Part 1: The Gentle Giants. The IUCN Red list of threatened species indicates that approximately 447 marine species are currently listed as endangered, of which 188 are in critical condition. Taking a look at the 12 most endangered marine mammals, we discuss the causes of their depletion and their current major threats.0 4
In May, the Kuroshio current flows northeast of Japan, bringing warm temperatures, clear water and plenty of marine life. Off Miyakejima south of Tokyo, the Bigfin Reef Squid begin to spawn...1 3
Keep your hands and fins to yourself! Potentially venomous creatures abound within competitive coral reef ecosystems. Most species are harmless if you leave them alone. One of the most important scuba diving rules is to simply not touch anything.0 1
Whale Sharks are the largest fish in the world. Around the April, May and June full moons are the opportune times to swim with these gentle giants. The whale sharks filter feed and mate around some of the best dive sites off Belize offering an amazing experience.0 2
On the reefs of the Pacific, twilight marks the beginning of the mandarinfish courtship dance. A male begins dancing, and if he’s desirable, an interested female will join. Just before the sun sets, the two fish will rise up out of the reef together to mate, cheek-to-cheek.0 6
When boy meets girl in the world of seahorses a beautiful and often extensive courtship occurs. They change colors and entwine their tails. Then they rise off the seafloor and the female deposits her eggs into the male’s pouch. Wait…the male gets pregnant? Keep reading for more on seahorse love.1 8
Scuba Diving wouldn’t be as interesting without all the beautiful and unique sea creatures that inhabit the underwater world. Our fascination of this world stems from the fact that sea animals are not part of our natural habitats, and if it weren’t for diving, our chances of crossing paths with them are minimal to none.
Think of scuba diving as a humbling experience; going from our world, where we are the dominant species, to a world where we are so insignificant. While swimming in the depths of the ocean, you feel how insignificant you are by the way sea creatures view and react to you. Some sea animals will simply swim by you, ignoring your presence. Others will approach you out of curiosity, wondering what sea creature you are- being just as fascinated by you as you are with them- and then just go about their day. Other interactions, of course, can take place, either friendly or unfriendly. Regardless, you are merely a visitor in the underwater world.
We don’t belong in the ocean, which is why some people are so afraid or anxious to dive and step out of their natural habitat. Scuba divers, on the other hand, are overly curious and adventurous, and step out of their comfort zone with every dive to see what we can’t see on the surface. They love to bring back stories and underwater photographs of the marine life they’ve encountered.
As divers ourselves, we hope that our stories and photos of sea animals entertain and excite you, and leave you wanting to step out of your comfort zone and pay these sea creatures a visit!
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