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An Underwater photographer’s ultimate guide to the Mergui Archipelago An Underwater photographer’s ultimate guide to the Mergui Archipelago
smilingseahorse - 9 days 23 hours ago.
Mergui Archipelago: Myanmar’s diving destination... After a long surface interval where you finally found the time to finishing editing your full SD cards, do you feel like getting away for a few days? Would you like to leave the mainland for exciting ocean adventures? Myanmar reveals marine wonders most sought after by divers and underwater photographers. Located in Southeast Asia, the Mergui Archipelago will amaze you with a variety of sea life of all sizes making stylish appearances at differ...
Rhinobatis: the Shark - Ray guitar shaped fish Rhinobatis: the Shark - Ray guitar shaped fish
smilingseahorse - 9 days 23 hours ago.
Guitar fish: guitar rays or guitar sharks? Guitar fish belong to the Rhinobatis genus. "Rhine" is the Greek word for shark and "batis" the Latin word for ray. Guitarfish belong to the ray family but are often mistaken for shark or called guitar sharks. They have fins on their back making them look like sharks and swim with using their "shark" tail whereas most other rays prefer flapping their pectoral fins as a propeller. Like all other rays, their mouth is positioned under their body making it ...
Are you properly weighted for your dive? Are you properly weighted for your dive?
smilingseahorse - 19 days 21 hours ago.
"How much weight do I need?" "Should I take one more kilo to be sure?", "how do I know when I can shed one more weight from my belt?". These are very common questions asked to dive professionals all over the world. ​Good buoyancy control is a crucial part of diving which allows you to dive safely, while avoid damaging the reef or your equipment. When properly weighted, you will consume less air, and generally enjoy your dive more. Although mastering this art requires time and practice, a very go...
Andaman Sea rays Andaman Sea rays
smilingseahorse - 19 days 22 hours ago.
In this article I wanted to present the various rays you can encounter in the Andaman sea. Most of the pictures below were taken in the Mergui Archipelago located off the coast of Myanmar and some in Surin and Similan islands in Thailand... I will start with the rays spending most of their time laying on the sea floor such as the stingrays and then about the pelagic rays through the Andaman Sea: they swim mid water from the depth all the way to the surface and travel long distances such as eagle...
All about tiger sharks All about tiger sharks
smilingseahorse - 5/29/2020 3:11 AM
Are tiger sharks dangerous? You are probably wondering, can tiger shark kill you? Do tiger sharks attack humans? It is true that tiger sharks are considered to be particularly aggressive because of its little selectivity but accidents (and they are accidents, not attacks) with humans are rare. Keep in mind though that shark bites, all species included, are very rare. There is less than 80 cases of shark bites per year worldwide, and less than 5 deaths per year worldwide because of a shark attack...
All you ever wished to know about Giant Oceanic Manta Ray: FAQ, factsheet All you ever wished to know about Giant Oceanic Manta Ray: FAQ, factsheet
smilingseahorse - 5/25/2020 1:25 AM
Arguably one of the best experiences a diver could ever have is to dive with giant oceanic manta rays. We are lucky to see them regularly during our cruises in Myanmar and I compiled a list of the questions we most often get asked about these gentle giants to answer them in our latest blogpost. If you are interest to read more click the link below: thesmilingseahorse.com/blog/giant-oceanic-manta-...factsheet-and-photos Here is a little extract: How do you differentiate Giant Oceanic Mantas from ...
Diving on the wrong side of the Indian Ocean Dipole Diving on the wrong side of the Indian Ocean Dipole
smilingseahorse - 5/21/2020 10:56 PM
Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar As scuba divers, we are often at the whim of the weather and the ocean. Booking a diving holiday months in advance usually involves research into the seasons and how the weather in the area is during the time we wish to go. Unfortunately, all the research in the world can’t always save you from the guiles of mother nature. This was the case this year in areas of South East Asia, including the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar. Normally a trip to this part of the world can...
Best Time For Diving in Maldives
Aquaventure - 5/20/2020 6:52 AM
The best time of scuba diving in Maldives You plan to visit the Maldives and of course, you want to travel at the best time. To help make your decision, you first have the define what you mean by best. Generally, for many tourists, the best is the most amount of sunshine and the least amount of rain, but for a scuba diver, the best time can mean something different. The best time to see Manta Rays; the best time to see Whale Sharks; the best time to see Hammerhead Sharks; the best time for great...
Cruising Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar Cruising Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar
smilingseahorse - 4/28/2020 12:37 AM
The smiling seahorse raises the level of Burma dive cruises with a brand new liveaboard! Ranong, Thailand, 13th of May 2019: The Smiling Seahorse unveils "MV Smiling Seahorse", a splendid new boat custom built by and for divers. Just launched in November 2018, the "MV Smiling Seahorse" has been thoroughly tested this season and have only received compliments from returning and new customers alike. Strong of their 7 years experience, Camille and Franck Fogarolo, owners of The Smiling Seahorse hav...
Diving in Myanmar Diving in Myanmar
smilingseahorse - 4/26/2020 10:50 PM
6 days 5 nights Burma diving cruise: Explore Mergui islands Burma best dive sites in Mergui Archipelago... Day 1: the meeting time at our Dive Shop is 12.00, so we will have time to try equipment before going to our boat MV Smiling Seahorse. Before departure the Thai emigration comes on board and will stamp us out of Thailand. Then the boat will take us to Kawthoung where we will get our visa for Burma and permit to visit the archipelago. Officer will come onboard to control that all the papers ...
The Truth About Nemo – What Disney Pixar Failed to Mention About Clownfish!
CabilaoDiving - 4/26/2020 9:45 PM
Everybody knows what a clownfish is. They dominate reefs and you can see them almost everywhere here on Cabilao Island. These intelligent little anemone fish have become one of the trademarks of the ocean since the release of the widely successful Disney Pixar movie Finding Nemo. The film portrays clown fish as wonderfully adorable, cute, loyal and, well, polite. It’s a family-friendly film, so of course their characters are befitting to that which is suitable for all audiences. However, in real...
Free Online Dive Education Free Online Dive Education
Marlies-Diveoclock - 4/11/2020 7:14 AM
Staying at home due to COVID-19? bit.ly/34tu7GU Spend your time useful and learn more about SCUBA diving, marine biology and marine life species from home. We have listed awesome courses, videos and training materials for you to download. From hilarious marine life videos to very serious ecology classes - Pick your favorite. Stay home, stay safe!...
Cressi Scorpion BCD or Hog Pro BCD?
Jay0419 - 4/08/2020 11:32 AM
So, I think I’ve boiled down my first BCD to 2 options, Cressi Scorpion or the Hog Pro. I’m leaning toward HOG but not 100% sure. Factors I’ve been considering is: Price point (about $400 for either) Lift: Scorpion:33.7lbs, HOG:48lbs Max (pocket) weight: Scorpion:20, HOG:30(more with accessory pockets) Ok for cold water diving Ok for travel/warm water diving Anyone have actual experience with either and can recommend one over the other? Thanks!...
The Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea, remote AMAZING diving! The Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea, remote AMAZING diving!
Tezzadiver - 3/03/2020 9:23 PM
Located in the pristine waters of The Coral Sea, the Conflict Islands comprise of 21 untouched islands, boasting the most extensive biodiversity & coral reef in the world. With a third of the world’s species of marine fish, the Conflict Islands are home to everything from the tiny ghost pipefish to huge manta rays & tiger sharks. Among the group of islands that surround a spectacular lagoon is Irai Island. This island was found “second-best coral in the world” with the greatest number of species...
Marine Conservation Based Travel Marine Conservation Based Travel
Tezzadiver - 3/03/2020 9:07 PM
Pelagic Dive Travel is leading the way with marine conservation based scuba travel. Have you ever gone online and seen graphic posts of shark fins lined up on the ground or dead turtles stuck in drifting fishing nets? Horrible. Today the marine environment is getting decimated. Over 100 million sharks are being killed for what? Oil and fin…Tragic! But did you know there are marine conservation organisation & initiatives out there that are striving to make a difference? Chances are you don’t know...
Aqua Amigos Spaghetti Dinner
ScubaToneDog - 2/23/2020 4:11 PM
Aqua Amigos Annual Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, March 28th, 2020 Featured guest Speaker, Jessica Levy Restoration Program Manager of the Coral Reef Restoration Foundation. "Mission:Iconic Reefs" Jessica Levy, the Restoration Program Manager at the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), manages efforts to grow coral colonies in offshore nurseries, and then “plant” them onto the reef with the assistance of many dedicated colleagues and volunteers. She has worked with CRF for six years, starting as a vo...
Upper Midwest Scuba & Adventure Travel Show Upper Midwest Scuba & Adventure Travel Show
ScubaScout - 2/15/2020 9:13 PM
Press Release 2020 Fred Stonehouse: Sailing into Legend – the Most Baffling Shipwrecks(s) in the Great Lakes, and also World War II Vessels of the Great Lakes Fred Stonehouse - Has authored over thirty books on maritime history. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Haunted Lakes series are regional best sellers. Wreck Ashore, the U.S. Life Saving Service on the Great Lakes is the predominant work on the subject. He has also been an "on-air" expert for History Channel and National Geographic. F...
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usdiveshows - 1/23/2020 10:36 AM
The DC Dive Show is offering members of DiveBuddys.com a 20% discount on the Two-Day General Admission to the DC Dive Show. All advanced ticket sales also earn one free raffle ticket. Win gear, travel and more! Use code DB20 when purchasing your tickets. Offer expires 11:59PM February 21, 2020. dcdiveshow.com...
DC Dive Show Workshop Updates DC Dive Show Workshop Updates
usdiveshows - 1/23/2020 10:26 AM
The DC Dive Show has a number of seminars and workshops planned in conjunction with dive club meetings, live music, exhibitors from around the world. The two-day mid-winter festival is a great way to expand your knowledge about diving and the environment at the same time book your next vacation. Workshops: Rebreather 101 a beginners guide taught by Jill Heinerth Diving Medicine with a thorough review of your ears and first aid for incidents you may encounter in remote areas. Citizen Science Work...
Empirical Research Has Confirmed the Therapeutic Benefits of Scuba Diving Empirical Research Has Confirmed the Therapeutic Benefits of Scuba Diving
Airworks - 1/23/2020 5:51 AM
Scuba diving has been around for awhile, and though it is usually considered a recreational sport with a variety of public and private adventurous connotations, it also has very practical commercial and military uses. But did you know that regular participation in diving can have huge health benefits? For example, here are the top 10 fitness and health perks that are noted in Samir Becic’s recent book titled Resync Your Life: 1. Physical fitness: Swimming, and by association scuba diving, is one...