Diving Blog

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...

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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

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 ...

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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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Nov 2016

Amazing Facts of the Mola Mola Ocean Sunfish

The Mola mola Fish, or Oceanic Sunfish as it is otherwise known, is one of the many prized-sights for divers exploring the waters around Bali. To be honest, I’ve never actually come face to face wit...

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Nov 2016

Diving Protea Banks, South Africa

For years I’ve been travelling the globe in search of the ultimate dive destination, only to find it in my backyard... A friend had recently come back from a dive trip in the KwaZulu- Natal region of South Africa. She claimed that she had offici...

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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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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...

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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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