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The sea holds many new experiences; these can be both wonderful and terrifying. Even more daunting can be the fears we face within ourselves in learning to dive: failure and rejection are always close when we challenge ourselves.  But we know a lot about fear and how to face it! “Feeling the fear and doing […]

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Palawan is one of the jewels in the Philippines’ crown. This stunning region is one which divers come back to time and time again for very good reasons. Not only does Palawan offer a host of different dive sites which are teeming with life, it also offers great value for money and friendly locals. El Nido, Puerto Princesa and […]

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Love penguins? Doesn’t everyone? You can make your diving dreams come true by visiting these three places in the world to dive with penguins. Before you get in the water with them, here are some fun facts to keep in mind. While penguins are in fact birds, they do not use their wings to fly. […]

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First Aid for Burns Written by DAN Staff A serious burn — even a sunburn — can bring a quick end to an exciting dive trip. You can take steps to reduce the risk of burns, but you can’t always prevent them. On a busy dive boat, accidental contact with a hot compressor or stove, […]

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Written by Al Hornsby As a dive professional, you’re well aware of the importance of following good diving practices during all dive activities. You teach this in courses, have students sign the Safe Diving Practices form and remind divers of safe procedures during dive activities. From all the attention given, you’d expect that respect for […]

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I recently dived at Sipadan Island, where divers are not allowed to wear gloves. At one point I accidentally brushed my hand against something that stung me. I didn’t see any fire coral or wildlife in proximity, and I didn’t experience any immediate redness or rash. One week after returning home, however, I developed a […]

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According to the U.N. agency, the largest barrier reef system in the Northern Hemisphere no longer faces “immediate danger.” In a rare victory for the world’s coral reef systems, the Belize Barrier Reef has been removed from UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. The World Heritage committee declared Tuesday that Belize’s coral reef system no longer faces […]

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Mr. Kirouac, an experienced shrimp fisherman. “It just refused to die! We fired at it from close range and knocked it repeatedly on the head with a metal shovel, but it had very little effect. It took sixteen .30-06 ammo before it stopped crawling, but we finally got it!”

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Though it looks like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book, this stubby squid was also discovered by the Nautilus team. Apparently, purple is all the rage among deep-ocean creatures. Courtesy Nautilus

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What’s bright purple and looks like a blobby glow stick? Scientists were puzzled, as was captured in a video recording as their ROV Hercules zoomed in closer to have a look. Hercules filmed the adorable purple creature while scanning the seafloor at a depth of 2,950 feet off the coast of California’s Channel Islands.

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