In my inbox today was this video of a remarkable bit of animal behaviour captured on video. It shows the famous manta night dive in Hawai’i interrupted by a dolphin, which seems to solicit help from a diver for a case of fishing line entanglement. The dolphin holds patiently still while the diver carefully removes . . . → Read More: Extraordinary dolphin footage
Coral reefs are famous for their beautiful colours, but in fact when I visit them I am usually surprised how colourful reefs AREN’T. Most healthy corals have a sort of dusty tan or pink hue to them, and it’s only on reefs with particularly high coral cover, superb water clarity and bright overhead sun that . . . → Read More: TGIF – The spectacular fluorescent colours of Coral Reefs
Big tip ‘o the hat to @RebeccaRHelm on Twitter for sharing this beautiful video with great music on it. Make sure you stick with the video to about 2/3′s of the way through to see what happens to the jelly! Video information: United States Antarctic Program divers, Henry Kaiser and Rob Robbins, both videotape . . . → Read More: Beneath Antarctic Ice: Gelatinous Edition
Science is about discovery, observation and understanding, but it doesn’t always proceed smoothly and inexorably towards success. Real science, especially RealBiology®, is often messy and complicated, and the real challenge of being a biologist is distilling out of that sloppy chaos some meaningful patterns that might advance the field. I am with a team from . . . → Read More: Notes from the field: Mexico whale shark research 2012
Anybody know where I can get one of these?
I was very excited when Pelfusion posted 35 Underwater Photographs That Stand Out. Unfortunately most of the photographs feature models underwater in flowing dresses or pseudocharismatic large cats. Far less than half of the photographs contain the actual denizens of the sea. What’s up with that? So without further delay, DSN introduces our ten favorite . . . → Read More: 11 Ocean Photographers You Should Know
Hat tip to Boing Boing. From the Norwegian fishwrapper Aftenposten (click here for autotranslation, although the headline really translates more to “Who is hunting Google with pitchforks?”). Also, if you go on Google Maps and click down to street view you can see in subsequent images the van getting chased down the street by . . . → Read More: Norwegian SCUBA Divers Drive Off Google Van with Pitchforks
Life Magazine’s website has pictures up from a 1954 photo shoot of the Disney movie adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It is amazing to see how far SCUBA and underwater filming has come in 55 years! 20,000 Leagues is perhaps one of the most formative components to my interest in marine . . . → Read More: Filming 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Scubacraft 3 in submersible mode Boat…check. Submarine…check. Scuba platform…check. Submarine , boat, and dive platform…check. The Scubacraft 3 and 6 are the newest ultimate watercraft. Price tag? Well, that is not important right now. What is important is that this is on Dr. M’s Christmas wishlist. The SC’s are advanced twin-tunnel composite hull and deliver . . . → Read More: Submersible or Boat? Both!
…and I thought I was burdened with gear 837lb diving suite designed by the Carmagnolle brothers in 1882 The sole example of this steampunkesque diving suit appears Musée de la Marine in Paris. Built by Alphonse and Theodore Carmagnolle with 20 portholes the entire suite weighs in at 837 pounds. You can get a bit . . . → Read More: 19th Century Scuba