“Breaking Through” // My bubbles carve a tunnel through the bigeye trevally Jack school of Cabo Pulmo as I attempt to wrap my lens around one of the ocean’s stunning modern spectacles, one I hope everyone can see. Yet as words and images get out about it, Cabo Pulmo is changing. The same slippery struggles of resource management, enforcement and crowding that all the world’s popular places are facing are starting to slither into that quiet Baja town. Nothing unfamiliar to those of us born to a world of permit applications to travel popular trails to poo in the woods, but a sign that the lot of us are inventing sustainable ocean-watching in real time, and that as travelers and guests to these amazing places, our attitudes will help inform their future. If we show up demanding the jacks, or the sharks, or this reef, or that wreck, someone will eventually take our money to shirk, push and break the rules. Ocean On Demand catered to Do You Even Ocean Instagram culture is and will continue to cause problems for living resources on their own schedules. Much like the commercial fishing that preceded it, using Cabo Pulmo as a content mine to extract from may well deplete her reefs again. And in this I am deeply conflicted. On the plane home I read a bit of Rickettsian philosophy, and as I understand it now, in it there’s a frame that soothes my mind. Ricketts identified four steps in poetic vision. A first that sees this jack school for its unlimited beauty. The second that sees this jack school as not beautiful, but the paltry leftovers of what was the aquarium of the world stressed now by a new economy. The third acknowledges the new sad beauty of this Jack school as the good thing itself, the bad thing that allows us to know it a necessary component of knowing its good. And the fourth is the realization of the “is” of the school, simply as so, the good and bad being the same exactly and being necessarily good because of it. In the “is” of modern Cano Pulmo is profound beauty and tragedy past and perhaps future, all a part of each other. May we see the “is” and know it, as we move onward ever and ever.
When was the last time you set-up your own dive gear?
If you’re a regular visitor to South East Asia, then it’s possible that the last time was during your Open Water course! It’s customary here for dive guides to set up their divers’ equipment and sometimes even analyse their nitrox tanks.
As much as I enjoy this luxury myself whilst on dive holidays in Asia, I always make sure that I check my own gear before even thinking about entering the water with it, and I never let my guide analyse my gases. My dive gear is my only lifeline underwater, and I don’t take that lightly.
If it’s been a while since you’ve set-up your dive equipment, why not sign up for a refresher on your next dive trip? Every diver should be responsible for their own gear, and knowing it a little better will help you stay safer, and will also make your insurance company happy, too. 😁
Please note: during courses and for technical diving, you should ALWAYS be setting up and testing your own equipment.
Thanks @thescubamermaid for sharing this beautiful moments with us!
Shore Dive! 😁
These coral ledges make for great diving, but tough dinghy anchoring...
This spot has a coral garden that formed between 2 islands, connecting them under shallow water.. one side of the reef slopes into the anchorage, the other side drops deep into the Pacific ocean 💦👍 So we beached the dinghy and swam through the waves crashing on the reef (which was a bit rough on our gear as we got smashed a few times on our way out 😅🤣) but it was totally worth it once we got to the other side! 🙌🤷♀️😎
Winter is coming! ~ along with the cold fronts sweeping through, these adorable sea potatoes are going to be blessing our waterways. Stay vigilant on the water, and please be careful if you are operating a boat! 💙
This photo was taken using the @sonyalpha A6500 with a 16mm + 0.75x wide angle lens, inside the @fantasea_line FA 6500 housing.
Another epic #meetup for the #Justgetwet & @diveviz tribe yesterday. It was an amazing day of #freediving at #LaJollaShores , with beautiful visibility, some new students crushing their FII Level 1 Freediver class, and a great group of people hitting personal bests and refining their freediving form. Solid day in the water for our snorkel groups that went out and plenty of sun for our afternoon cookout sesh! Loving living in #SanDiego and having such a welcoming dive community!
Coral reefs are a food resource for sea turtles. Did you know what sea turtles’ memories are “imprinted” with a magnetic map of the beaches where they hatch? That’s how they can return to the same site a decade later. The temperature of the waters determine the sex of sea turtles (anything above 29.1°C produce females while cooler temps produce males); rising temperatures would disturb the natural gender ratio which is a worry to the longevity of many of the marine turtles species (@wwf). Plastic pollution in our waters are also affecting this species negatively. Organizations such as @turtle.foundation, @uniofqld, @conserveturtles, @seaturtlefoundation,@hawaiiwildlifefund and more! are finding ways for species conservation through education, research, and advocacy.
Opportunities for volunteering for the conservation and recovery of sea turtle populations are also available with: @southcarolinaaquarium @barbadosseaturtle @see_turtles @go.eco @ningalooturtleprogram
I give you the Dascyllus reticulatus, commonly known as the two-stripe damselfish even though it has two bars, not stripes. Gotta love vernacular names!
I had a great 2 hour solo(-ish) dive on the wreck of the Rio de Janeiro which was once a passenger liner, then submarine tender, then transport for troops and weapons during WWII. While the wreck is pretty cool, the diversity of the marine life living in all the nooks and crannies was even cooler.