reef-safe sunscreen

Why Is Reef-Safe Sunscreen Important?

Have you ever considered that the sunscreen you wear may negatively impact coral reefs and wildlife? Not all sunscreens are made the same, but the vast majority do contain harmful UV-blocking chemicals that researchers have deemed harmful to aquatic life. Let’s dive into what reef-safe sunscreen means and what ingredients you should steer clear of to protect the environment.

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Museum of Underwater Art Coral Greenhouse

Australia’s Newest Dive Spot: The Museum of Underwater Art

The Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) finally opened on August 2 after months of delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia’s first underwater museum is located on the ocean floor of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park’s John Brewer Reef, about two hours off the coast of Townsville. Two installations are currently open to visitors: Coral Greenhouse and Ocean Siren.

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dive skin vs wetsuit

Dive Skin vs Wetsuit

When diving in very warm water, two of the most popular types of diving suit you can choose from are dive skins and wetsuits. To pick the most effective and suitable gear for your dive, you must take into account several factors such as water temperature, the depth of the water, your proneness to cold, and more. Let’s look at the differences between a dive skin and a wetsuit so you can make the right decision.

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the history of the wetsuit

The History of the Wetsuit

It’s now one of the main pieces of scuba diving equipment used by recreational divers, but did you know that the history of the wetsuit goes back to the mid-20th century when one physicist tried to figure out a way to improve the diving suit worn by frogmen on their missions? Read on to learn about the history of the wetsuit and the people that made it popular among watersports enthusiasts.  

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greece islands

Greece Opens Not Only Borders But Also New Dive Sites

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted travel and scuba diving operations worldwide, but more and more countries are taking new steps in returning to a “new normality.” As peak travel season approaches, Greece is getting ready to safely welcome international visitors. Scuba divers have even more reasons to celebrate Greece’s reopening as the authorities have also recently lifted some severe restrictions on scuba diving archaeological sites.

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Australian Box Jellyfish

7 Most Venomous Marine Animals in the World

The word’s oceans are filled with creatures of all kinds – some harmless, some very dangerous to humans and other species. Sharks get a bad rap, but there’s plenty of other living being underwater you probably should be scared of more. Looks can be deceiving, indeed. Venomous animals are often alluring creatures you may be tempted to approach or even handle. Let’s take a look at some of the most venomous marine animals in the world and what makes them so dangerous.

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glass sponge reef

Glass Sponge Reefs – The “Living Fossils” Underwater

Deep in the waters of Howe Sound, British Columbia, resides one of the oldest life forms on Earth – the glass sponge. It wasn’t until the mid-1980s when researchers discovered these “living dinosaurs,” previously believed to have gone extinct during the Jurassic period. Here are some interesting facts about these ancient reef-forming organisms that grow on top of the skeletons of previous generations.

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