Part 1: The Gentle Giants. The IUCN Red list of threatened species indicates that approximately 447 marine species are currently listed as endangered, of which 188 are in critical condition. Taking a look at the 12 most endangered marine mammals, we discuss the causes of their depletion and their current major threats.0 5
In May, the Kuroshio current flows northeast of Japan, bringing warm temperatures, clear water and plenty of marine life. Off Miyakejima south of Tokyo, the Bigfin Reef Squid begin to spawn...1 3
Whale Sharks are the largest fish in the world. Around the April, May and June full moons are the opportune times to swim with these gentle giants. The whale sharks filter feed and mate around some of the best dive sites off Belize offering an amazing experience.0 2
The Fesdu Lagoon Night Dive in the Maldives is a legendary night dive that is similar to the Kona Night Dive but is significantly less known. Read on!0 1
The octopus is one of our favorite finds on a dive, and is also one of the smartest creatures in the sea. With eight arms, three hearts, and the ability to change color and shape, who can't help but find the octopus amazing? An overview on this charismatic and interesting animal.1 9
The sevengill shark, also known as the cow shark, is one of the most primitive species of shark, and has a noticeably prehistoric look to it. Although spending most of its time unseen by divers in deep waters, there are certain seasons and places where divers can reliably find them at recreational diver depths.1 7
Each year, between January and March, sardines congregate off Isla Mujeres, Mexico, attracting the fastest fish ever recorded. Sailfish feed on these bait balls, and divers seek out snorkeling experiences to watch these sleek and elegant fish dart through the water, feasting on sardines.3 4
Scuba Diving wouldn’t be as interesting without all the beautiful and unique sea creatures that inhabit the underwater world. Our fascination of this world stems from the fact that sea animals are not part of our natural habitats, and if it weren’t for diving, our chances of crossing paths with them are minimal to none.
Think of scuba diving as a humbling experience; going from our world, where we are the dominant species, to a world where we are so insignificant. While swimming in the depths of the ocean, you feel how insignificant you are by the way sea creatures view and react to you. Some sea animals will simply swim by you, ignoring your presence. Others will approach you out of curiosity, wondering what sea creature you are- being just as fascinated by you as you are with them- and then just go about their day. Other interactions, of course, can take place, either friendly or unfriendly. Regardless, you are merely a visitor in the underwater world.
We don’t belong in the ocean, which is why some people are so afraid or anxious to dive and step out of their natural habitat. Scuba divers, on the other hand, are overly curious and adventurous, and step out of their comfort zone with every dive to see what we can’t see on the surface. They love to bring back stories and underwater photographs of the marine life they’ve encountered.
As divers ourselves, we hope that our stories and photos of sea animals entertain and excite you, and leave you wanting to step out of your comfort zone and pay these sea creatures a visit!
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Snorkel with millions of non-stinging jellyfish in Palau's Jellyfish Lake.
Every year, between June and September, hundreds of whale sharks can be found in the de...
Thoughts on the recent nationwide ban on manta fishing. Part two of the series.
From unexpected encounters with great hammerheads to peacefully swimming next to the ge...
Each year, between January and March, sardines congregate off Isla Mujeres, Mexico, att...