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Tag: Conservation

We Are Water

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd November 2018

  Text and Photography by Jill Heinerth The bright lights attached to the Betacam broadcast camera snapped to life and the news show’s producer exchanged a nod with the cameraman. A local translator deciphered the meteoric Spanish into broken English and awaited my response. I had just climbed 6,000 …

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Love is in the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th November 2018

Far beneath the waves, glistening under the new moon, the mood strikes right for two fish in love. Swimming side by side and holding tails, seahorses engage in a ritual of love that is both fascinating and magical. Seahorses, named for their “horse-like” head, are actually fish despite their …

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Alaska’s Prince William Sound

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2015

Text and Photography by Andy Murch Just after midnight on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef near Port Fidalgo, spilling more than 260,000 barrels of Alaskan crude oil into the pristine waters of Prince William Sound. Oil bled from the ruptured hull for three days until emergency …

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Destination Diving Meets Ecotourism

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2015

Text by Jean-Michel Cousteau Three flights from Santa Barbara, California, to Barbados, followed by a 45 minute single propeller plane ride to Union Island, a brisk 20-minute boat ride across the southern Caribbean’s turquoise water to a lush green mountain rising steadily from a seemingly endless ocean, I finally …

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New Scuba Dive British Columbia Video Released

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd April 2015

The Dive Industry Association of British Columbia (DIABC) announced the online release of a new video promoting scuba diving in Beautiful British Columbia. Funded in partnership by the DIABC and Destination BC, and produced by BC’s own SeaproofTV, the video is an exciting 3 minute look at the Canadian …

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Adopt a manatee for Valentines Day

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th January 2015

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and what better gift to get your loved one, than a manatee. Ok, so not a manatee per se, that would be cruel. But an adopted gentle giant they you can follow, support and love! Whether you’re buying for your wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend, …

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Fifteen Years of Ocean Celebration

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st January 2015

Text by Jean-Michel Cousteau Twenty fourteen is a special year for Ocean Futures Society – this year we are celebrating our 15th anniversary: 15 years of ocean advocacy through our award-winning films and educational programs that teach and inspire us all to protect our ocean planet.  These past 15 …

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The Great Escape: The Turtle Hatchlings of Little Cayman

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th October 2014

Volunteer payoff as turtle hatchlings high tail it for the sea On a quiet Little Cayman beach this July 5th, a small group of excited – and lucky – turtle watch volunteers witnessed the hatching of the island’s first turtle nest of the season. It was a rare event …

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Finding Franklin

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd October 2014

The Franklin ship discovered in early September by the 2014 search team in the Canadian arctic has been identified as HMS Erebus, the flagship of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 two-ship expedition and the vessel directly under his command.  HMS Terror, remains to be found. The confirmation was made by …

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Cayman Divers Restore Damaged Reef

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th September 2014

In the waters off George Town, Grand Cayman, a group of approximately 50 volunteer divers led by local dive operators, and guided by the Cayman Islands Department of Environment (DOE), are working tirelessly to repair a coral reef severely damaged by a cruise ship anchor in mid-August. Working in …

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Canaries of Climate Change

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th September 2014

Text by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jaclyn Mandoske Ten million people of the Pacific Island Nations are calling – and we have yet to answer their plea. Like the canary in the coalmine, thousands of drowning islands in the Pacific are telling us that something dangerous is happening. As ocean …

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Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th September 2014

Since we wrote our Netflix for Divers feature, a new, feature length documentary from the Oscar winning producer of The Cove has been released. Mission Blue focusses on famed oceanographer and eco-activist Sylvia Earle, and her mission to educate the world about our oceans and their importance to all life on …

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Cousteaus Carry On

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd September 2014

A third generation of diving’s famous family follows in the footsteps of pioneering grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau  ByJean-Michel Cousteau As a proud father, I always look forward to watching the accomplishments of my children and these past two months of May and June proved to be an amazing milestone for …

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Cousteau Mission 31

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd September 2014

Recalls pioneering Conshelf experiments At press time the saturation diving component of Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 had just  completed. The son of DIVER columnist Jean-Michel Cousteau, and grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien spearheaded the initiative, underscoring the human-ocean connection through the lens of exploration and discovery. Along with two …

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A Whale of a Dive

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th August 2014

Scientists have recently revealed the true champion of the deep Even the whale watchers among us are impressed by the scientific revelations released recently by cetacean researchers at the Cascadia Research Collective (CRC) in Olympia, Washington. They’ve been studying Cuvier’s beaked whales over the past few years and what …

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Lessons from Fukushima

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th June 2014

ByJean-Michel Cousteau My concern about the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant continues as news from many sources continues to pour in.  Sadly, not much of it is good news and, even worse, some of what I hear is sensationalized.  Radioactivity continues to be released into the ocean …

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Architecture for Harmony in the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 25th April 2014

ByJean-Michel Cousteau As an architecture student, I learned that good design is usually derived from shapes found in nature. Pure geometry is interesting enough, but it is cold. There is logic and proportion in living organisms that has the capacity to fill us with joy. My favorite shape was …

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Zalinski Less Threatening

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd April 2014

Tonnes of fuel oil were recovered from the aging wreck but the Coast Guard says it will monitor the remote site for leakage Text by Robert Osborne Grenville Channel is the very epitome of west coast beauty. Rugged, heavily forested mountain slopes plunge precipitously into the deep, dark water …

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News Briefs – Women Divers, Alvin, PADI hero

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

Women Divers Deck the Halls Six new members were inducted into the prestigious Women Divers Hall of Fame on March 29 at the Beneath the Sea Awards Banquet. Barbara Allen: Pioneer, Instructor, Ocean Advocate. Kristine Barsky: Marine Biologist, Environmentalist, Author, Videographer. Emma L. Hickerson: Marine Researcher, Science Interpreter, Photographer. …

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Bicentennial Survey a First

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st October 2013

First magnetometer survey of Hamilton and Scourge may reveal new debris field artefacts of the Lake Ontario heritage wrecks Text and Photos by Joseph Frey   Sailing out of Ontario’s historic Port Dalhousie on a glorious late June morning I imagine the treed shoreline of western Lake Ontario looks …

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Pipeline Foils Hopes for a Sustainable Future

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2013

ByJean-Michel Cousteau Nearly 40,000 people gathered in front of the White House in Washington D.C. on Sunday, February 17, 2013 for the largest protest in U.S. history to address global climate change and the hopes for a sustainable future.  The fight is against the Keystone XL Pipeline, a proposed …

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Diving Lake Minnewanka

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th June 2012

Lake Minnewanka has a rich history. There are recorded archaeological sites showing pre-contact occupations that cover an entire 10,000 year period. Artifacts have been found from the early, middle and late pre-contact periods. The Minnewanka site is one of a series of such early sites in the lower Bow …

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DIVER news round up: Friday 17th

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th February 2012

DIVER magazine scours the internet so you don’t have to. Simply browse our selection of todays top stories and click for further reading… Researchers from the University of British Columbia have been using Google Earth to investigate fish enclosures of the Mediterranean. Read Article. Source: New Scientist Could mobile …

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Salmon: Lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau The biological clock of the Pacific Northwest is set to the rhythm of the ebb and flow of five different species of Pacific salmon: Chinook, Chum, Coho, Sockeye and Pink. Preparing to spawn, adult salmon travel upstream from the open ocean along coastal rivers and streams. …

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DIVER news round up: Wednesday 15th

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th February 2012

DIVER magazine scours the internet so you don’t have to. Simply browse our selection of todays top stories and click for further reading… This round up of “Little known facts about the ocean” has some great statistics. Read article. Source: Marinebio Post Valentines Day blues? Maybe this picture of …

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State of the Ocean

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau Beginnings are always a time for renewal and optimism and the debut of 2010 is a good time to consider what we are faced with that concerns the ocean and the environment. The meetings on climate change in Copenhagen must now result in global policy change, …

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When the Sea Reacts

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau I have traveled most of my life and have seen changes in the sea that no one, not even my brilliant father, could have predicted.  Jacques Cousteau, however, did point the direction on many things—the danger of nuclear waste, overfishing, habitat destruction, even the high cost …

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Perfect in purple

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th February 2012

Winter diving along Canada’s Pacific shore has its benefits and principal among them is the astonishingly clear water to be enjoyed much of the time by scuba enthusiasts up and down the length of the British Columbia coast. As temperatures cool and summer plankton blooms die off, underwater photographers …

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The Value of Biodiversity

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau Imagine you have just returned from a life-changing dive trip to an absolutely magnificent island chain surrounded by the most beautiful reefs you have ever seen. Immersion in this candy store of luscious treats has given you a deep connection to the miraculous wonder of life …

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Red Irish Lord

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th February 2012

Ablaze with what appears the reflection of a dazzling fireworks display, the eyes of a Red Irish Lord (Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus) add to the brilliant colouration of this striking species of sculpin. Its typically vivid coat can vary from hues of orange through red to magenta and into striking pinks …

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Bow Rider

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th February 2012

The Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus oblquidens) is among the most social and playful of marine mammals in British Columbia waters.  During autumn large numbers of them often move into the Johnstone Strait, off the northern coast of Vancouver Island, where they feed on large schools of herring and pilchards …

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: What Have We Learned?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau It will take years, maybe even decades, before we know the full impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but we will begin to get a sense of just how far-reaching its effects are as the first round of wintering migratory birds makes their way through …

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The Truth About Sunscreens and Coral Reefs

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau It’s often called ‘The Law of Unintended Consequences’. The simple explanation for this law is when we do something we believe is good or helpful but there is a counter, unexpected reaction that is not always so good. That is exactly the case with human sunscreens …

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Making the Connection: Ice Cover in the Arctic

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau It is widely accepted scientific knowledge that climate change has drastically accelerated rates of ice melt all over the planet, contributing to sea level rise.  This is only part of the story, however. Like the visible part of an iceberg, it represents only a small part of …

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Sharks at Risk

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th February 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau

 The ocean’s supreme hunter cleaves through the sea in dauntless pursuit of his prey. At the top of the food chain, he fears no other species. Using cunning and relentless force, he tracks his quarry, which can only feebly resist. He has one mission and one …

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Playful Pod

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd February 2012

  Perfectly ‘synched’, these Pacific White-Sided Dolphins (Lagenorhynchus oblquidens) gracefully paced our boat as we motored across Blackfish Sound near Port McNeil on Vancouver Island’s rugged north coast. These playful and social marine mammals are a favorite in British Columbia’s Emerald Sea, and encounters such as this are among …

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