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Investigating the Submerged Victim: Underwater Forensics
ChrisDuboisCharles - 8/24/2015 3:46 PM
PRESENTED BY: Mack S. House Jr. Chris Dubois-Charles Shane McClung Crime Scene Investigator Diver Technologists International & WAWFE & September 25th & 26th, 2015 Hilton Garden Inn 4075 SW 33PL, Gainsville, Florida 32608 ________________________________________________________________________________ Multi State Approved for Continuing Education Points Registration must be made by September 18th Open to the Public ~ must be 18 years of age or older Conference Contacts: Chri...
LiveBait - 8/18/2015 5:35 PM
WARNING GRAPHIC FOOTAGE. While on a research project in Costa Rica, Nathan J. Robinson removed a 10 cm (4 in) plastic straw that was entirely embedded into the nostril of an olive ridley sea turtle. Lamentably, this is a consequence of the world of single-use, non-biodegradable plastic that we currently live in....
Shore Diving in Bonaire - is it that easy?
kerrycorcoran - 7/27/2015 4:12 PM
My wife and I have been diving for about 2 years now. We have dove Cozumel (multiple times) and Roatan last summer. I’m just short of 70 dives and my wife has roughly 50 dives. We’re both solid as far as knowing our gear and how to handle ourselves underwater. Thus far, all our diving has been with a Dive Master (or guide) along with us. I have read incredible stories of how awesome Bonaire is, but the wife is a bit concerned about ’shore diving alone’. We’re able to navigate, but we have never ...
Have You Ever Seen These Crazy Scuba Dive Entries? Have You Ever Seen These Crazy Scuba Dive Entries?
DiveWithMia - 6/26/2015 6:54 PM
As many of you know I was working on the Explorer Ventures scuba dive liveaboard in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2014-2015 and if you haven’t already done so (or know so), scuba liveaboards are the way to go in the world of scuba diving! The Turks and Caicos Explorer II is a 125ft vessel that hosts a maximum of 20 scuba divers on 1 week trips where they eat, sleep, and scuba dive 5 times a day. My job as both Dive Instructor and Purser on the ship was to assist divers in and out of the water ...
True Facts : Mantis Shrimp True Facts : Mantis Shrimp
LiveBait - 6/22/2015 5:36 PM
Mantis shrimp live in the crevices of coral and rocks or in holes they make on the ocean floor. A territorial creature, it has been known to exhibit aggressive behavior toward intruders. This ferocious shrimp has hammer-like appendages that fold beneath its body, resembling a praying mantis. With a spring-like motion, it uses these little hammers to attack prey and a mantis shrimp’s hit is NO joke. With the ability to strike at the speed of a .22 caliber bullet (50 times faster than the blink of...
51 Hours 20 Mins Underwater! 51 Hours 20 Mins Underwater!
LiveBait - 6/09/2015 7:57 PM
Walaa Hafez successfully completed 51 Hours and 20 Minutes underwater to break the previous open saltwater record of 51 hours and 4 minutes which was set by Amercian Allen Sherrod in 2014....
True Facts:The Anglerfish True Facts:The Anglerfish
LiveBait - 5/21/2015 8:33 PM
The anglerfish is so called because of its method of predation. This is the fish that goes fishing. It has a long, modified dorsal fin spine sprouting from the middle of its head that ends in a fleshy growth that can move and wiggle to resemble another animal. In some deep sea anglerfish this deadly bait can even emit light (bioluminescence). Passing predators who think they’ve found an easy meal only need to touch the bait to find out they’re the main course....
Wounded Sea Turtle Gets A 3D-Printed Jaw Wounded Sea Turtle Gets A 3D-Printed Jaw
LiveBait - 5/18/2015 5:29 PM
In an earlier era, colliding with a boat’s propeller could have been the end of a sea turtle’s life. This is not that grim dark era, so a sea turtle found with a broken jaw was rescued and then brought to Pamukkale University’s Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation center in Denizli, Turkey. Thanks to a collaboration with Turkish company Btech Innovation, the turtle received a custom-designed, 3D-printed titanium jaw. Read More:
The Only Warm Blooded Fish (that we know of). The Only Warm Blooded Fish (that we know of).
LiveBait - 5/16/2015 8:56 PM
This goes against everything I was ever taught since elementary school, on how all fish are cold blooded. This also goes to show two things. That there is an exception to every rule and we don’t know as much as we like to think we do. Meet the Comical Opah, the Only Truly Warm-Blooded Fish...
True Facts: Seapig True Facts: Seapig
LiveBait - 5/14/2015 10:33 PM
The animals commonly known as sea pigs are in fact a type of sea cucumber. Sea cucumbers are echinoderms, a group of marine animals that includes sea urchins and starfish. True Facts About The Sea Pig...
Shark Finning Shark Finning
LiveBait - 5/04/2015 10:51 PM
In a statistical report about illegal shark killings, about 100 million of these majestic marine animals are killed each year. The study was compiled by the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada led by Boris Worm. In his study, it reveals an alarming rate of 6.4 to 7.9 percent of all shark species being killed annually. The report is indeed alarming because it is a number that will lead to the full extinction of sharks if no proper actions will be done to stop the killings.
Guest Fitness Blog for Women Underwater Guest Fitness Blog for Women Underwater
ScubaFit - 5/04/2015 7:36 AM
Jill Heinerth recently published "Women Underwater" The Comprehensive Guide for Women in Scuba Diving. Jill is a remarkable explorer and diver leading the way for women through her adventures around the world above and below the surface. I recommend this book, co-authored by Renee Power to all divers. It is an excellent resource; helping women gain insights into recreational, technical and professional diving, and helping male instructors and dive buddies better understand the unique aspects of ...
Learning to freedive: Part 1 Learning to freedive: Part 1
ArgentAqua - 4/30/2015 1:48 PM
Taking a Freediving course: Part 1 – the pool sessions. I love Scuba diving, but there are times I could do without climbing into the dry suit, under suit, five-hosed regs, steel tanks, torch, and all the other paraphernalia - including 12kgs of lead - that goes with the cold water diving available to me here in the UK, so, unsurprisingly, I have often been tempted by the apparent pure simplicity of freediving. Unlike America or the Mediterranean there is no real tradition of spearfishing here i...
PADI very distinctive specialties
diver_ralph - 4/15/2015 8:12 AM
Padi lists some of the following specialities on their website: I am interesting in finding the appropriate dive shop whereever it is to see if its worth trying for some of these additional certifications. Anyway, when I search myself online I can’t get a good hit finding the dive shop. Does anyone know where each or any of those distinctive specialites are located (web address) and post them? Thanks for any information you can provide...
Is it ok to pee in the ocean? Is it ok to pee in the ocean?
Greg - 4/14/2015 6:06 AM
Urine is 95 percent water with sodium and chloride ions. But urine contains something the ocean does not; urea. Urea is a water-soluble organic compound that helps the body rid itself of nitrogen. When urine and ocean water combine, the nitrogen in urea produces ammonium and acts as food for the ocean’s plant life. So go for it, you’re helping to save the ocean!...
Quote from Wesley C. Skiles on Extreme Cave Diving Quote from Wesley C. Skiles on Extreme Cave Diving
Greg - 4/04/2015 9:26 PM
I watched a show on Nova today called Extreme Cave Diving. Wes Skiles was the underwater videographer. I really liked what he said towards the end of the show: "You know I’m not sure how to go on in life if I wasn’t able to go to my church underwater. We go down in these places and we’re cleansed. When we come up from a dive...the pressure, the challenges, the difficulties, the conflicts...they’re gone. We come up from a dive and it is like, you’re reborn."...
Freediving and Deaths in Competitions Freediving and Deaths in Competitions
h2oman - 3/20/2015 10:05 AM
Many divers are adventurous souls. We like to eat some fish fillets after our long day on the water, trade some tall tails and plan the next outing. Sometimes we are frustrated when we can’t find anyone to dive with; sometimes we plan an outing and it seems like we have too many people on the boat, or that we invited just 1-2 too many divers. Some of us are very social when it comes to our dive time; we use scuba or freediving as a way to meet people and spend quality time with our friends. At t...
The True Strength of Undersea Currents
GreggS - 2/06/2015 3:08 PM
This website contains an excellent video that is both educational and beautifully made. Be sure to play the video in full screen and HD. Absolutely stunning.
2014 Market Share of Scuba Certification Agencies (PADI, SSI, NAUI)
Greg - 12/12/2014 9:00 AM
According to the certifications added by scuba divers on, the following list indicates the percentage market share by each certification agency. I included all types of certifications, not just entry level certs. This data was collected from 21,273 divers. In the following list, I counted only once per agency per diver (ie: if a diver has 3 PADI certs and 1 DAN cert, I counted 1 for PADI and 1 for DAN): Worldwide 1. PADI: 55.6% (54.9% USA, 60.6% Outside USA) 2. SSI: 10.6% (11.4% US...
On the Menu: Lionfish
LiveBait - 12/07/2014 8:22 PM