Take Great UW Photos

Brian Skerry - Soft Corals called sea pens, usually found in deeper waters, and a blue code, appear in shallow waters in New Zealand's Long Sound reserve, where tannin-stained surface water blocks sunlight

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?

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7 Brilliant Inventions

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That Changed How We Travel

Discover the surprising histories behind the every day objects that transformed travel forever.

Many staples of modern journeys have storied histories. Whether commissioned from the U.S. Department of Defense or Steve Jobs’s brain trust, they’ve enabled the mass migration of people around the globe, democratizing travel and making it faster.

From the Ipad to the ATM   Here are seven to appreciate.

6 Fascinating Creatures

Deep-sea corals thrive at depths of thousands of feet, and some grow hundreds of feet tall. Scientists are still discovering more coral species in the Gulf of Mexico, such as this gorgonian species, Iridogorgia.
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Highlight Wonders of the Sea

THESE UNIQUE ANIMALS SHOW THE NEED TO PROTECT OUR OCEAN

Even with the dizzying pace of mankind’s technological advances, much of the sea and many creatures that live there remain mysterious. Scientists continue to discover new species and gather clues on the curious behavior of marine life throughout the global ocean.

Pink Photo Competition

THINK PINK PHOTO COMPETITION

The name of the game is PINK.  We want to see your best images featuring pink, from the color of your subject to a flash in the background, from the lightest blush to the deepest fuchsia.  Wide angle, macro, marine life, divers – anything goes!  Photos may have been taken anywhere, anytime.

100% of the proceeds from this effort will be used to support the fight against breast cancer.

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The Pygmy Seahorse

Pygmy seahorses

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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Puffer Fish Creates This Blue Water Art

The amazing little puffer fish capable of creating elaborately designed ‘crop circles’ at the bottom of the ocean as part of an elaborate mating ritual.

Finally, video has emerged that shows just how the little guy delicately traverses the sand in a rotating criss-cross pattern to create a sort of subaquatic spirograph. The textured sand sculpture not only attracts mates but also serves as protection when the fish pair and lays eggs.

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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 - Maldives

The Maldives is host to some of the best dives in the world and is considered one of the top diving destinations.  Boasting a plethora of stunning marine life like sharks, manta rays, breathtaking coral formations and brimming with exotic fish life.

The Maldives encompass more than 99 % of the sea and less than 1 % of the land. The 99 % of the sea is home to one of the most diverse marine treasures of the world.

The Maldives is the perfect haven for those seeking peace, tranquility, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as paradise for the water lovers wishing to snorkel, dive, and surf.

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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.

Here are MORE SUGGESTIONS to make sure your expensive equipment arrives safely to  your paradise adventure.

Nights at the Zoo

Squids at night dive Photo by Wayne MacWilliams

Wakatobi Dive Resort, Indonesia

It isn’t hard to understand how the dive site known as The Zoo got it’s name.

Located just minutes from the dock at Wakatobi Resort, this sloping reef following a stair-stepped profile is home to a prolific and varied collection of marine life, all concentrated in a relatively small area. This is one of the region’s best macro dives, with residents that include frogfish, ghost pipefish, mantis shrimp, leaf fish, funky hairy squat lobster, different species of pygmy seahorses and more.

MORE AT THE ZOO

The Eating Habits of Coral

Corals are beautiful, weird and in danger. They get getting sustenance through a unique relationship with tiny algae called zooxanthellae that produce sugar for them and they also use stinging tentacles to pull zooplankton into their mouths and stuff them into their hollow, interconnected stomach. But corals are increasingly threatened by climate change and ocean acidification and without our help they could disappear forever.

You don’t want to miss this gorgeous timelapse of coral-polyp mouths munching on zooplankton.  Source Center for Biological Diversity

5 STAR REVIEW - MEXICO

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by kgm815: booked this Socorros islands trip aboard the Rocio Del Mar  in hopes of seeing some pelegics -was not disappointing at all. the boat is outfitted nicely with all the normal live aboard amenities but was the crew that topped it off—-they ran a tight ship and everything done like clockwork down to the meals which were btw super fantastic.

diving was great—dolphins/sharks and mantas and not really a coral diving destination but more pelegics and watch and wait—mantas were with us everyday. massive and very playful.

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Underwater Winery Lets you Dive for your Wine

 Instead of the underground cellars and oak barrels that many wineries use to store vino, Edivo Winery keeps its wine in terracotta jugs called amphoras. Then, it lowers those into the sea.

Divers can dip into the blue waters of Croatia’s Pelješac Peninsula, check out a sunken boat that stores some of the amphoras, and see the clay jugs of the underwater winery before they’re brought back up to land.

And of course, at the end of their dive, a nice big glass of wine awaits.

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Great Mermaid Themed Gifts

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15 Perfect Gifts for the Mermaid-Obsessed

Giving presents can be fun. But we won’t tell anyone if you decide to keep all these fabulous mermaid gifts all to yourself.

From Pool Floats to Tote Bags to Jewelry, Something for the mermaid obsessed person in your life.

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