Australian Researchers Discover Why Whales Breach

Researchers studying humpback whales in Queensland, Australia have discovered that whales breach to communicate with other pods of whales, up to 2.5 miles (4 km) away. The journal Marine Mammal Science published their findings in November 2016. Researchers studied the whales’ surface behaviors as part of the Behavioral Response of Australian Humpback Whales to Seismic Surveys…

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Choosing a BCD: Jacket or Wing

As a casual recreational diver, chances are you’re using a jacket-style BCD. At some point, though, you’ll likely see divers wearing wing-style BCDs. What’s the difference, and is one better than the other? Here’s a rundown of both so you can make an informed selection when it comes to choosing a BCD. Jacket-style BCDs By…

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Top Scuba Diving Destinations: Marine Sanctuaries & Hope Spots

When planning your next dive trip, set a course for a marine sanctuary or Hope Spot. These ecologically-diverse areas are known for unusual critters, animal migrations, or other features that warrant special protection. By visiting these areas, you’re investing in both local conservation efforts and exceptional diving memories. Marine Sanctuaries […] The post Top Scuba…

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NOAA’s Ocean Guardian Dive Club

If your kids are new divers and interested in ocean conservation, NOAA’s Ocean Guardian Dive Club offers a fun (and educational way) to teach them how to make a difference when it comes to the environment. Read on to find out about NOAA’s Ocean Guardian Dive Club and what your youngest dive buddy will learn….

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All the Best of Wakatobi

In the very southeastern region of Sulawesi, between the Banda and Flores Seas, sits a small group of islands known as the Tukangbesi Islands. Jacques Cousteau dove the region first, which he christened an “underwater Nirvana.” Today, these islands are known as Wakatobi. Wakatobi Dive Resort has more than 43 documented dive sites. I have visited…

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Top Newbie Diver Mistakes

As a wide-eyed newbie diver, I quickly became addicted to diving. While I definitely had a lot of fun, there are few things I wish I’d known. Here are some top tips for any newbie diver who doesn’t want to struggle like many of us do at the beginning of our diving careers. Invest in…

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Choosing a Compact Camera or DSLR for Underwater Photography

Most underwater photographers begin with a compact camera, often moving on to a DSLR. Changing your rig will require a significant investment of time and money, so if you’re just starting out or ready to make the leap, here’s what you need to know about shooting with either a compact camera or a DSLR. Shooting…

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Scuba Diving the MS Zenobia

Built in 1979, the Swedish-built MS Zenobia ferry sank just a year later on its maiden voyage. Today, it makes for a fantastic wreck dive. The Zen, as the wreck is affectionately known, now rests on its port side in around 138 feet (42 m) of water near Larnaca, Cyprus. What happened to the MS…

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