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The 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year

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Source: Underwater of the Year, Alan Taylor – The Atlantic

Organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest have just announced their winning photos for 2017. The winner Gabriel Barathieu beat entrants from 67 different countries with his portrait of an octopus in the lagoon of the island of Mayotte. Prizes and commendations were also handed out in a number of categories, including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Up & Coming, and, in British waters, Wide Angle, Compact, and Macro shots. UPY has been kind enough to share some of this year’s honorees with us below. Captions written by the photographers. Read more

February 23, 2017 |

Guidance for Dive Guides and Instructors

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Best Dive Practices

Source: Greenfins

It is really important that you teach your customers about the importance of the marine environment as well as ensure that together you are taking all necessary precautions to not negatively impact it. The tips below are easily supported by using the icons poster which can be downloaded and used in your briefings. Read more

February 21, 2017 |

Cuddly Shark

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Shark Swims Up To Diver For a Cuddle Every Time She Sees Him!

To visit his friend, Rick Anderson has to strap on a tank, put a regulator into his mouth and dive into the ocean off the coast of Nobbys Beach in New South Wales, Australia.

Anderson’s friend is a 6-foot female Port Jackson shark. She doesn’t have a name, but Anderson recognizes her by her markings. Read more

February 15, 2017 |

MEET LESLEY ROCHAT, The Shark Warrior

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Lesley, also known as the Shark Warrior because of her passionate efforts in shark conservation, was once a professional actress, TV presenter, model and financial advisor. Because of her love for the ocean and growing concern about its plight, she packed up her highly successful corporate position to found AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, a non-profit organization based in Cape Town, South Africa. Read more

February 14, 2017 |

5 Ways You Can Crush Plastic in Your Daily Life

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Plastic can be found in virtually every shape and form. It is a material that makes our lives incredibly convenient, but most people rarely think about the impact plastic has on the world around us.

Unlike other materials, plastic never really goes away. We love plastic because it is durable, waterproof, and versatile, but the downside of these qualities is that it lasts forever.

Plastic does not biodegrade and it takes hundreds of years for it to break down through a process of photodegradation. Basically, plastic can only disintegrate if it is exposed to UV rays which break its structural bonds apart – and even when this happens, it never truly goes away, it just becomes tons of microscopic pieces of plastic. Read more

February 13, 2017 |

A Shark Diving Safari like nowhere else in the World!

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SOUTH AFRICA PREDATOR EXPEDITION  with Cape Town Highlights

South Africa is considered the shark diving Mecca of the world with an impressive diversity of over 200 different species of shark (including rays and skates). This expedition starts in the warmer waters of the Kwa-Zulu Natal (perfect add on if you are doing the Sardine Run), and ends in the cooler water of Cape Town. Read more

February 11, 2017 |
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