Diving Blog

Mar 2018

Cryptic Critters – The Ghost Pipefish

For many marine inhabitants, the oceans are a very dangerous place. Threat of predation is high and a number of predators have evolved seemingly more and more elaborate ways to catch their dinner. To survive in an environment like this, you need to h...

Continue reading
Nov 2017

Hurricanes, Cyclones & Typhoons

The tropics: the latitudes we associate with paradise. The term conjures up visions of holidays of yore. With those cerulean waters punctuated with occasional forest green land, bikini-clad tanned bodies on sun beds with some type of frozen drink nea...

Continue reading
Oct 2017

Manta Matcher – Citizen Science Conservation

Did you know you can directly contribute to Manta ray conservation just by taking a photo of a manta ray during your dive? Yup, its true! No profe...

Continue reading
Jun 2017

Fish ID for Beginners

There are over 28,000 species of fish in waters around the world. Almost 27,000 of these are bony fish - the fish commonly associated with the group. Sharks, skates and rays, or cartilaginous fishes, comprise over 900 species, and jawle...

Continue reading
Jan 2017

Marine Protected Areas

Protecting wildlife is a complicated, difficult task for any ecosystem. For marine wildlife, it is especially convoluted and full of unknowns. With terrestrial ecosystems, we humans have a decent chance to see a rough estimate of how many rhinos are ...

Continue reading
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...

Continue reading
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...

Continue reading
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 ...

Continue reading
Oct 2016

10 Things for Environmentally Conscious Divers to Avoid

10 things for environmentally conscious divers and dive schools to avoid: 1) Most Commercial Sunscreens This might seem to go against everything you’ve been told your whole life. But hear me out. There are chemicals in most c...

Continue reading
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...

Continue reading
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....

Continue reading
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...

Continue reading