Dive in and explore

Dive in and explore

The BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds opens on 19 May. Featuring stunning objects that have been submerged under the sea for a thousand years, it will showcase the rich interaction between ancient Egypt and the Greek world. It’s likely to be very popular, so make sure you book in advance! This month, you can also explore the fascinating history of the Mediterranean’s largest island in our Sicily exhibition, on until 14 August. May is also your last chance to see smaller exhibitions and displays on shoes from the Islamic world, British hoards and the Pacific god A’a

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Ottobre 2014

Presto disponibile la App PADI rinnovata
Scoprite la nuova versione della App PADI che fornirà ai subacquei le informazioni richieste nel momento in cui ne avranno bisogno. (continua)

Sistema ad identificazione unica PADI (PADI Single Sign On – SSO)
La App PADI verrà aggiornata con una nuova funzionalità chiamata Sistema ad identificazione unica PADI (PADI Single Sign On – SSO). Questo è un sistema di autenticazione che vi permetterà di accedere a tante applicazioni o siti web PADI con solo un set di credenziali. In questo modo risparmierete tempo e fatica dal momento che viene richiesta un solo codice login e una sola password. (continua)

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showtime E’ di nuovo tempo di Fiere della subacquea
PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa sarà di nuovo presente a molte Fiere della subacquea nel 2015. La presenza di PADI è a sostegno dei PADI Dive Centres, dei membri e dei subacquei e fornisce un’opportunità di dare il benvenuto nel favoloso mondo della subacquea a tutti coloro che non sono subacquei. (continua)
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depth_record Record mondiale di profondità
L’Istruttore PADI Ahmed Gabr ha migliorato il record mondiale di profondità immergendosi a 332 metri. (Cliccate qui) per leggere il racconto di Ahmed sull’esperienza che gli permesso di guadagnarsi un posto nel Guinness dei Primati.
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Eilat Campionato Mondiale di fotografia subacquea 2014 – Eilat, Mar Rosso
I vincitori del Campionato Mondiale di fotografia subacquea ad Eilat, nel Mar Rosso, sono stati annunciati il 13 settembre. PADI EMEA si congratula con il team spagnolo ed il Course Director PADI Boaz Samorai. (continua)
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PA Squali e mante entrano a far parte della lista degli animali protetti
Il 14 settembre segna la data in cui squali e mante sono entrati a far parte della lista degli animali protetti contro il commercio. Grazie a tutti per aver contribuito a questa campagna per la protezione di due delle specie più minacciate al mondo: squali e mante! (continua)
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Sportswear Sportswear: favolose svendite per i professionisti PADI!
Ottieni fino al 60% di sconto sul tuo prossimo ordine a PADI Sportswear. Non solo otterrete sconti incredibili sul nostro webstore, ma vi offriamo la possibilità di personalizzare tutti i nostri prodotti per far vedere a tutti che siete ei professionisti. Non c’è mai stato momento migliore per ordinare su PADI Sportswear. (continua)
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30 anni con successo

30 anni con successo

30 anni con successoCaro Gunnar,
É per me un grande piacere annunciarti che il 31 dicembre 2013 ha segnato il completamento del tuo 30° anno come Membro PADI ! Siamo onorati dall’assoluto impegno che hai dimostrato verso PADI, e apprezziamo la tua dedizone ed il tuo supporto ai programmi ed alla filosofia PADI.

Come espressione della nostra gratitudine per il tuo continuo supporto, ti invio questo diploma, un riconoscimento e la spilla “30-year”; ti farà piacere sapere che PADI riconoscerà il tuo impegno anche nell’edizione del secondo trimestre 2014 del Undersea Journal.

Grazie per avere, 30 anni fa, scelto PAI, e per aiutarci a far sì che PADI sia attualmente l’organizzazione di addestramento subacqueo numero uno al mondo.

Ti auguro successo e prosperità per il futuro.

Cordialmente,
Mark Caney
Vice President, Trainer & Custom Services

30 anni con successo

 

I tesori sommersi del Canale di Sicilia

Greenpeace insieme a Ispra ha realizzato una spedizione scientifica nel Canale di Sicilia che documenta la biodiversità dei banchi d’alto mare.

greenpeaceA bordo della nave Astrea e grazie a un veicolo filoguidato dotato di telecamera (ROV) abbiamo esplorato il Banco Avventura e il Banco di Graham (Isola Ferdinandea) alla scoperta di un universo sottomarino straordinario.
Questo rapporto contiene i risulatti preliminari della spedizione.

I tesori sommersi del canale di sicilia -download PDF

PROJECT AWARE NEWS FLASH

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Share Your Opinion on Marine Litter

EU Marine Litter Scuba divers are familiar with the sight of debris underwater and many of us remove and report trash every time we dive. Now you have a unique opportunity to share your opinion on how the European Union (EU) can tackle marine litter issues. Read More

Racing for Sharks in the New York Marathon

Run for Sharks NY Marathon The ING New York Marathon 2013 was the largest marathon yet, attracting more than 50,000 runners including the amazing athletes of the Project AWARE “Run for Sharks” team. Not only did the entire team cross the finish line, they raised nearly $13,000 for shark protection. Way to go team! Read More

Dive Stores Unite for Marine Sanctuaries

Marine Parks AU Dive professionals in New South Wales, Australia, united to reverse recent decisions to allow fishing in marine sanctuaries. Signed by 30 dive center owners, their statement raises concerns for marine environments, the areas unique wildlife as well as the dive industry. Read More

Cast Your Vote for the Best Ocean Action Projects

Ocean Action Project Last month, we called for applications from leaders with the courage and vision to make ocean protection a reality in their community. Project AWARE received more than 80 applications from around the world for the Ocean Action Project. Stay tuned to vote and help kickstart your favorite projects. Follow us on Facebook

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Calling All Ocean Heroes. The Search is On!

Ocean Action Project 2013 Are you an ocean hero that can bring us one step closer to a clean, healthy ocean? Do you have an innovative, results-driven project that needs a little extra push to get off the ground? Project AWARE’s Ocean Action Project is an opportunity for individuals like you to propel shark protection and marine debris solutions locally. Apply by 31st October. Read More

Canadive Sets a Dive Against Debris Record

(c) Kyla Hemmelgarn 2013 After completing exactly 99 dives, Canadive’s amazing duo of divers, Charlotte and Isak Rydlund, completed their coast to coast expedition. They made every dive a cleanup dive by removing and logging marine debris as part of Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program. Check out Canadive’s cross-country trash adventure story. Read More

Debris Month of Action Volunteers Get Results

Sunshine Divers This September, volunteer scuba divers from every corner of the globe embarked on a mission to battle marine debris – the ocean’s silent killer. Together, we hauled up and reported more than 20,000 trash items from beneath the surface. Nearly 155 Dive Against Debris Heroes deserve special recognition. They signed the pledge to go the extra mile and Dive Against Debris year-round. We can’t wait to see what they haul in next. Read More

The Global Finathon Continues

Finathon Project AWARE Australia Project AWARE’s Finathon challenge continues to gain steam as more events raise awareness and critical funds for shark protection. In California, USA, Project AWARE’s Executive Director, Alex Earl, joined Oceanside Scuba and Swim Center to swim the extra mile for sharks. And down under, the Project AWARE Finathon in Manly, Australia, raised nearly $4,000 – with board member, Jeremy Coleman and daughter Georgia, age 11, finishing in the top 5 swimmers. Read More

Dive Mate. Die beste App für jeden Taucher

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Wir freuen uns eine neue Version von DiveMate USB, der weltweit beste Smartphone und Tablet App für jeden Taucher, zu veröffentlichen.

Als erstes sind wir stolz auf die neue Möglichkeit, Logbücher von DiveMate USB zu diviac hochzuladen.
Diviac ist die ultimative Plattform für Taucher und verbindet das weltweit fortgeschrittenste cloud-basierte Logbuch, ein vollständiges soziales Netzwerk mit einen Reiseführer für Taucher.
Mit einem Klick können Taucher ihr DiveMate USB Logbuch samt Profilen und Tauchdaten direkt zu diviac hochladen.
Weiterhin wurde DiveMate USB um eine neue Druckfunktion erweitert. Taucher können jetzt ihre Logbücher inkl. Tauch-Profilen in verschiedenen Styles drucken. Die Logbücher können auch per Email versendet oder als PDF gespeichert werden.Wenn man gedrucktes Papier benötigt ist ein Vollblatt Profil- und Karten-Druck nur einen Klick entfernt.
Darüberhinaus ist DiveMate USB nun in 7 Sprachen verfügbar: Englisch, Deutsch, Französisch, Italienisch, Spanisch, Niederländisch und Russisch.

Halten Sie Ihre Leser auf dem Laufenden was sie aus Ihrem Smartphone der Tablet machen können. Die Begeisterung hält an: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.confitek.divemateusb

DiveMate USB ist kostenlos im Google Playstore erhältlich. Drei “Extension Packs” können in der App für zusätzliche Funktionen erworben werden.
Alle Details finden Sie unter www.DiveMate.de

The Search is On! Local Ocean Heroes Wanted


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The search is on! Are you a local ocean hero with an innovative, results-driven project to protect the ocean?  If so, Project AWARE’s Ocean Action Project could be the support you need to take it to the next level.

We’re supporting strong grassroots initiatives that help build a wave for global ocean protection in two key focus areas: Sharks & Rays in Peril and Marine Debris. Here’s how it works:

1. Does your Ocean Action Project idea qualify? Check out the guidelines and application to find out.

2. Complete the simple application by 31st October and submit a photo to help tell your story and inspire the public vote.

3. Can it stand up to the rest? Project AWARE will select the best of the best and let the public cast the final vote in November. If your project is selected, you’ll receive funds to give your project the extra push to succeed.

You don’t have to be a diver to get your ocean project up and running. If there’s a local effort that inspires you, please spread the word and invite others to apply. Feel free to be in touch with questions and stay tuned to vote for your favorite Ocean Action Project!

For the Ocean,
Alex Earl
Executive Director
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P.S. Help spread the word on social media: Are you an ocean hero? Apply to Project AWARE’s #Ocean Action Project by 31st October http://ow.ly/bnG2x

What’s New at SCUBA Travel?

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Most Highly Rated Dive Operator on the Site is…

Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures! They are the dive company with the most 5 star ratings and reviews in the entire SCUBA Travel site, and we have thousands listed. Based in Borneo, not only do our readers love them but they are also very committed to marine conservation.If you are out that way give them a try.
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/malaysia/

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Diving Baja California

Which are the best dives in the Sea of Cortez? We think the Sand Falls, Cabo Pulmo Rocky Reef and El Bajo: all world class dive sites. Read about these and others at our expanded Baja section.
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/baja/

Diving Bulgaria

Scuba Diving Bulgaria

During summer Bulgaria’s Black Sea is surprisingly warm. Sea life is not as abundant as elsewhere, but the many wrecks make up for it. You can now find more Bulgarian dive centres at
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/europe/bulgaria-diving.html

For regular announcements of what’s new at the SCUBA Travel site see our Twitter feed, Google+ or Facebook pages.


Letters

Diving Ibiza

My husband and I are going on holiday to Ibiza second week of October. Can anyone recommend good diving spots and dive charters around that area?
Sandra Brink

Any suggestions for Sandra e-mail us or post at the Google+ SCUBA Travel reviews community

Marine Life App

Does anyone know a good marine life encyclopedia that can be added as an app to iPad 3? I’m struggling to find one
Dave Norton

Similarly, if you can help Dave e-mail us or post at the Google+ SCUBA Travel reviews community


Book Review: Reef Fishes of Oman

Reef Fishes of Oman

Reef Fishes of Oman
by Richard Field, 2013, e-book.
99 pages, Eur 5.99

For marine-life lovers, the diving in Oman sounds irresistible, with huge schools of fish and as many as 1500 different species. This photographic identification guide doesn’t attempt to cover all 1500, but features 385 of those you are most likely to see.

The book starts with a description of the three seas bordering Oman: the Arabian Gulf to the North (known as the Persian Gulf in many countries), the Gulf of Oman to the East and the Arabian Sea to the south. I would have liked a map to be included to more easily visualise the area. The useful introduction tells you where you can see the highest diversity of fish, and recommends various diving areas. Some technical details follow on the naming and biology of fish. Then comes the meat of the book – the photos and descriptions of the fishes.

Thoughtfully written, the guide is very good at pointing out subtle differences between species which at first glance appear identical. It also adds habitat information. Where a juvenile fish looks different to the adult, the author includes a photo of the fish in its early and late stages. He takes great pains to get the juvenile shot, going so far as to rear an unidentified young fish in his aquarium so that he can observe its development, until it reaches a recognisable adult stage.

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When a fish is similar to its Red Sea counterpart, this is made clear. The Two-tone Chromis of Oman (Chromis fieldi), for example, is a different species to the Twotone Chromis of the Red Sea (C. dimidiata), but extremely similar in appearance. Indeed, the Omani species was only scientifically recognised this year (by Randall and diBattista). Was the fish named after the author, Richard Field?

The book is arranged, like others of the genre, into families of fishes: stingrays, moray eels (lots of them), groupers etc.

Yellowbar Angelfish I especially liked the sometimes quirky descriptions – the splodge of the Yellowbar angelfish resembles “a country map” and a parrotfish is “buck toothed”. I also love the fact that the author has included a species of Torpedo ray for which he has no name. Indeed he states that it might be as yet undescribed. And this isn’t the only one, there is also an as yet scientifically un-named stingray and moray eel pictured and commented upon.

The author not only provides unambiguous identification notes, but also very interesting comments on behaviour and lifestyle. The Rockmover Wrasse “searches for prey, usually in pairs, on sandy substrates, by pushing over rubble and debris to reveal the crabs and molluscs that they feed on. They are usually accompanied by opportunist goatfish. The young appear to imitate floating algae.

Some photos look a little murky, due apparently to the waters of southern Oman being very “green”, but they are clear enough for identification purposes. The majority of the photos are of the fish in their natural habitat, giving an accurate representation of what you might see.

 

Where reference books are concerned, I have always preferred a hard copy to a digitised version. This one, though, has removed many of my predjuces. You can download the pdf book to an iPad, iPhone, Laptop or Android. It is also readable on a Kindle. Additionally I tried it on a Blackberry playbook – but was unable to read it on that device.

Richard Field packs exactly what you need to know to identify a species into just a few entertaining sentences.

I can thoroughly recommend this book. I enjoyed the author’s style of writing and his keenly observed remarks. At less than 6 Euro I’d urge anyone visiting Oman to buy this book.

About the Author

Richard Field’s interest in marine life started when he worked for the Eastern Telegraph Company in Port Sudan in the 1960’s. He spent his leisure hours free diving and spear fishing. Inspired by Hans Hass’s book Under the Red Sea, Richard bought a camera for £10 and designed and built an underwater camera housing using surplus telegraphic equipment.

The author subsequently worked in Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. In 1998, together with his wife Mary, he wrote his first book Reef Fishes of the Red Sea. He is a regular contributor of photographs to Fish Base and to ARKive.

Reef Fishes of Oman is available for 5.99 Euro from Reef Fishes of Arabia. You must click the “Return to derenyimaria @ yahoo.co.uk” link to be directed to the download page.


Creature of the Month: Soft Coral, Dendronephthya hemprichi

“Like rich rosettes of royal velvet, they decorate the rusting iron, transforming the unromantic metal stanchions into pillars that would grace a palace”

Thus wrote Robert Gibbings on observing soft corals for the first time on his visit to Hurghada. His words are as true today as when he wrote them in 1938.

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coral, Dendronephthya hemprichi

This gorgeous soft coral is Dendronephthya hemprichi, growing on the wreck of the Carnatic in the Red Sea. This species is a pioneer settler. It can clone small fragments of itself with root-like processes that quickly attach to artificial structures like wrecks. Especially vertical projecyions.

Pink Soft coral, Dendronephtya
hemprichi on the Numidia wreck

D. hemprichi on the Numidia wreck

As well as cloning itself, this soft coral reproduces sexually year round. They don’t have synchronised broadcast spawning episodes, as many other corals do. They also reproduce at a younger age than other corals. Spawning occurs after sunset and continues until 2 am.

Unusually, D. hemprichi doesn’t depend on symbiotic algae: it is azooxanthellate (asymbiotic). Instead it feeds almost exclusively on phytoplankton. Eight feathery tentacles surround the coral’s mouth and whip food into it. Relatively recent data on soft corals indicates that they feed on very small plankton such as single-celled algae, rather than larger particles as had previously been thought.

Yellow Soft coral, Dendronephtya
hemprichi

Close-up of soft coral with tentacles out

According to the Encyclopedia of Life, Dendronephthya are among the most commonly traded soft corals. Between 1988 and 2002 at least 12,618 were sold globally (the U.S. was the largest importer, with 51% of the total Dendronephthya trade). However, corals in this genus are poor choices for aquarium hobbyists. They generally die within a few weeks, mainly because they rely exclusively on filtering food from the water.

One of the Nephtheidae family, the soft coral takes in sea water to expand its body before feeding. This builds up a positive pressure inside the coral that supports the branches and trunk.

Red Soft coral on Daedelus Reef

Soft corals are not reef-building, although they do secrete limestone. In their case this is as internal crystals called sclerites or spicules. Because soft corals do not have large skeletons, they grow faster than hard corals

Soft coral on reef

You find Dendronephthya hemprichi in the Red Sea from around 11 to 32 m, standing out from walls and wrecks in currents.

Phylum: Cnidaria > Class: Anthozoa > Subclass: Octocorallia > Order: Alcyonacea

Further Reading
Blue Angels and Whales, by Robert Gibbings 1938
K Fabricus, Y Benayahu, A Genin, Herbivory in Asymbiotic Soft Corals. Science, April 1995, Volume 268
M Dahan, Y Benayahu. Clonal propagation by azooxanthellate octocoral Dendronephthya hemprichi. Coral Reefs (1997) 16:5-12
U. Oren, Y. Benayahu, Transplantation of juvenile corals: a new approach for enhancing colonization of artificial reefs. Marine Biology, February 1997, Volume 127, Issue 3, pp 499-505


Diving News From Around the World

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Hong Kong government removes shark fins from their table

The government of Hong Kong is issuing a shark fin and bluefin tuna ban for their official dining.

Biologists try anti-terror technology to spy on corals

Techniques that can pick a terrorist out of a crowd are being adapted for underwater images, producing data on reefs in record time. The computer correctly identified corals versus other materials like rock, sand or algae between 92 and 95 percent of the time, the researchers said. Within corals, it correctly assigned the coral’s genus — the biological classification level above species — 97 percent of the time.

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Blobfish wins ugliest animal vote

The grumpy-looking, gelatinous blobfish has won a public vote to become the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.

Why are some corals flourishing in a time of global warming?

As hard corals decline, gorgonians seem to proliferate – at least in the Caribbean. New study to investigate how gorgonian numbers have changed and why.

Tropical storms stir up trouble for coral reefs

As if tropical storms didn’t get enough of a bad press, it now seems they can ramp up ocean acidification, putting the world’s coral reefs under even greater pressure.

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Wake up and smell the reef: Fish larvae sniff their way back home

Study shows that reef fish larvae can smell the presence of coral reefs from as far as several kilometers offshore, and use this odour to find home.

Deep-sea squid uses tentacles to attract prey

Mysterious cephalopod’s fragile arms lure its food close enough for killing.

Walking shark moves with ping-pong paddle fins

A new species of walking shark has been spotted hobbling along the ocean floor off the coast of Halmahera island in Indonesia.

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Calling British Divers: RNLI Diver Safety Survey needs You

Last year in the UK, divers reported 314 diving incidents. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) volunteer lifeboat crews have rescued 96 divers and saved 13 divers’ lives in the past five years. The RNLI are currently conducting a survey of divers based in Britain. They want to hear from divers of all levels of experience, even those who haven’t dived in the British Isles recently.

Manila Accuses China of Building on Disputed Reef

The Philippines says it has spotted dozens of concrete blocks it believes may be the beginning of a Chinese construction project on a disputed group of reefs in the South China Sea.

Ocean Advocates push for Bermuda Marine Reserve

“Blue Halo” plan would create a vast reserve in ecologically rich waters which would safeguard significant parts of the Sargasso Sea, a 2 million-square-mile body of warm water in the Atlantic that is a major habitat and nursery for numerous marine species.

Undersea mountains provide crucial piece in climate prediction puzzle

A mystery in the ocean near Antarctica has been solved by researchers who have long puzzled over how deep and mid-depth ocean waters are mixed. They found that sea water mixes dramatically as it rushes over undersea mountains in Drake Passage – the channel between the southern tip of South America and the Antarctic continent. Mixing of water layers in the oceans is crucial in regulating the Earth’s climate and ocean currents. The research provides insight for climate models which until now have lacked the detailed information on ocean mixing needed to provide accurate long-term climate projections.


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