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Candy-striped hermit crab discovered in Caribbean

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Underwater photographer stumbled upon the tiny creature previously unknown to scientists

Source: Brandie Weikle, CBC News

An underwater photographer has stumbled upon a new species of hermit crab with legs and pincers striped like candy canes.

Ellen Muller captured photos and video of the tiny creature at dive sites in the National Marine Park off the southern Caribbean island of Bonaire. Just a few millimetres wide, the animal is the subject of a new report in the journal ZooKeys. Read more

February 24, 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 |

Porcelain Anemone Crab

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Some Porcelain Crabs look good enough to be made into porcelain collectables.  As the name rightly suggests, the porcelain crab is a delicate and fragile crab-like crustacean that sheds its limbs to escape predators. Read more

January 26, 2017 |

Diving with a Purpose

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Citizen Scientist trips: Hammerhead tagging Project

Revillagigedo Islands, December 2016

Author and photographer: Chrisrtian Vizl

I met Dora Sandoval, owner of the Rocio Del Mar Liveaboard Dive Boat, a few years ago. A popular dive magazine sent me to write an article and take pictures about her boat that she proudly operates in some of Mexico´s most magical waters. I found myself very impressed by the quality of service Dora and her crew work diligently to deliver to her divers on every trip. I remember she mentioned to me about her latest adventure which was redesigning another liveaboard, Quino El Guardian. The Quino was to be a vessel specifically built not only for scuba diving but also for scientific research and education. I became very interested in her idea especially during these times when our oceans face grave danger due to the devastation we humans are imposing around the world.
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January 25, 2017 |

Peacock Mantis Shrimp

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The Peacock Mantis shrimp packs a punch!!

Did you know that the MANTIS SHRIMP has claws with such an incredibly fast and powerful strike, that some are able to break aquarium glass with one swing?  It’s a fact! 
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January 22, 2017 |

Blue Dragon

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Looking like offspring of some alien creatures, these bizarre creatures are 100% Earth-bred. They’re actually not all that different from your average garden snail, just a lot more colorful… and often extremely poisonous. Read more

January 20, 2017 |

A Gathering of Giants

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Story and Photographs by Tony Wu

Witness to a phenomenon few have ever seen before, I slipped beneath the ocean’s surface to find myself submerged alongside hundreds, maybe thousands, of sperm whales — one of the largest and most magnificent cetaceans of the sea — engaged in a dramatic frenzy of physical contact and biosonar communication. Read more

January 17, 2017 |

Pelagic Black Water Diving

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Author: Mike Johnson

Part 1 – Impressions from my first dive

With all the dive adventures available around the world, it’s hard to pin down one as the “ultimate dive”. Each offers something unique and fascinating. However, there is one that stands out above the rest with an unrivaled experience that can only be described as other worldly – the pelagic black water dive. Read more

January 15, 2017 |

Spotted Drum

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Spotted Drum are quite unusual – the adults display both bold spots and thick strips, while the juvenile Spotted Drum has long, elegant dorsal fins. The name ” Drum” was given to these, and several other similar species, because drum fish can make a low resonance noise similar to the beating of the drum. They make repetitive throbbing or drumming sounds by beating their abdominal muscle against the swim bladder. Read more

January 14, 2017 |
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