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Obituary: Rest in pieces

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th November 2018

By Jill Heinerth Sadly, the global community lost a stalwart pillar of strength when the B-15 iceberg, known to scientists as “Godzilla” passed away from natural causes. After 18 years adrift in the southern extremes of Antarctica, the final shards were reported as “no longer large enough to be …

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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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Florida Keys Annual Coral Spawning

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th August 2015

One of the most spectacular but little known events along the Florida reefs—as well as around the world—is the annual synchronized spawning of corals. Yes, corals do have sex to reproduce and to observers it looks like a brilliant underwater fireworks display.  In the middle of the night several …

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Hammered on Bimini: Getting shark-faced in the Bahamas

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st November 2014

Text and Photography by Andy Murch You would think that a large, globally occurring species like the great hammerhead would be a relatively easy shark to encounter but until a couple of years ago that simply wasn’t the case. Shark diving operators in the Bahamas and elsewhere raved about …

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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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BIG PICTURE: Fisheye Forest

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th October 2014

Text and Photograph by Andy Murch While hunting for skates on a featureless sea floor around Madrona Point on southern Vancouver Island, B.C., I came across this sunken tree trunk with its cover of  gigantic orange plumose anemones. These anemones are usually white, but under certain environmental conditions (like …

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Are fish more than a menu item?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th September 2014

A new study suggests fish are behaviourally complex and possess a mental capacity that can match or exceed other vertebrates A paper just published in the scientific journal Animal Cognition states that “fish perception and cognitive abilities often match or exceed other vertebrates.” Dr. Culum Brown, a professor in the …

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The BIG Picture: Making Waves

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th August 2014

Text and Photograph by David Fleetham As a rule, waves can be tricky to shoot underwater. In the shallow surf zone it’s not unusual that you’ll take a bit of a beating in the quest for a worthy wave shot, but this image at the Molokini Marine Preserve near …

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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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Exploring Indonesia’s Ancient Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th August 2014

Site of the country’s largest marine park, Cenderawasih Bay boasts endemic species and biodiversity that make it unique in the world ocean and worthy of your dive site bucket list Text and Photography by Michael AW Rising above an indigo sea, the fog-shrouded Arfak Mountains evoke the image of …

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Secret Ocean 3D

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th July 2014

ByJean-Michel Cousteau and Jaclyn Mandoske Gaze across the glistening sea and watch as the sun’s rays glimmer and bounce off the ocean waves. Water covers more than two-thirds of our planet, and yet the world below the surface of the world’s oceans is still mysterious to us – from …

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Alien Poser

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd April 2014

The Caribbean reef squid is a shooter’s delight and challenge Text and Photograph by David Fleetham In many areas of the world squid can be very difficult to locate during the day; not around the island of Bonaire. The Caribbean reef squid population at this diver-friendly island can be …

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Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th July 2012

Dive into the underwater wilderness of the Pacific Northwest in this new book then grab your gear and go get wet! Photo by David Hall   David Hall’s sumptuous volume, Beneath Cold Seas, is a celebration of British Columbia diving and a perfect fit for this, DIVER’s first Big …

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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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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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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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The Big Flush

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th February 2012

Two hundred billion gallons of foaming seawater swirl through Sechelt Rapids on each turn of the tide in this constricted, islet-strewn passage on Canada’s Pacific coast. In the aerial view to the northwest, looking from Sechelt Inlet toward Jervis Inlet, a 13.5 knot ebb roars through the shallow gap. …

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On The Commute

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th February 2012

Every autumn sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) enter British Columbia’s Fraser River and battle their way hundreds of miles upstream to spawn in the big river’s countless tributaries.  Of these the Adams River run is arguably the best known.  A dominant run occurs every four years and after several dismal …

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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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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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DIVER news round up: Monday 30th

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th January 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… Beneath The Waves Film Festival 2012 is now open for submissions. If you have a marine/ocean orientated film (not necessarily underwater), under ten minutes long then …

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The Divine Secrets of the She-P Sisterhood

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th January 2012

Seduced by the call of the deep, technical divers Heleen and Laura face-off with that most fundamental challenge of extended duration diving: the call of nature. With their solution in hand – well, not so much – word is now spreading and the sisterhood, to no one’s surprise, is …

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Dining Out with Sacred Cows

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th January 2012

He’s not a shark expert, hasn’t studied their behaviour, and doesn’t champion their cause, although he was once bumped by a shark not looking where it was going. Good job our man Sawyer doesn’t bear a grudge. Text by H.E. Sawyer  – Illustration by Peter Dahl-Collins I’m sorry, but …

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Do You Believe in Magic?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th January 2012

Mix bottlenose dolphins, a reef in Eilat, Morad, a severely traumatized teenage boy, Assad, his Middle Eastern father who drops his ‘male ego’ to save his son, and Dr. Ilan Kutz, a psychiatrist open to alternative therapies, and what do you get? Dolphin Boy, an amazingly poignant, yet thought-provoking …

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The Great Migration

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st January 2011

Though modest in appearance and size, this food chain favourite is at the centre of a continuum oceanic in its scale and unforgiving in its nature. Text and Photography by Michael AW   Even the simple sardine is capable of greatness. Collectively, and I’m talking more than a family …

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th October 2009

Two hundred years after his birth, Darwin’s Pacific has become a vortex of trash in the northern ocean where plastic refuse outweighs even the plankton. Text by Marie Freebody   Party Guest: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening?” Benjamin Braddock: …

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