📸 @brianskerry Follow @uwphotosociety for more stories. A Humpback whale calf swims above its mom as two male escorts follow along in the waters off the Cook Islands. Humpback moms invest a lot into their offspring, with a gestation that lasts nearly a year, then spending the first year of the calf’s life teaching it all the skills it will need to survive in the sea. These bonds are strong and are an important element of whale culture. This population of Humpbacks feed in Antarctic waters during the summer then migrate to the South Pacific in winter to have their calves. Coverage from ’Secrets of the Whales’ - My new book, @natgeo magazine story in the May issue and the 4-part series on disneyplus • • • • • • • • • • #uwphoto #uwphotography #scuba #scubadiving #scubadive #ocean #underwater #underwaterphoto #marine #marinelife #uwpics #underwaterphotography #scubadiver #freediver #oceanphotography #scubaphoto #scubalove #uwlife #scubadivers #waterphotography #divetrip #water #underwaterpics #scubalife #scubadiverslife #underwaterlife #padi #oceans #underwaterworld #diver
📸 @shawnheinrichs Follow @uwphotosociety for more stories. DEFENDING THE HEART OF MARINE BIODIVERSITY Indonesia has the greatest biodiversity of sharks and rays of anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, it is also the number one fisher for sharks and rays. As such, the populations of many of these species have been severely depleted throughout the archipelago. As part of my work there, a huge focus has been trying to secure local and national level protections for many of these vulnerable species. Some of the biggest successes have come at both the local level, as well as at the national level. Locally, in Raja Ampat, working closely with @misool.resort , we succeeded in protecting a 400 square kilometer section of the most biodiverse reefs in all of Raja Ampat in 2005. Later, in 2008, we were able to expand that to a total of 1,200 square kilometers. As a result of those conservation efforts, with strict enforcement by the local communities, shark populations are 25 times greater within the protected area than outside of it. Following that, in partnership with @conservationorg and @mantatrust , we succeeded in working closely with the regional government to secure protection for all of Raja Ampat as a shark and ray sanctuary, as well as protecting other marine megafauna. With that protection, a major portion of the large scale commercial vessels that were doing trawling, long-lining, and gill-netting, have been removed from the waters of Raja Ampat. • • • • • • • • • • #uwphoto #uwphotography #scuba #scubadiving #scubadive #ocean #underwater #underwaterphoto #marine #marinelife #uwpics #underwaterphotography #scubadiver #freediver #oceanphotography #scubaphoto #scubalove #uwlife #scubadivers #waterphotography #divetrip #water #underwaterpics #scubalife #scubadiverslife #underwaterlife #padi #oceans #underwaterworld #diver
Perfect 2 dives today in Cirkewwa Reef. Amazing weather conditions and visibility👌💙 ~Thank you for trusting us! ~Gracias por confiar en nosotros! We are continuing diving every day 💫😊 Would you like to join us? Send a PM. #maltadiving #malta🇲🇹 #diveinmalta #tecline #teclinemalta #scubadive #scubaselfie #diveinstructor #lovinmalta #scubadiving #scuba #dive #buceo #diveschool #scubadivers #watercoloursdivecentre #venamalta #visitmaltaes
🇮🇹 ✔️È la più piccola tra le tartarughe del Mediterraneo ✔️È considerata una specie in pericolo ed è quindi protetta da normative internazionali ✔️È l'unica specie di tartaruga marina nidificante lungo le coste italiane Stiamo parlando della simpatica Caretta caretta, la tartaruga comune. E tu? L'hai mai incontrata durante le tue nuotate? 🐢 • 🇬🇧 ✔️ She's the smallest of Mediterranean turtles ✔️ It is considered a endangered species and is therefore protected by international regulations ✔️ It's the only species of sea turtle nesting along the Italian coasts We're talking about the nice Caretta caretta, the common turtle. How about you? Have you ever met her during your swims? 🐢 • • • • • • #scubadvisor #divinglife #diving #scubadiving #divingtrip #divingphoto #divingtime #divingisfun #scuba #scubapro #scubaworld #scubadivers #scubadive #scubadivinglife #underwater_world_ #underwaterlife #subacquea #scubadiverlife #divingpassport #instadiving #lovediving #underseaworld #undersealife #scubaaddict #identikitsubacqueo #tartaruga #carettacaretta #tartarugacarettacaretta
📸 @mitty Follow @uwphotosociety for more stories. Affectionately dubbed “Little Pretty” by locals, this beautiful tiger shark was an absolute treat to dive with on our most recent venture on the SeaLegacy 1. The minute I slipped beneath the surface, she came gliding through the tropical current to greet me like an old friend. The powerful sweep of her tail revealed the beautiful markings along her flanks that give her species its name and she sailed over the reef to investigate me- a newcomer in her underwater kingdom. Most of us assume sharks operate almost mechanically as honed predators ready to hunt or strike at a moment’s notice. But in all my time diving with them, I’ve found them to be thoughtful and cautious animals. Many won’t even dare come near me while I’m diving and the ones who are brave enough to draw close are simply curious about my presence, like Little Pretty. Far from the bloodthirsty monsters we’ve made them out to be, sharks are intelligent will do everything they can to avoid taking unnecessary risks. • • • • • • • • • • #uwphoto #uwphotography #scuba #scubadiving #scubadive #ocean #underwater #underwaterphoto #marine #marinelife #uwpics #underwaterphotography #scubadiver #freediver #oceanphotography #scubaphoto #scubalove #uwlife #scubadivers #waterphotography #divetrip #water #underwaterpics #scubalife #scubadiverslife #underwaterlife #padi #oceans #underwaterworld #shark
In jeder Tauchausbildung ist er ein zentrales Element: Der #buddycheck 👌🏻 Was während der Ausbildung noch logisch und wichtig erscheint, wird mit steigender Erfahrung aber immer mehr vernachlässigt... Schon oft haben wir erlebt, dass Taucher ohne jegliche Checks ins Wasser hüpfen. Gerade unerfahrenere Taucher nehmen sich dieses Verhalten leider oft zum Vorbild. 🤔 Persönlich führen mein Buddy und ich immer einen kurzen Check durch. Es gehört zur Routine vor dem Tauchgang und ist, wenn das Buddy-Team eingespielt ist, eine Sache von Sekunden... Auch die Atemluft kontrollieren wir immer auf den Geruch und natürlich den Druck in der Flasche... 👌🏻 . Wie handhabt ihr den Buddy-Check? Macht ihr ihn immer oder nur gelegentlich? Mit welchem Spruch merkt ihr euch die Schritte? . . . #check #buddy #tauchen #taucher #tauchausrüstung #tauchausbildung #diver #scubadiving #scubadivers #planyourdive #divesafety #safe #sicher #underthewater #divecheck #scuba #prävention #divelife #diverlifestyle #atemluft #flaschendruck #routine #lebensretter
📸 @alex_dawson_photography Follow @uwphotosociety for more stories. Dropping into the blue abyss from the Diaz line. @skandacophield @kimprotecglobaldiveguide @divelikeaninja this is one of the places in Quintana Roo that I just have to visit every time I’m there. It’s part of the worlds largest mapped cave system Sac Actun • • • • • • • • • • #uwphoto #uwphotography #scuba #scubadiving #scubadive #ocean #underwater #underwaterphoto #marine #marinelife #uwpics #underwaterphotography #scubadiver #freediver #oceanphotography #scubaphoto #scubalove #uwlife #scubadivers #waterphotography #divetrip #water #underwaterpics #scubalife #scubadiverslife #underwaterlife #padi #oceans #underwaterworld #diver