Marine Species: Whale Shark

The whale shark is one of the most iconic animals in the ocean. Easily recognizable, they’re on most divers’ bucket lists but mentioning them begs the question: are they whales or sharks? What is a whale shark? Let’s answer this one straight away: it is a shark. Not just any shark, but the biggest fish…

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Protecting the Coral Triangle with Mission Blue

For divers, the fact that the Coral Triangle holds 75% of the world’s coral species should be enough to fall absolutely in love with this ‘Amazon of the Seas’. And when we say that nearly 90% of those reefs are threatened, we should have your full attention. Mission Blue is […] The post Protecting the…

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New Sea Dragon 2300 Auto Photo-Video-Dive Light

  Lighting is everything in underwater photography, and SeaLife continues to up its game in that realm. The company recently introduced the new Sea Dragon 2300 Auto Photo-Video-Dive light, featuring 2300 true lumens of brightness and an ideal color temperature ranging between 5000k and 6000k. The light also features a wide 100-degree beam angle. The…

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Best Dive Sites in Sipadan and Mabul

Sipadan Island and nearby Mabul are legendary among divers. Off Malaysian Borneo, these islands offer visibility of at least 60 feet (18 m), year-round water temperatures of between 82-86 F (28-30 C) and calm conditions, making most of the best sites accessible to divers of all skill levels. It’s also near-impossible to get lost. Most…

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Protecting Clipperton Island – The Most Remote Atoll on the Planet

  PADI AmbassaDiver Michel Labrecque and partner Julie Ouimet are on a mission to protect the most isolated atoll on the planet- Clipperton Island. Though this French overseas territory is now considered a marine protected area, it still faces threats from overfishing, with sharks and other large marine life nearly […] The post Protecting Clipperton…

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Diving Fundamentals: Underwater Navigation Techniques

During introductory dive training, your instructor will introduce underwater navigation techniques. Typically, you’ll learn basic compass use and how to navigate a standard out-and-back reciprocal course. Many divers stop learning there, happy to follow the divemaster, instructor or guide on subsequent dives. However, there are many good reasons to nurture your underwater navigation techniques and…

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NOAA Marine Sanctuary Shipwrecks: the Dixie Arrow

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are beautiful and treacherous. Hidden shoals and dangerous currents have sunk thousands of vessels and claimed countless mariners throughout the centuries. These tragedies have earned the area the nickname “the Graveyard of the Atlantic.” During World War II, war raged off the coast of North Carolina. The Battle of the Atlantic,…

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The Effect of Finding Dory on the Marine Environment

The Finding Nemo and Finding Dory films offered memorable moments, such as the endearing line, “just keep swimming.” The movies, although animated, also introduced many viewers to a few of the numerous species that inhabit the ocean. The films also included messages about environmental conservation and the importance of healthy reef systems. Unfortunately, it also…

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8 Surprising Facts About Dolphins

In honor of Dolphin Day, here are some of our favorite facts about dolphins. By the end of this article you will appreciate these amazing creatures even more! Dolphins have no sense of smell Dolphins are well-known for their extraordinary hearing, but did you know: they have no sense of […] The post 8 Surprising…

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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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