosion, and collapse was inevitable, according to a commissioned study. But it came far sooner than expected. The 2013 study stated it would “likely survive for decades…

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Visit the PADI Booth (#503) at Beneath the Sea 2017

Join PADI staff at Beneath the Sea in Secaucus, New Jersey, 24-26 March 2017. This year’s show promises to be an exciting weekend featuring informative seminars and workshops, contests, exhibits and a weekend film festival! At the show, learn about the latest in underwater photography and wreck diving or explore […] The post Visit the…

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NOAA Marine Reserve Shipwrecks: the Hannah M. Bell

National marine sanctuaries protect some of the most spectacular ocean and Great Lakes resources in the United States, including historic shipwrecks. These NOAA marine reserve shipwrecks serve as living museums: they are places to explore, discover, and appreciate our country’s maritime cultural heritage. And many of them, like Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Hannah M….

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Former Pearl Harbor Ship Becomes a New BVI Dive Site

The Kodiak Queen, formerly U.S. Navy barge YO-44, is becoming a new BVI dive site. Sponsoring the endeavor is Project YoKo BVI Art Reef, a collaboration between Sir Richard Branson and other BVI stakeholders. The Kodiak Queen is being sunk off the coast of Virgin Gorda in March. Uniquely, the ship will be wrapped in a giant…

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Galapagos Evolution – Coexisting Below the Surface

In this lifetime, can we learn to co-exist with nature before we destroy it? According to one team of marine wildlife ambassadors, the answer is yes.   And that’s where the Galapagos Evolution comes in. The expedition, lead by Ecuadorian Marine Wildlife videographer, Roberto Ochoa, and written and narrated by Pierre-Yves Cousteau, […] The post Galapagos Evolution…

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Scuba Diving the Monte da Guia Marine Reserve

Save for the clusters of blue, red and green hydrangeas that decorate the island’s roadsides, the Azorean island of Faial specializes in a barren and harsh beauty. The black-ash landscape of Capelinhos volcano, as well as the caldera at the island’s summit, are stark reminders of the island’s volatile and recent volcanic history. The difference…

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Constant Weight Freediving Depth Comparison

When talking about depth, sometimes it’s hard to put distances into perspective. We all know 40m is deep, but how deep? That’s why we’ve created this Constant Weight Freediving Depth Comparison Chart. We’ve taken 5 famous man-made structures to show you just how far our bodies are able to take us […] The post Constant Weight…

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Night Diving With Kids

My husband loves night dives, so it’s no surprise that our son, Joseph, wanted to go night diving right away. But night diving with kids offers unique challenges for parents. Consider these factors and additional risks before taking your child on a night dive. Conditions Conditions should be ideal, especially for a new or young…

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7 Species of Sharks You Should Get to Know

Over-fishing is driving sharks to the brink of extinction. In fact, many populations have seen a decline of up to 80%. Healthy oceans depend on healthy shark populations because they keep the marine food change in balance. Sharks grow slowly and produce few young – meaning they are incredibly vulnerable. The […] The post 7 Species…

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