With Halloween quickly approaching, scuba divers are raring and ready for one of their most favorite, and uniquely eccentric, fall activities: underwater pumpkin carving. Using deft skill and precision, aquatic devotees showcase their creativity in their favorite environment: the gourds gluttonous with gooey guts are given ghoulish, garish, or goodly grins; and beyond these typical depictions, pumpkin artisans have merged their passion...
This month, your faithful editorial manager had the pleasure of visiting the Marine and Science Technology (MaST) Center at Highline College off Redondo Beach in Des Moines, Washington. Following my interview with Randy Williams and Jim Trask of the Washington Scuba Alliance (WSA), Randy invited my cousin Hannah and I for a visit and off-hours tour of the facility.
We have all been told, when going outside into the sun, to slather our skin with sunscreen. It is agreed, nobody wants to have skin cancer or heaven forbid, wrinkles. But, are we, in an effort to save our skin, perhaps harming our bodies and also destroying the coral reefs we all enjoy?
By John Christopher Fine When John Cronin was celebrated for his pioneering work as one of the founders of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), along with Ralph Erickson, he said it was for him to be thankful. He indicated that his life was built around the friendship of divers. He added that his social...
The topic of diving with cetaceans has many different aspects with varying points of view. This is my personal view as a diver of 43 years and a marine conservationist, not necessarily the view of the organizations I am part of. I write as someone who has experienced chance encounters only a couple of times while in the water, although I have seen them in the wild numerous times. It is difficult to express the feeling of surfacing from a dive and seeing large male orca dorsal fin go by right beside you. Better yet was being spy-hopped by a large male right next to the boat after taking off my tank. To this day I have to wonder if he was seeing if I was that diver he just saw next to him in the water.
Every year before Thanksgiving The Explorers Club in Manhattan holds a full-day convocation called “Sea Stories” for those interested in marine history/archeology, technology, film-making, exploration, marine biology/fishery management-- and exciting places to travel and watery things-to-do! This year Sea Stories was held on Saturday, November 11th. Over the years many spellbinding presentations have been enjoyed by those lucky enough to attend. This year was no different, and each presenter and presentation held special draw for us!
The spirit of the season is really a spirit of love, generosity, and kindness. It illuminates a picture into our souls and hearts as we take pause in our busy lives and remember the people around us. It is a time for reflection.
Raising Awareness for Orcas in Captivity Worldwide