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Scuba Diving Resource Newsletter #23
We are all about Scuba Diving and the Lifestyle that surrounds it.
MEET THE CUTTLEFISH, One Of The Brainiest, Most Bizarre

animals in the ocean. A bizarre, alien-like creature like no other. 

It’s an animal with eight sucker-covered arms growing out of its head, three hearts pumping its blue-green blood, and a doughnut-shaped brain. It has the ability to change its color and shape to blend in with seaweed and rocks, and it has a knack for switching on electrifying light shows that dazzle its prey. Perhaps most surprising of all, this animal is quite intelligent, with a highly complex brain..

LEARN MORE      Photo by Bill Sarro
Pack Your Bag - AUSTRALIA

Australia is known for its unusual animals, rich marine life, fascinating culture.

Completely surrounded by water Australia is a divers dream  with over 4000 species of fish.  Swim with giant whale sharks, with sea lions and dolphins..

But when it comes to visiting below the ocean’s surface, one particular part of its marine heritage stands out above all others, the Great Barrier Reef. 

MORE ON AUSTRALIA 

A Great Night Dive - THE ZOO at WAKATOBI, INDONESIA
 

It isn't hard to understand how the dive site known as The Zoo got it's name. Home to a prolific and varied collection of marine life, all concentrated in a relatively small area. This is one of the region’s best macro dives, with residents that include frogfish, ghost pipefish, mantis shrimp, leaf fish, funky hairy squat lobster, different species of pygmy seahorses and more. And the same picturesque underwater landscape that make for good hunting during the day also provides habitat to a wide range of creatures that remain hidden while the sun is up. As a result, The Zoo is also a favorite night dive.

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Photo by Wayne MacWilliams

2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year Announced
Organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest have just announced their winning photos for 2017. The winner Gabriel Barathieu beat entrants from 67 different countries with his portrait of an octopus in the lagoon of the island of Mayotte.

Prizes and commendations were also handed out in a number of categories, including…

THE 2017 WINNERS & PHOTOS

Dunbar Rock “TAX RELIEF” SPECIAL - GuanajaHonduras

NOW EXTENDED.  The clock is ticking and April 15th will be here before you know it. 

So Dunbar Rock is stepping in to ease the pain by offering a substantial "tax break" on your divers next vacation to the Villa on Dunbar Rock.

Save $379+ per person or more.

Book any 7 night Saturday to Saturday stay for travel between.....   DETAILS

Citizen Science Expedition - Dive With a Purpose
Aboard the Quino El Guardian

A truly unique experience . These trips include a marine biologist specializing in subjects such as Mantas, Sharks, Humpback Whales, Marine Mammals, Marine Ecology, Geology, Astronomy and more. Included in their research is animal tagging, identification, fish/animal counts, etc. Divers can be involved in as much or as little as they like including hands-on research and presentations.

SCHEDULE        DETAILS  
Coral Conservation and ID Skills in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Papua Explorers Resort, Raja Ampat, Indonesia,  July 2 – 12, 2017
Who needs a coral ID book… when you can have the real thing!  
Join us on our first Coral Explorer’s trip,  learn valuable coral conservation and ID skills while immersing yourself in the bio-diverse waters of Raja Ampat, at the heart of the Coral Triangle!
Raja Ampat SEA Centre will be hosting this exclusive trip that will submerge you in a fully interactive learning experience and enable you to discover more about coral reefs - the
oceans life support system. 
The Coral Explorers trip will cover a range of topics      INCLUDING:

How Colorful Pygmy Seahorses Camouflage Themselves

Pygmy seahorses are fragile and tiny, they could have been included in our list of animals tiny enough to sit on your finger. Yet their smallness becomes an advantage when combined with their amazing ability to disguise themselves as bits of coral. They’re found on bright orange or purple corals, blending in and avoiding the notice of predators.

But how did the seahorses come to be the right color? Biologists at the California Academy of Sciences set out to answer this question:

LEARN HOW     photo by Bill Sarro
BEST DIVE PRACTICES GUIDE To Protect the Marine Enviroment
 
General Advice for Divers To Learn the importance of the marine environment as well as ensure that you are taking all necessary precautions to not negatively impact it.

MUST KNOW INFORMATION BEFORE DIVING
By following these simple instructions you are helping to preserve the marine environment for future generations
1) Don’t Step on Corals  2) Don’t stir the sediment          MORE TIPS

 

Seacucus NJ - March 24-26, 2017

The Largest Consumer Dive Show in America
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Workshops, Travel & Equipment Exhibits, Imaging Competition, Parties & much more…. 

SHOW INFORMATION

This technology brings an entirely new dimension to diving. – day or night! Many opportunities exist to enhance you dive operations and profits. Guided tours, rental gear, continuing education.

An entirely new type of diving can be marketed. This can be done at night or in daylight conditions.

The experience and sights are magical and anyone can become a “citizen scientist” and note coral structures in decline or in regeneration. Properly marketed, your night dive exposure can dramatically increase. Additional fees for equipment rental can be attained. Impulse sales are possible. Many people who experience this for the first time want to buy the gear on the spot.

FIREDIVEGEAR.COM 

CONTACT LYNN MINOR   info@firedivegear.com

Know of an Excellent Speaker? Encourage Them to Submit an Application to Become a Speaker at DEMA Show 2017!

DEMA is requesting proposals for speaker submissions to fill the DEMA-Sponsored Education schedule for DEMA Show 2017, taking place November 1-4 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Deadline for submissions isMarch 15, 2017.   

Complete speaker information, submission guidelines and the official application link can be found on the DEMA Show website 

LEARN MORE

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