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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

The boys are back in town

Tropical storm Alberto has passed us by and the persistent rain and winds have abated leaving a calm and serene landscape to go diving in. No need to ask twice! And away we go. 

A very mild Northerly current and pretty decent vis combined to make an enjoyable dive this morning. Spot and Brutus made a late arrival to the scene but I couldn't blame them as it's been a while since they last saw us. 

The three amigos. Brutus was just out of frame on this one.
 Still getting a handle on the new strobes but it's getting there. Output and coverage are different compared to the Z240's so getting to know what I can and can't do with them is taking a little time......

A quick stop at Amphitrite followed by a couple of laps around the Nicholson for good measure was our starter for ten, followed by a leisurely bimble over to the main wall. A good few turtles and eagle rays cruising around but too far off in the distance to bother trying to get a shot of. 


 The scenery on the main wall proved to be as colourful and vibrant as I remember is to be with ample opportunity to set up a couple of test shots.


 There was a huge amount of flamingo tongue cowries out today and a large percentage of them were happily romping over the sand and generally having fun.


We also had a smattering of blennies, barber and pederson shrimps hidden away among  hard corals in the shallows like hidden little treasures just waiting to be discovered.






And there's also been quite a lot of squid activity recently as well with squadrons of squid buzzing divers with their synchronised low flying antics which is always amusing to watch, much less photograph.






Thursday, 10 May 2018

Coming back to life

It's a been a long time. In between visits to home, family, etc the main thing I've been waiting on are my new strobes from Inon. And finally they have arrived. It's only taken 6 months for them to get their fingers out and get them shipped. 

Full shake down test will be happening this Sunday. And there's more articles popping up in Diver magazine in the next few months. Watch this space.


 


Thursday, 22 March 2018

The fish aren't biting today

Something you've always wanted to see but didn't know it. Angler fish mating.

Link: HERE

Scientists had never actually seen these creatures mate in the wild, but sadly, that’s no longer case. As Katie Langin reports in Science Magazine, this unprecedented footage was captured by wildlife filmmakers Kirsten and Joachim Jakobsen, a wife and husband team who were exploring an area near the Azores on behalf of the Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation when they came across the sexy scene.



“I’ve been studying these [animals] for most of my life and I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Ted Pietsch, a deep-sea fish researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Most of what we know about deep-sea anglerfish comes from dead animals pulled up in nets. Scientists have identified more than 160 species, but only a handful of videos exist—and this is the first to show a sexually united pair. “So you can see how rare and important this discovery is,” Pietsch says. “It was really a shocker for me.”






Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Midnight at the lost and found

Another sunken treasure decides to reveal itself to world again after nearly 76 years in hiding. There's so much more of the ocean to explore, preserve and conserve for future generations.

Link: HERE

"The USS Lexington, a US aircraft carrier lost during the 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea, has been discovered by a team of civilian researchers off the north-east coast of Australia.
The Lexington was discovered on Sunday, March 4, by Vulcan Inc., a company chaired by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. A search team aboard the Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel found the ship—one of the United States’ first aircraft carriers—about 500 miles (800 km) from the Australian east coast, and at a depth of two miles (3 km). The ship went down in May 1942 after a four-day battle against three Japanese aircraft carriers."