Monday, 12 December 2016

Why Go Underwater?

The Sea: the greatest amusement park of planet Earth

Have you ever imagined an alternate world, where you can fly between mountain peaks, do somersaults with strange creatures, without ever falling? A world full of dreamlike beings, where you feel weightless, but you don't need a spaceship to get there? Well, that world really exists, and it's much closer than a weird planet in a faraway universe; that world is the Sea: the greatest amusement park of planet Earth.

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Friday, 30 September 2016

the most famous wreck in the world

In The Silent World, by Louis Malle, Captain Albert Falco dives for the first time ever on a wreck sunk in the Red Sea during World War II, and the shot of the ship's bell with the name Thistlegorm becomes instantly legendary. Packed with motorcycles, trucks, sidecars, off-road vehicles, airplane parts, railway cars, rubber boots, and ammunition (an incredible number of boots and ammo), the cargo is an authentic time machine. I could never have imagined, when I watched the movie, that one day diving that wreck would become my daily bread...  >>>> read all on

Thursday, 15 September 2016

IUCN: explaining ocean warming - the greatest challenge of our generation

Abstract from IUCN website:
"Ocean warming may well turn out to be the greatest hidden challenge of our generation. 
This report represents the most comprehensive review to date on ocean warming. To build up the report, leading scientists from around the world were invited to join with colleagues to contribute individual chapters. The focus of the report is on gathering facts and knowledge and communicating this to show what is now happening in and to the ocean. There is purposefully much less focus on political ramifications. We hope that this report will help stimulate further debate and action on such issues."

You can download this publication here for free:

"This is a very timely report. We know the ocean is warming. Until very recently, the debate on climate change has focused on specific themes such as land surface temperatures, melting ice caps in Greenland and Polar Regions, and shrinking glaciers in mountain ranges. It has only occasionally mentioned the ocean. When the ocean was included, the issues discussed generally related to dramatic changes to coral reefs, as we have seen in 2016 when water temperature rises turning beautifully-coloured reefs a ghostly white from bleaching." 

Monday, 29 August 2016

The evilest fish: Top 10

Do barracudas nourish feelings? Do triggerfish have ethics?
We don't give a damn!
People look for key words like evil fish and killer sharks and ugly marine monsters. This is the story. In the name of the web-democracy we will feed all your atavistic fears!

10 - Grey moray
Won't kill you, they have small mouth and teeth, but they are evil. Many will tell you that grey morays are shy and do not ever come close. Fortunately they are not poisonous, but if you fear them, or you are the kind of guide telling your divers that they are shy... they would do their best to make you feel like shit.

9 - Sergeant Fish
Do you love feeding fishes? Do you feel exited by throwing handfuls of ends in the sea to get all the fishes teaming around you? Expect all the sergeant of the neighbourhoods to come and claim their share biting your calves, your feet. If someone tears your pubic hairs in the water... well, it is not a beauty farm's advert either...

8 - Napoleon wrasse
Here's another one that would not be so curious about divers if some diver did not misbehaved. The Napoleon approaches you because of the exotic food your fellow divers gave to him. Chicken eggs. Boiled. Well, the big fish wear a calf face, but has a powerful telescopic mouth that can crush coral heads. And golf balls. Napoleno fish does bite.

7 - Grouper
You did not expected it here, right? If you feed the wild animals your practice gets back just ingratitude, and the grouper is the worst of the ungrateful: it sucks the food and there is no way a grouper is going to loose the grip. Its many rows of teeth and its powerful jaws. so expect a beautiful glove overturned... with your own skin! The salt water on the raw flesh is memorable experience .

6 - Barracuda
A true myth of evil with a perfect physique du rôle, you look at him and say he is a bastard in! Its nastiness, as in all previous cases, is proportional to the amount o food scattered in the water to attract fish in order to make you a nice selfie. The best results are obtained by spraying melted cheese with pressure cans. Seeing is believing!

5 - Titan Triggerfish
Here's one ugly and bad. The titan triggerfish when protects the eggs attacks anyone who approaches the cone. The cone lay its vertex on the nest and gets wider towards the surface. But those of Woodhouse Reef chase out divers of their territory for hundreds of meters, up to Jackson Reef. It seems that they gnaw the shamandoura's to send boats to crashing against the reef.

4 - Torpedo
You are precious surgeon? A missionary? A benefactor? Torpedo does not give a damn. If you touch it gives you a shock of up to 30 amperes and a voltage of 50 to 200 volts, with an effect similar to that of the famous hairdryer in your bathtub: it can can stun you or kill you by frying you straight away.

3 - Clownfish
Nemoooo ???? Yes, and luckily for you it is small!
Do not be fooled by his appearance and the Disney film. Nemo is territorial and brutally aggressive. Divers often hypothesised of a Post-Fukushima clown fish, a fucking mutant two meters long. Only the hypothesis would freeze the blood in a whale shark, or in a skin-diver with a gun in hand. Here is the Orange Avenger of the Reefs

2 - Stonefish
You see a sort of camouflaging cluster of warts, a white mouth bouncing here and there on the reef waiting for distracted victims to kill... if you ever see anything of him.
Here it is, he does not care who you are, who you vote for, if you have the Porsche in the garage or if you like Donald Trump. It does not give a shit that you are not edible: if you touch it you may find yourself praying that someone will cut that part of your body off. A good reason not to dive naked!

1 - Villainnaut
Did you expect the shark to be here, right? No way! The Villainnaut fully deserves the first place in the Top-Ten. As a perfect ignorant of the rules and diver signal, he strikes divers randomly and without warning, he is just following the unfair outlines of his arrogant ego. In short it is a (very ugly) kind of surface that makes victims chopping them with a sharp propeller. Definitely out of control, the Villainnaut is the fiercest among those around the sea.

Now you will say: but he is not a fish!!!!
It is plain that it he is not, but if we write 'marine species' the web-democracy does not give a shit, and the web people and the search engines will ignore us... and the message will die!

Let' Dance...

Monica walks towards us across the terrace of the café restaurant, with a cheerful smile on her face, and dark sunglasses. A gazebo, tables and chairs, beach umbrellas on wooden planks. We follow her down a short flight of steps, sweeping past the boathouse of the club. Her dive center is ‘scattered,’ circling between sun and shade, rock, terraces, and painted wooden sheds. A small sitting room shaded by a canopy appears to be the classroom. On the vertical rock, a fishing net holds up the logo of the dive center: Blue Aura Diving Club. Down, towards the light, a small, sandy bay opens up; one of those places that either you know them, or you find them by chance on Google Earth, and right away you wonder how you’ll ever reach them. There are many of us, and little room to move: just a trail carved out of the rock.

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

ras goma

A fantastic day
looking for hammerheads
finding Ras Goma

a video from Valentina, Liquid Jungle