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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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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Flying After Diving

Prior to the advent of the iPad, airplanes carried an extensive "aircraft library" of technical manuals.

A group  associated with DAN Europe published the results of a new flying-after-diving study in March.  The results are intriguing and may lead some divers to wonder if it is time to revisit the flying-after-diving guidelines.

This was the first in-flight study of real-life dive exposures, and there are two important findings from it that divers should appreciate. First, there was great variability in postdive bubble degree, and it is important to note that the same divers seemed to consistently exhibit either low or high bubble production. The second important finding of this study is that flying in a commercial aircraft even after a 24-hour surface interval can produce bubbles in divers’ blood.

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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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What is MUCK Diving

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MUCK. YUCK. RIGHT? WRONG!

If you have never heard of muck diving before, it does sound completely unappealing and actually the reality of what you are doing is essentially as it sounds. Muck diving, critter diving, rubble diving – whatever you call it, is poorly named and gives a negative connotation for an environment where ones’ eyes widen again and again with each fascinating new critter.

Muck might sound like not the most pleasant type of diving, but for underwater photographers this environment characterized by a seemingly barren silty, sand bottom can yield some of the best macro opportunities.  The term comes from the type of environment, which is usually a silty or sandy bottom, sometimes with a source of fresh water and some mild currents.

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Pack Your Bags - Maldives

It is easy to see why The Maldives has become one of the world’s premier scuba diving destinations because of the abundance of amazing white sand beaches, coral reefs, clear warm waters, numerous dive sites and rich marine life. Most holiday resorts in the Maldives have a scuba diving facility and there are a number of live-aboard operators offering itineraries all over the Maldives.

Many scuba divers are attracted to the Maldives because of the presence of whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, reef sharks, and hammerhead sharks as well as many smaller fish and coral species.

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NEW CARRY-ON RULES

Responding to the possibility that terrorists may be able to hide explosives in electronic devices, the Transportation Security Administration is about to start new screening procedures for carry-on luggage at airports nationwide.

To ensure the security of airline passengers and the nation’s airports, the TSA is implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items that require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes.

Following extensive testing and successful pilots at 10 airports, TSA plans to expand these measures to all U.S. airports during the weeks and months ahead.  The stronger security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA Pre✓® who are using TSA Pre✓® lanes. 

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The Coral Triangle

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3 Things to Know About the Ocean’s Biodiversity Hot Spot

At more than a billion acres of ocean, the Coral Triangle is one of the world’s biggest and most important marine regions.

The Triangle is a billion-acre ocean region controlled by Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. It’s importance to Southeast Asia and the world’s oceans can’t be downplayed: The region encompasses a full 30 percent of the world’s coral and has the highest diversity of corals and fishes in the world. It’s a place to know—especially if you’re concerned about conservation and coastal communities, which many are.

3 Need to Facts About the Coral Triangle

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.

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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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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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Critters in Romblon, Philippines

By Pipat Cat Kosumlaksamee

Romblon is the perfect dive destination for fans of rare macro and super macro critters, underwater macro and super macro photographers but also divers, who enjoy scuba diving in untouched dive sites. Diving in Romblon are highly diverse, from hard coral formations, soft coral gardens, caves and cliffs with large Gorgonias to sand/muck and colorful shallow water dive sites.

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COSTA RICA DON'T

Export that stockpile of hammerhead Shark fins!

Current CR President Luis Guillermo Solís’  has worked tirelessly to lift the ban and allow its export. Despite two official scientific panels of independent and government experts determining that the international trade of hammerhead shark products is detrimental to the species’ survival and shouldn’t be allowed, the Solís administration has disregarded the panels’ scientific advice.

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