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These must really migrate because we found two of these while diving in Cozumel last week!

They are kind of creepy looking given the fact they resemble a spinal cord.

Mating and egg laying occur during the spring and fall migration. Internally fertilized eggs are surrounded by a transparent mass of albumen, a gel-like material, and are laid in protective flat, rounded egg capsules joined to form a paper-like chain of egg cases, also known as a “Mermaid’s Necklace”.

On average each capsule contains 0-99 eggs, with most strings having 40-160 capsules. After laying their egg cases, female knobbed whelk will bury one end of the egg case into the substrate, thus providing an anchor for the developing fertilized eggs and preventing the string of egg cases from washing ashore where it would dehydrate. Fertilized eggs emerge as juvenile knobbed whelks approximately .15” (4 mm) in length.

Knobbed whelks are native to the North Atlantic coast of North America from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to northern Florida. This species is common along the Georgian coast. It is the state shell of New Jersey and Georgia.

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The knobbed whelk lives sub tidally and is migratory, alternating between deep or shallow water, depending on the time of year.

During the weather extremes of the summer and winter months, these sea snails live in deep water, at depths of up to 157’ (48 m). In the milder weather of the spring and fall they live in shallow water, on near-shore or intertidal mud flats and sand flats.

In the shallow-water mud flats whelk prey on oysters, clams, and other marine bivalves. They wedge a bivalve open by inserting the edge of their shell, and insert their long proboscis to eat the flesh of their victim. They rasp at the flesh using their rough tongue-like organ that has thousands of tiny tooth-like protrusions.

One of the many reasons scuba diving is so fascinating!

Discover Scuba Diving

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater?  If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it.  This may take place in a pool or other body of water.

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While not an actual scuba certification, during the Discover Scuba Diving experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

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The Fun Part

There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to –after all, human beings weren’t designed to do that – but after a few minutes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is. The biggest challenge instructors have with the Discover Scuba Diving program is not coaxing participants into the water, but coaxing them out when the program is over. The fun part?  It’s all fun!

  • Plus, you can get credit! If your Discover Scuba Diving program includes an actual scuba dive in open water, your experience may count toward PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver certification, putting you a step ahead of the game when you decide to go for it.

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What You Learn

You learn the basics you need to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. One thing you’ll learn is that you really can breathe underwater.

  • Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it
  • Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable there
  • Learn some basic skills and safety rules that will carry over to your full certification course when you take the next step

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The Scuba Gear You Use

All the equipment you will need is typically included in a Discover Scuba Diving experience. You’ll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask, fins and snorkel, a buoyancy compensator device that also carries your scuba tank, a regulator to breathe from and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply. You might also wear a scuba wetsuit or a weight system depending on where you do your Discover Scuba Diving program.

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The Learning Materials You Need

  • Just your willingness and undivided attention (and swimsuit & towel)

Prerequisites

  • To take Discover Scuba Diving, you must be at least 10 years old

Your Next Adventure

Once you complete a Discover Scuba Diving program, you’ll want to check out:
Scuba Diver or the Open Water Diver certification courses.

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Come bubble off with us!

Discover Scuba Diving

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater.  If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it.  Most PADI dive shops offer a version of this program, either in a pool or other body of water.  You may try it close to home or while on vacation.

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While not an actual scuba certification, during the Discover Scuba Diving experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

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There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to –after all, human beings weren’t designed to do that – but after a few minutes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is. The biggest challenge instructors have with the diving program is not coaxing participants into the water, but coaxing them out when the program is over.  The fun part?  It’s all fun!

What You Learn

You learn the basics you need to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. One thing you’ll learn is that you really can breathe underwater and whether you like doing that or not.  You will:

  • Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it
  • Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable there
  • Learn some basic skills and safety rules that will carry over to your full scuba certification course when you take the next step

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The Scuba Gear You Use

All the equipment you will need is typically included in a Discover Scuba Diving experience. You’ll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel and fins, a buoyancy compensator jacket that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply. You might also wear a scuba wetsuit or a weight system depending on where you do your Discover Scuba Diving program.

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The Learning Materials You Need

  • Just your willingness and undivided attention

Prerequisites

  • To take Discover Scuba Diving, you must be at least 10 years old

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Your Next Adventure

Once you complete a Discover Scuba Diving program, you’ll want to check out:
Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver certification courses.

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So what are you waiting for?

Let’s go diving!

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Are You a Responsible Diver?

Diving Safety is no accident

Be aware, check your air

When in doubt, just get out

Let’s respect it, not collect it

Only fools stretch the rules.

Coral reefs hate standing ovations.

Living reefs are dying not to be touched, so be a reef lover and always hover.

Your diving education really begins after certification!

KID DIVING

Scuba is a special experience for a child, a once in a lifetime memory that your child will never forget!  The children are introduced to a new underwater world.  They are taught to safely explore while snorkeling or scuba diving!

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Lets your child experience the underwater world.  The kids have a blast learning to snorkel while playing underwater games.  (flotation devices for non-swimmers).  It’s easy, fun, and safe!

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BUBBLEMAKER – 8 yrs + (duration 1.5 hrs)

The children learn to scuba dive in less than six feet of water.

This program is an introduction to the thrill of breathing underwater; we play  games and other fun activities in the pool.

The colorful Bubblemaker emblems, decals, towels and toys along with a distinctive recognition certificate and card make the experience one to remember. This is a great way to include the little ones in your family  vacation.  Everyone returns home with exciting stories to share.

Celebrate a birthday by throwing a memorable, exciting Bubblemaker party with friends and family.  It’s fun, easy and safe.

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SEAL TEAM PROGRAM 8 yrs + (duration: 2 days)

Join the PADI Seal Team and discover a world of underwater fun and adventure built around action-packed Aqua Missions. What is an Aqua Mission? It’s an underwater pool adventure where kids learn scuba activities and how to float underwater like an Astronaut.

The program teaches kids about diving through fun, learning activities until they are ready to enroll in the PADI Junior Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver course.

Children are required to complete the first five of 15 Aqua Mission, watch a PADI Seal Video, answer questions, and complete a pool dive.

Upon successful completion of the first five Aqua Missions, students become PADI Seal Team members. Upon successful completion of 10 additional specialty Aqua Missions, students become Master Seal Team members.

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DISCOVER SCUBA (10 + years old)

There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. After a few minutes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is. The biggest challenge instructors have is coaxing kids out of the water at the end of the program. This is a great way to try scuba before signing up for the Jr. Open Water Course.  We supply all the gear to help you experience scuba diving.  It’s so fun!

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JR OPEN WATER

The most popular dive program in the world! This is a lifetime of adventure for anyone 10- 14 yrs of age, in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water.

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PADI Open Water Diver

This course is for anyone 15 and up; the most popular program in the world. You  receive a life time certification recognized in more than 175 countries. As a certified Open Water Diver you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional.

Your underwater adventure can begin today!

Socorro Islands

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We journey 250 miles south of Los Cabos into the eastern Pacific Ocean to the Revillagigedos Islands—more commonly known as the Socorro Islands—to dance with the Giant Pacific manta ray, cavort with dolphins, dodge seven different species of sharks and thrill to an occasional lucky interaction with the migrating humpback whale population. This is remote, adventure diving at its finest.

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The Sea of Cortez is one of the youngest and most fertile seas on earth, containing over 850 species of reef fish, as well as the famous flying mobulas and an assortment of schooling pelagics and tropicals. We’ve been diving the Sea of Cortez for over 25 years, and we call it home.
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In August and September, we follow the ultimate apex predator to Guadalupe Island, 180 miles offshore. This is rapidly becoming the world’s best location to dive in custom-built shark cages with great white sharks. Enjoy the rush of going eye to eye with a 16′ great white shark.

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You ready to go diving?

Jacques Cousteau

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Jacques-Yves was born in Saint-Andre-de-Dubzac, France, to Daniel and Elizabeth Cousteau on June 11, 1910. Cousteau always loved the water and in his early teens, he became interested in machines. At the age of 11, Cousteau built a model crane and at 13, he built a battery-operated car. Also in his early teens, Cousteau became fascinated with films. He saved his money and bought a home movie camera.

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In high school, Cousteau became bored with school and began to cause trouble. As a result, his parents sent him to a strict boarding school. Cousteau excelled in this new environment and upon graduation, he entered the Ecole Navale (Naval Academy) in Brest. In 1933, Cousteau joined the French Navy as a gunnery officer. It was during this time that he began his underwater explorations and began working on a breathing machine for longer dives.

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In 1937, Cousteau married Simone Melchoir, and they had two sons, Jean-Michel and Phillipe. Two years after their marriage, Cousteau fought for the French in World War II. He spent time as a spy and was awarded several medals. During the war, Cousteau still found time to continue his underwater work.  In 1943, he and French engineer Emile Gagnan perfected the aqualung, which allowed a diver to stay underwater for several hours. Divers used the aqualung to located and remove enemy mines after World War II.

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Cousteau was named a capitaine de corvette of the French navy in 1948, and two years later he became president of the French Oceanographic Campaigns. That same year, Cousteau purchased the ship Calypso to further his explorations. To finance his trips and increase public awareness of his undersea investigations, Cousteau produced numerous films and published many books. His films include The Silent World (1956) and World Without Sun (1966). Both won Academy Awards for best documentary. His books include The Living Sea (1963), Dolphins (1975), and Jacques Cousteau: The Ocean World (1985).

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Because of his many projects, Cousteau retired from the French navy.  In 1957, he became director of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, founded the Underseas Research Group at Toulon, and headed the Conshelf Saturation Dive Program. The Conshelf program was an experiment in which men lived and worked underwater for extended periods of time.

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In 1968, Cousteau was asked to make a TV series. For the next 8 years, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau introduced the public to a world of sharks, whales, dolphins, sunken treasure, and coral reefs. In 1974, Cousteau started the Cousteau Society to protect ocean life. The membership of this non-profit group has grown to include more than 300,000 members worldwide. Cousteau was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan in 1985 and in 1989, he was honored by France with membership in the French Academy.

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On January 11, 1996 the Calypso sank in Singapore harbor. Cousteau died on June 25, 1997.

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For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Jacques son,  has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet.

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More recently, Jean-Michel has been involved with the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, an environmentally and culturally oriented family resort, conceived as a model to prove to the business community the economic benefits of environmental concern and design. In order to expand the impact of ecological tourism, he created L’Aventure Jean-Michel Cousteau, a flagship dive operation at the resort in Fiji. He is currently forming an action partnership to expand this ecologically responsible model to other sites.

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Jean-Michel Cousteau (right) with wife Nancy Marr at the 2007 Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival Opening Night Gala.

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In recognition of his many and diverse contributions to learning, Pepperdine University awarded Jean-Michel an Honorary Doctor’s Degree in Humane Letters in 1976. He has received DEMA’s 1994 Reaching Out Award and the 1995 NOGI Award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences. In 1996, Jean-Michel was awarded the SeaKeepers Award from Showboats International, and the John M. Olguin Marine Environment Award from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame and became a Trustee of the British Virgin Islands National Parks as well as being the first recipient of the Ocean Hero Award from Oceana. He has also received the Poseidon/Lifetime Achievement Award from Reef Check and been elected to the Global Green Board of Directors. In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Jules Verne Adventures and the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Cousteau’s name and works live on!

French Polynesia Travel

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Welcome to the romantic islands of French Polynesia. Beautiful white sandy beach and warm blue waters where you can see various different colors of blues as you look out over the water.

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Paradise is the word that comes to my mind when I think of the islands of French Polynesia. Where you find the lush rainforest of Moorea, the tranquil blue waters of Bora Bora and the atolls of Manihi, Fakarava and Rangiroa with fascinating passes. French Polynesia travel can satisfy any diver’s appetite.

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Romance is alive on these islands. Stand out on your balcony at night and gaze upon a million stars. Or jump right from you bungalow into the crystal blue waters where you can snorkel with the colorful tropical fish.

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I will never forget my first pass dive in Rangiroa , drifting along enjoying the sights and then 6 white tip sharks swam by, coming the other direction 4 spotted eagle rays, we turn into the pass and we saw a manta ray.

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If it a honeymoon or a dive vacation Tahiti can offer it all, from easy relaxing dives to your exciting drift dives through the passes.

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Not too many dives do you get to see so many creatures of that size.

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It is said that there are more sharks then people in French Polynesia.

Drake Bay

Aguila de Osa Inn is located in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, situated on a high bluff overlooking the Aguitas river with panoramic views of Drake Bay.

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Reaching out into the Pacific Ocean along the southwest coast, the Osa was once described by National Geographic as one of the most biologically intense places on earth. Encompassing Corcovado National Park and Caño Island, two of Costa Rica’s most prized protected areas, the Osa Peninsula is a priceless natural treasure with an abundance of tropical plants, mammals, insects and over 350 species of birds.

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No other region of Costa Rica offers the visitor a more pristine, virgin environment to discover. The Aguila de Osa Inn offers visitors to the region a comfortable and private refuge from which to explore the magic and beauty of mother nature in all her glory and complexity.

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For the scuba enthusiasts the Osa Peninsula offers countless excursions and endless encounters. With Costa Rica’s finest Pacific coastal diving and snorkeling, the clear waters surrounding Caño Island Biological Reserve can be best described as a garden of spectacular coral and rock formations.

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Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, advanced diver, or just snorkeling, the variety of rich and abundant marine life will amaze you. Teeming with exotic sea life, diving Caño Island is an underwater photographers dream. Scuba among large schools of colorful reef fish or observe the large pelagic that frequent these waters.

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Shark Fin Soup alters an ecosystem

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A gross abuse is taking place on an almost unimaginable scale throughout the world’s oceans. As many as 100 million sharks are being killed each year to meet global demand. For a tasteless ingredient that is not even a main course.

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All this ….for a bowl of soup!

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There is no animal on earth more vilified than the shark. Pop culture references and annual, over-hyped reports of attacks on swimmers or surfers have put sharks on the top of the list of the world’s most feared living things. There is however, a creature far more predacious than the shark:  Humans!

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Sharks existed before there were dinosaurs and they pre-date humans by millions of years. Yet, in a relatively short period of time, humans and their technological arsenal have driven most shark populations to the verge of extinction.

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This is bad news for the world’s oceans. Sharks are the top predator in the ocean and are vital to its ecosystem. The rapid reduction of sharks is disrupting the ocean’s equilibrium, according to Peter Knights, director of WildAid International.

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“These are ecosystems that have evolved over millions and millions of years, as soon as you start to take out an important part of it, it’s like a brick wall, you take out bricks and eventually it’s going to collapse.”

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Shark Savers is a grassroots membership organization dedicated to shark conservation. Shark Savers creates educational awareness programs about sharks, their critical importance to a healthy ocean environment, and the severe decimation of shark populations occurring throughout the world, primarily to fill demand for shark fin soup. The organization also empowers people to take action in their own lives and community to further shark conservation and to stop their consumption of shark products.

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Shark Savers focus on education and awareness because most people still think sharks are out to kill them, or don’t know that sharks are being fished towards extinction. Many people are unaware of the disastrous impact that shark eradication has on the oceans and food supply and that mercury in shark fin soup is hazardous.

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Stopping Demand for Shark Fin Soup in China

Shark Savers has joined WildAid to deliver the most complete campaign ever in China to generate awareness around the dangers of shark fin soup and the commitment to stop eating it.

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Shark Conservation Education and Empowerment

Shark conservation is an enormous challenge because sharks are being fished out of the water by the millions each month and cannot reproduce fast enough to overcome overfishing. Sharks are already gone in many of the areas where they were once plentiful. The fishing pressure against them continues relentlessly, largely because of the market demand for their fins. There are signs of hope in the results of actions of people and organizations throughout the world, although not enough to lessen the urgency of this mission.

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Glover’s Reef Park for Sharks

Shark Savers has joined with the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science to create shark Marine Protected Areas, or “Parks for Sharks, that not only succeed in protecting sharks, but also can become financially self-supporting and educationally nourish its supporters.

Shark Savers was founded in November 2007 by six divers with a long-held passion for the oceans, the quality of the ocean environment, and sharks. Becoming more aware of how sharks are being destroyed on a massive scale, and understanding the important role they play in the oceans.

Shark Savers is a membership organization, we hope that you will join.

Please help us save the sharks!    http://www.sharksavers.org/en/about-us/how-to-and-why-to-donate.html

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