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Slow life – A must watch

Daniel Stoupin is a PhD student in the University of Queensland. His research is in the field marine biology. Mixing his passions of biology and photography, Daniel has produce stunning photos and videos. “My interest in photography, especially in photomicrography, came from the scientific background. Working with microscopic protists during my first research years and later swimming countless nights with glowing plankton in the ocean opened my eyes on the diversity and complexity of life that we can’t see without tools. Although I am obsessed with marine life, particularly microscopic one and whatever glows in the dark, my photography interests are growing and eventually this website will change its name and become a lot more diverse in content.” – Daniel Stoupin   More pictures from Daniel    ““Slow” marine animals show their secret life under high … Read entire article »

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC

  April, 2014 Commission Meeting Time: 8:30am each day Dates: April 15 – 17, 2014 Place: Florida Public Safety Institute 85 Academy Drive Havana, FL 32333 https://www.tcc.fl.edu/Current/Academics/FPSI/Pages/Directions.aspx This meeting is open to the public   8:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, there will be a presentation on the subject of LIonfsh Lionfish – Lionfish are invasive marine species that pose a threat to native  marine species and ecosystems.  Three draft rules will be proposed to prevent further lionfish introductions and facilitate efforts to remove these non-native predators.  Harvest by divers using either spearing gear or hand held nets is currently the primary means of lionfish population control. Persons diving by means of a rebreather are currently prohibited from harvesting any marine species in state waters.  A proposed draft rule would create … Read entire article »

Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening) – Judgment of 31 March 2014

  Today, The International Court of Justice ruling regarding Japanese whaling in the south seas is illegal. “Japan shall revoke any existant authorisation, permit or licence granted in relation to Jarpa II [research programme] and refrain from granting any further permits in pursuance to the programme,”  Peter Tomka, International Court of Justice’s Judge said on Monday. Since 1988 Japan has slaughtered more than 10,000 whales. A victory for the whales and all those who stood to protect them. April 2013, Japan announced its haul from the Southern Ocean was at a record low by “unforgivable sabotage” by activists from the environmental group, Sea Shepherd. Here is the link to the findings It chronilogically outlines the compant, and the courts findings. … Read entire article »

California Lawmaker to Propose Ban on Orcas in Captivity

If passed, the bill would be the most comprehensive protection law for captive orcas in the United States in more than 40 years.   By David Kirby David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, ‘Death at Seaworld,’ was published in 2012. full bio follow me In a surprising move that is sure to send shock waves across the entire captive whale and dolphin industry, a California lawmaker will propose legislation to outlaw Shamu shows at SeaWorld San Diego. State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, D–Santa Monica, will introduce Friday the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, which would make it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes.” … Read entire article »

6 Ways You Can Help Save Captive Killer Whales Right Now

If you’ve ever wondered what one person can do for caged orcas, this is for you.   By David Kirby David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years.   ‘What Can I Do?’   Ever since my book Death At SeaWorld was released, nearly a year ago, I have received countless emails from concerned readers, who were so disturbed by the lives of killer whales in glass and concrete tanks owned by powerful corporations that they wanted to do something to help. But how? Emily Vargo, a Spanish teacher from Maryland, for example, told me about how her father, a former SeaWorld employee, who is now “very critical of the treatment of park animals,” read her excerpts from the book. “I cried … Read entire article »

Hollis Explorer Counter Lung Recall

Hollis is recalling Explorer counterlungs due to a leaking issue caused by weak welding around the retainer fitting.   Here is the official press release: Discontinue use of your Explorer until new counterlungs are installed. Continued use of the original parts could lead to flooding of the counterlungs, Pre-Dive Check failures, and possible drowning. We have received some counterlungs back due to leaking. We have traced this problem back to one production lot of counterlungs that had weak welds around the retainer fitting. Affected counterlungs can develop leaks over time. Explorers within the serial number range provided below are the only units shipped with these counterlungs. We will send send a free pair of counterlungs to owners of units within the … Read entire article »

DiveAssure Now Offers LIVE-ABOARD RIDER Option

DiveAssure is thrilled to announce a revolutionary and unique new plan that has been designed specifically for liveaboard diving trips- The Liveaboard Rider. The new plan can now be added to our two top dive-travel plans and provide the ultimate coverage for liveaboard trips. This unique insurance product has been designed by DiveAssure to cover scenarios specific to liveaboard trips that are not covered by any other travel insurance program on the market. Adding the new Liveaboard Rider to our Deluxe or Elite programs will further enhance their already superior primary coverage ‎and protect divers against unforeseen scenarios such as:  ·         Missing the liveaboard departure due to airline delays and/or missed connections ·         Lost diving days due to various reasons … Read entire article »

Narcosis, The Great White Seen at Ginnie Springs

**** FLASH ***** Narcosis the Great White discovered at Ginnie Springs. The individuals who found Narcosis writes: “My son-in-law and I found Narcosis in the bowels of Ginnie Springs.  He attacked us….but we were able to fend him off.  He still calls Ginnie home.” See the clip of the attack. Though Narcosis has thought to have been docile, this is the first report of an attack. Though there is no real danger of injury from Narcosis, she is still considered a safe and friendly Great White and loves to interact with divers. So, should you find Narcosis during your dive within the Ginnie Cavern, snap a photo and send it to Divetalking along with a brief description of the occurance. We will … Read entire article »

Aquatica Housing + Canon 5D Mark II For Sale

Aquatica Housing + Canon 5D Mark II For Sale

Everything you see in the pictures is for sale. Everything works! Even the optional equipment.   Click on any picture for a larger view This is a great rig for someone wanting to get into digital photography, both above and below the surface. An Aquatica Housing for a Canon 5D Mark II with dual Nikonos ports Ultralight Arms + all Clamps Focus light mount Canon 5D Mark II (Not … Read entire article »

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