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REEF FEST 2019 CELEBRATES MARINE CONSERVATION – Florida Keys Community

October is a month that bridges the residual warmth from September and the chilly conditions brought on by November. For many scuba divers, depending on locality, it marks the end of thebusy dive season: transitioning into winter before the electrified energy of diving returns full swingin spring. Florida, with its consistently balmy and warm temperatures, both above and in the waters, is a lauded destination during these colder months. REEF Fest 2019 invites visitors of all ages to celebrate all things ocean from October 17 to 20, opening warm, watery worlds within southern Florida.

The 3Rs: Exploring SoCal’s Near-Shore Public Safety Program

Scuba diving is a thrilling sport that pushes participants past their limitations, unveiling a captivating environment few experience. Pursuing these submerged zeniths is not...

World’s First Scuba GS Troop Continues to Achieve

Last year, we at Scuba H2O Adventures Magazine covered Girl Scout Troop 40348 of Central Texas: the world’s first scuba diving girl scout troop....
A juvenile Porkfish

A Bridge (Not) Too Far: Diving Florida’s Blue Heron Bridge

The history of the Blue Heron Bridge is interesting, but not nearly as fascinating as the underwater ecosystem that thrives below it.
Manatees of Crystal River - by Mike Engiles

Florida’s Perfect Environmental Storm: The Complex Balance of Biodiversity and Sustainability – Part II:...

This article is the first part of a series covering a controversial subject with a number of differing positions on the cause, effect, and...

Wild Alaska: Diving Prince William Sound

“Hey, you guys need a lift?” By Eco-Photo Explorers Michael Salvarezza and Christopher P. Weaver Standing...

100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the cruiser USS San Diego : Findings of...

And now it can be told. An interdisciplinary team of ten US Federal agencies, the military, scientists and academicians collaborated on a two-year study of the wreck of USS San Diego on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its sinking, to determine definitely what happened that day. The study was undertaken in memory of the six sailors killed in the sinking. New technologies were employed in the study, including finite-element engineering modeling of the flooding and sinking timeline based on loads aboard the ship and interior compartmentalization, high density/definition photogrammetry mapping and side scan sonar analysis of the wreck, and underwater unmanned probes (AUV’s and ROV’s – autonomous underwater vehicle and remote-operated vehicle) equipped with laser beams to measure the structure.

Hidden Gems: Southern Oregon Coast’s Comradery of Divers

I’m sitting on The Sarge, headed out to the Charleston Jetty. On the boat is Eric and Sherry Trapp, husband and wife...

The Journey of a Concrete Ship: From Breakwaters to Reefs

Sometime not so long ago the ocean carried a fleet of ships built mostly of concrete. Wood was the preferred medium for ship building for centuries until the late 19th century when ship manufacturing converted to the use of sheet steel. While sheet steel was the go to material for many years it became scarce during the first World War. This is when ship builders turned to using steel reinforced concrete, which uses less refined and easier to obtain steel reinforcing bar.

Diving With Cetaceans

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.
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