Diving Blog

May 2017

The Surprising Little Boxfish

I think it’s safe to say that we can all think of examples of fashion or designs coming from nature. But what about a car being inspired by a fish? Which fish species would you guess was the muse? While you go through visions of strea...

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Jan 2017

Intro to Reef Restoration

It should come as no surprise that coral reefs are in peril. Healthy reefs are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate. A surprisingly large percentage of food, medi...

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Dec 2016

Clarity on Chordates

You know those squishy-seeming, Mickey-Mouse-shaped, sort of sponge-looking things you see quite often on reefs? Or those grape-shaped clear balls you sometimes see in the water column, usually stuck together in a chain? They are called ascidians, an...

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Oct 2016

Ocean Deoxygenation

The oceans are changing, and more rapidly than we ever expected. Historically, changes in ecosystems have majorly been slow processes, occurring over hundreds of thousands of years. This would give ample time for the organisms living to adapt to the ...

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Sep 2016

Essential Octopus Facts

What has 3 hearts, moves through jet propulsion, can morph into a new shape, change colour in less than a second, and is regarded as one of the most intelligent creatures out there? If you’re guessing some sort of super hero, I would argue that you...

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Sep 2016

Seagrass – Part 2

Seagrasses work in conjunction with all tropical ecosystems in a sort of ecosystem symbiosis, contributing to the health of all. Coral reefs exist in an oligotrophic (low nutrient) environment. Too many nutrients can smother and suffocate the corals....

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Sep 2016

Seagrass – Part 1

What’s your favourite marine habitat? Mangroves are wonderfully cool. And nothing compares to a good dive with great visibility on a healthy coral reef. What about playing on the sandy shore, bathing in the sun? What if I were to tell you that so m...

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Jul 2016

What you didn’t know about Tuna

There’s a fish swimming around the oceans that almost every person (and cat) has heard of. Whether the word “tuna” brings back memories of lunch sandwiches, your favourite dive, or horrific customers at the restaurant where you used to work, th...

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Jun 2016

Giant Squid

Deep, deep beneath the sea lives a mythical creature foretold by many a tale. A fish dressed like a Monk, described to the Danish King Christian III. A beautiful nymph turned monster living in the Straight of Messina. A deep sea monster that could en...

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Jun 2016

What is El Niño?

In case Chris Farley failed to explain it adequately to you, let me talk you through what’s been happening since last fall. Historically, every 7-10 years, the Pacific Ocean would experience a climatic anomaly lasting about 9-12 months, sometime...

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May 2016

New Discovery! The Amazon Reef

There’s a saying among marine scientists: that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about Earth’s own ocean. That was proven true again this April when a team of oceanographers announced the presence of a gigantic reef system at ...

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May 2016

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

Some of you may have heard that the sea stars on the West Coast of North America are going through a mysterious disease. What you might not know is that this could be the largest die-off in the known history of the planet. Marine or terrestrial. It...

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