The Billion Oyster Project

One of the most biologically productive, diverse and dynamic environments on the planet was a natural harbor with 220,000 acres of oyster reefs forming its base, along with thousands of associated species. Some biologists think that half of the world’s oysters lived within this pristine estuary. And when healthy, it sustained local human populations for…

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Marine Species: Sicklefin Devil Ray

 The sicklefin devil ray is one of the lesser-known mobula species. Where can you see these rays on a dive? What is a devil ray? One of the lesser-known mobula species, the sicklefin devil ray, also known as the Chilean devil ray or spiny mobula, can reach a disc width of up to 12 feet…

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Macro Photography in Utila Part I

Utila, one of the Bay Islands in Honduras, offers fantastic diving, welcoming people, diverse culture and amazing natural beauty. It’s also a great place to hone, or even begin to develop, your macro photography skills. Best of all, you needn’t be a skilled photographer to start practicing macro photography in this island paradise.  Brad Ryon,…

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The Yonaguni Monument: Is it the Lost City of Atlantis?

In the early 1980s, a young diver named Kihachiro Aratake was scouting for dive sites on the remote Japanese island of Yonaguni. That’s when he discovered something underwater that took his breath away. He described it as an “underwater Machu Picchu.” But, is the now-called Yonaguni Monument in fact closer to the lost city of…

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Five Top Spots for Ice Diving

 With winter upon us, many divers are planning for a tropical dive vacation to get away from the chilly weather. Instead, why not take advantage of the colder weather and explore the possibilities of ice diving? Simply the phrase “ice diving” sends shivers down many divers’ spines. But this unique habitat means you can spot…

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Hurricane Irma Changes the Seascape in the Florida Keys

Divers returning to the Florida Keys will notice changes to the seascape following the tremendously strong waves and surge of Hurricane Irma. The Category 4 storm struck on September 10. The powerful storm sheared sponges, broke fragile corals, fractured the reef, and littered the sensitive environment with fishing traps, lines, nets and boat and household…

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It Happened to Me: Decompression Sickness / The Bends

  The scenarios below are based on real-life diving incidents documented by Divers Alert Network (DAN). Diver Experiences Leg Issues After Suspected Spinal Cord DCI After surfacing from an 80 foot (24 meter) dive, a diver experienced nausea and pain between her shoulder blades. It was her first dive of […] The post It Happened…

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Gear Review: Paralenz Dive Camera

There are lots of options when it comes to underwater photography and the Paralenz Dive Camera is a new player on the market. This small camera is tough, takes both pictures and video, doesn’t require color filters, and is easy to use.  It has a built-in pressure sensor that autocorrects the color according to your…

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