Hurricane Help Needed

How to HELP victims of Hurricanes

The catastrophic rampages of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria have left many displaced and in need.

Hurricane Harvey caused unprecedented severe flooding in Houston and other areas in Texas, damaging thousands of homes and communities.

Hurricane Irma caused similar devastation in Florida and in the Caribbean.

Hurricane Maria reports are not fully in, but the damage to Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean may be unprecendented

If you would like to help those affected by the hurricanes, here’s what you should keep in mind.

Pack Your Bags - Scuba Diving Papua New Guinea (PNG)

The waters of Papua New Guinea possess some of the best dive spots in the world. About twice the amount of fish species as compared to the Red Sea, and roughly ten times as many species of corals are found here compared to the Caribbean, have a stunning array of species just waiting to be discovered. In terms of culture it is equally rich, with hundreds of indigenous, traditional communities & around 800 distinct languages. Many of these communities have little or no contact with the outside world.

Diving in Papua New Guinea is available year-round through Resorts, dive centers and live-aboard, all offer year-round dive opportunities. With barrier reefs, coral walls, fringing reefs and sea grass beds – along with spectacular World War II wrecks. Diving Papua New Guinea reveals treats around every corner.

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Inside a ‘Fish Tornado’

To illustrate the sheer size of the school of fish, Peschak photographed his assistant Steve Benjamin about 80-90 feet down. "People understand scale in relation to a human form," he says. 
PHOTOGRAPH BY THOMAS P. PESCHAK

The waters of Cabo Pulmo, Mexico, teem with life—a reminder of what the oceans were like a century ago.

Most of the time, we compare the state of our oceans to years past, when fish were more abundant and marine life was healthier. Cabo Pulmo in Baja California is different—many marine biologists consider this to be the most successful marine reserve in the world. Working here was a unique opportunity to provide visual proof of the wonderful and incredible things that can happen if you protect a part of the ocean. The ocean has the amazing ability to recover if we introduce the right legislation and we engage in the right restoration efforts.

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Hammerhead Are Amazing

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to see & even more so when schooling.

This shark’s name comes from the unusual shape of its head, an amazing piece of anatomy built to maximize the fish’s ability to find its favorite meal: stingrays.

A hammerhead shark uses its wide head to trap stingrays by pinning them to the seafloor. The shark’s eye placement, on each end of its very wide head, allows it to scan more area more quickly than other sharks can. The hammerhead shark also has special sensors across its head that helps it scan for food in the ocean..

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Pets During Disasters

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How To Save Your Pets Life During a Natural Disaster

Dr. Brian Beale of Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists gives tips on how to keep your pets safe from natural disasters.

To help keep your pets safe, follow these 5 guidelines:
1. Microchip and register your pets
2. Have collars with the pet’s name, owner’s name, address, and phone number
3. Keep photos of your pets
4. Note any distinguishing marks
5. Keep complete medical records

Filming The Fastest Shark

This juvenile mako “came in hot,” says Skerry, and destroyed part of his camera’s housing. Though makos rarely attack humans, the human threat to the sharks is substantial. In 2007 they were classified as vulnerable because of overfishing.

“Torpedos with Teeth” Is how photographer Brian Skerry describes the Shortfin Mako.  

When Skerry set out to photograph this story on mako sharks, his ultimate goal was to produce a video of a mako shark biting prey—in slow motion. The biggest challenge was devising a plan on how exactly to capture that footage, because the equipment he’d need didn’t actually exist. With help from the imaging experts at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, Skerry and his team designed a camera with a one-of-a-kind housing that would allow it to be towed behind a boat.

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Grand Palace Closed

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Travelers Be Advised

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand Will Be Closed 1 – 29 October, 2017.

Reopens 30 October 2017

The Royal Cremation Ceremony for the former King, Bumibhol Adulyadej (Rama IX), will take place from 23-29 October. The ceremony is a very important event for the Thai people, and we expect significant traffic around the Grand Palace during this time.

 

Bali Volcano Warning

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Increased to Highest Level.

Nearly 50,000 people have fled the Mount Agung volcano from their homes as dozens of tremors signal the likely eruption of Mount Agung.

The status of Mount Agung has been elevated to the highest level, Level IV (Watchout). The evacuation radius has been increased to 9km from the peak.  Government and local crisis teams continue to evacuate people to safe zones in anticipation of a potential eruption.

Bali’s airport (DPS) is located in  southern Bali, about 80km from the slope of Mount Agung, and Candidasa – the tourist resort area in East Bali – is about 25km south of the Volcano. FULL STORY

Non Diving Friends & Family? Show Them This Video

Don’t Be A Beach Bum!
Go Dive Now‘s latest video, “Don’t Be a Beach Bum,” encourages Non-Divers to live life beyond their social media feed. It promotes scuba diving as a great way to connect with friends and see some amazing things underwater. And for those active social media users, it also allows for some great photos to share on social media!

Free Airfare to Mexico

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On select 2017 Quino El Guardian Live-Aboard Dive Trips get FREE AIRFARE of $300 per person!

SEA OF CORTEZ/MIDRIFF ISLANDS
So incredibly remote yet easy to get to with it’s abundant life, playful sea lions and whale sharks in Playa de Los Angeles

SOUTHERN SAFARI
Unique itineraries including schools of mobula rays, sea lion colonies, giant schools of fish and more

SOCORRO ISLANDS
Over seven species of sharks, giant Manta Rays, schools of jacks, inquisitive dolphins, humpback whales and whale sharks

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Gotta Love the Frogfish

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Divers can’t help not loving Frogfish. Even though some might call them ugly, weird or grumpy they come in so many colors and variations they are just fascinating creatures.

The Frogfish is a master of disguise and full of surprises. From their adaptive colors, shapes and elasticity, to their hunting equipment and mobility, these ambush predators have over 45 species ranging from 1/8 inch to 22 inches in size. They’re often seen perched or hanging from corals and sponges at various angles while they wait for prey.

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Incredible Thresher Shark Video by Alan Burness

It might be a 4am wakeup call but this is a must do dive if staying on Malapascua Island in the Philippines. It is more than worth it to see these beautiful Thresher Sharks in all their glory. The early morning dive is the best time to see these unique looking sharks as they swim up from the depths at dawn to visit cleaning stations at about 100ft (30m). Due to the depth of the dive the dive companies require advanced or deep dive certifications to take part. These can easily be obtained on the Island. Sightings are not guaranteed but frequent, I was incredibly lucky with this perfect moment.

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Photo Gear & Flying

This $11,000 Camera Lens Shows Why You Don’t Check In Gear When Flying.

If you’re flying with camera equipment, bring the gear onto the plane in a carry-on bag with you if at all possible. This $11,000 Leica lens shows what can happen if you entrust your pricey equipment to the hold inside checked baggage

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Meet The Dumbo Octopus

The “Dumbo Octopus” is purportedly named after Walt Disney’s famous character “Dumbo” the elephant because of it’s ear-like fins.  These interesting animals can be found in all oceans of the world. They can be rarely seen because they are living on the bottom of the sea on a depth ranging from 1,300 to 23,000 feet. Other species of octopi live in shallower waters.

Interesting Dumbo Octopus Facts:

U.S. Postal Sharks Stamps

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The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the wonder of sharks by issuing the Sharks Forever stamps featuring five species that inhabit American waters — the mako, thresher, great white, hammerhead and whale sharks. 

Each realistic stamp image is labeled by species: “MAKO SHARK,” “THRESHER SHARK,” “GREAT WHITE SHARK,” “WHALE SHARK,” and “HAMMERHEAD SHARK.” Styled in lowercase letters, the words “usa forever” also appear on each stamp.

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