Fun Jellyfish Facts

Jellyfish Berenice

Some jellyfish are bigger than a human and others are as small as a pinhead? … people in some countries eat jellyfish? … that jellyfish have been on Earth for millions of years, even before Dinosaurs

What is a jellyfish?

The word jellyfish is a common term used to describe animals that are gelatinous or made up of ‘jelly-like’ material. There are many different types of jellyfish, including stinging kinds called medusae and non-stinging kinds called comb jellies or ctenophores. Another type of jelly animal called a salp is even in the same group as humans!

Jellyfish and jelly-like sea creatures come in an immensely diverse range of forms.

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Pack Your Bags - Dominica

A beautiful Caribbean island with great diving & the best hiking in the region.

Dominica is beauty unspoiled. Culture preserved. A diver’s dream and hiker’s paradise. The trailhead to adventure and discovery, unlike any other Caribbean destination. Dominica boasts volcanic peaks, the second largest lake of  boiling water and underwater champagne springs. Sparkling waterfalls, rushing streams and rainforest canopies. Dominica is a celebration of music, art and flowers. It is nature’s island. The diving off Dominica is as rich and varied as its topside attractions.

In Dominica, every trail across the island leads you to discover nature’s pristine environment with a touch of adventure.

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Packing For A Dive Trip

Packing for a Dive Trip has special considerations from other trips.

Before you get on that plane that takes you to an exciting destination, you must first think about how you should pack your dive gear for the flight.

Tip #1  Always pack your expensive dive equipment and accessories in your carry-on luggage

Tip #2 Carry any prescriptions with you in a carry-on bag

Tip #3 Make sure you lock your baggage with a TSA approved lock. This will prevent anyone from removing items out of your dive bags.

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Biggest Gathering of Whale Sharks

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TO SEE A single whale shark — the world’s largest fish, a solitary behemoth that can grow to school-bus size — is a rare experience.

Seeing hundreds gathered in one place is unprecedented.  The so-called Afuera gathering, described April 29 in Public Library of Science One, took place in August 2009 off the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula,

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The 20 Best Airlines

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Qatar Airways has been named the best airline in the world for 2017 by the leading consumer-aviation website Skytrax.

Overall, airlines from Asia dominate the elite end of Skytrax’s rankings — taking nine of the top 10 spots. At the same time, no US airline cracked the top 30. Delta got the closest to the top with a 32nd place finish.

Here are the 20 best airlines in the world, according to the results of the Skytrax survey:

Take Great UW Photos

Brian Skerry - Spotted Dolphins ( Stenella frontalis) in the Bahamas.

Tips from the Pros

Seems like everyone’s a halfway decent photographer these days thanks to better gear, flashy phones and clever digital filters. When it comes to underwater photography, though, few people have what it takes. Perfect sub-aquatic images involve a new level of skills, like framing a shot while maintaining buoyancy and not getting eaten by predators.

So where to start?

Seahorse Festival – Roatan

CoCo View Resort, located on the edge of the reef

A celebration of marine life diversity. Oct.28-Dec.1, 2017.

Along with our usual great week of diving/snorkeling you can enjoy

FREE activities during your vacation at Coco View Resort, Roatan Honduras

REEF Fish ID Expert Patti Chandler and UW Videographer Scott Chandler host this month-long fun & educational event.

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Pristine Seas

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 This book features a dazzling array of photographs that capture the beauty of the water and the stunning sea creatures that are in it. A beautiful reminder of what we have to gain by protecting our seas.   They are the last pristine seas.

From the shark-rich waters surrounding Coco Island, Costa Rica, to the iceberg-studded sea off Franz Josef Land, Russia, this incredible photographic collection showcases the thriving marine ecosystems that Nat Geo Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is working to protect.  Join him on an unforgettable journey to ten of these astounding locations.

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Philippines

Located in the middle of Sulu Sea, UNESCO declared the Tubbataha Reefs National Park as a World Heritage Site as a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species; the North Islet serving as a nesting site for birds and marine turtles.

The site is an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100-m perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands. In 1999, Ramsar listed Tubbataha as one of the Wetlands of International Importance. In 2008, the reef was nominated at the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

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Explorer, Eco-Warrior, Spy:

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The rest of us think we know this old man of the sea because, of course, we grew up with him.  From countless hours of television we’ve learned his accent and the cadences of his speech and, in a general sort of way, we know how he changed the world. Can you remember a time when there were no scuba divers? When our vision of the ocean went no deeper than the keel of a glass-bottom boat? That’s the way it was before Cousteau. He invented the Aqua-Lung. He used it to explore oceans, rivers, caves in every corner the planet. And in the 50 years since World War II his films, which always featured his face and his voice, had two remarkable effects…

The Battles of Cousteau

 

Predator VS Prey – Brittle stars snare a squid in rare footage

While exploring an underwater ridge in the South Pacific, a team of researchers aboard Okeanos Explorer, a research vessel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), witnessed one really cool invertebrate battle recently.

The clash between a free-swimming squid and a group of brittle stars was captured during a dive off the coast of Jarvis, an uninhabited coral island about halfway between Hawaii and the Cook Islands. This kind of interaction is so rarely seen that it’s been filmed only once before.

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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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The Pygmy Seahorse

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Masters of Camouflage

Photo by Richard Smith at WAKATOBI Dive Resort  

Tiny and delicate, pygmy seahorses survive by attaching to vibrant corals where they become nearly invisible to both predators and researchers

Since they are so tiny and the color and shape of this seahorse nearly perfectly matches the corals on which it lives they blend so well with the surroundings, they are hard to find without the aid of an expert guides eyes.

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Underwater World through Mr. Bill Sarro's Lens

Mr. Bill Sarro has over 39 years diving experience, he progressed through Scuba Schools International’s instructor levels to Instructor Trainer and Evaluator, and is therefore qualified to evaluate and train diving instructors on correct protocols and safety procedures. Mr. Sarro’s extensive experience training and verifying divers, diving procedures, and dive equipment is a valuable addition to audit teams. Bill’s dive travel experience includes Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean , Quarries, Micronesia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Mexico, St. Vincent..etc and still adding.

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