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Let’s learn some facts about Playa del Carmen´s famous annual visitors, that for many years have attracted people from all over the world to the area. COMMON NAME: Bull SharkSCIENTIFIC NAME: Carcharhinus leucasTYPE: FishAVERAGE LIFE SPAN IN THE WILD: 16 yearsSIZE: 7 to 11.5 feetWEIGHT: 200 to 500 pounds 10 FACTS It´s one of 43 shark species that can live in both seawater and freshwater, which means they can be found even in rivers and lakes. They have been reported as far inland as 2220 miles (3700 km) up the Amazon River in Peru and more than 1800 miles (3000km) up the Mississippi River in Illinois.Bull…

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Range test of the Garmin T1 Transmitter connected to the Garmin Descent Mk2i. Ideally, this test would have been completed on a sea dive with another diver using the transmitter, but Lockdown 2.0, weather, and the time of year put paid to that – besides, there won’t be another transmitter available in the UK until they launch for sale towards the end of November 2020. Four test runs in the pool – One achieved 7m, while the other three reached 10m each. To save you the bore of watching all four of them I’ve just included two of the tests.…

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Cenote Angelita is one of the most popular on the Yucatan Peninsula due to the hydrogen sulphide gas cloud, that divers nickname the ‘underwater river’. As you descend into the 5m thick gas cloud, you can smell the distinct aroma of eggs given off my the sulfur – if you get the chance this dive is a MUST!! This was the third of 4 Cenotes we had the chance to dive, before spending the rest of our time diving with the Bull Sharks at Playacar. Video by Black Manta Photography on YouTube Follow Black Manta Photography on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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To people that have yet to discover diving, there are often some major concerns and misconceptions regarding the sport that might put them off the idea of ever learning. These can range from very rational fears such as having ear problems, to the relatively irrational such as the fear of predatory marine life or being unable to breathe at depth. There are as many fears and concerns as there are divers. In this article I would like to address some of those most common and explain what the reality of the situation is. Much like telling someone who is afraid…

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Wild and Temperate Seas is available for Pre-Order from Amazon and is written by Will Appleyard. This is the ideal gift for anyone new to or considering diving in the UK, by seasoned contributors and with beautiful photographs by award-winning underwater photographers. Wild and Temperate Seas is a new style guide that will whet your appetite for UK diving, from highlands to islands, wrecks to reefs and caves. There are over 50 personal favourites at some of the most popular attractions underwater in the UK. As they highlight our beautiful coastal locations, Dorset Dives author Will Appleyard and his team…

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“Went diving yesterday with someone who was recently certified in July. I must admit because I usually dive with known divers, I can get pretty complacent with predive buddy checks; often simply consisting of “Is your BC inflated?” As we were gearing up, the new diver asked if we did our checks before entering. (It was then that I realized it had completely slipped my mind and I probably would not have done so.) When we were getting situated, I watched as he checked his primary, then his secondary. I went over and told him to watch his SPG while…

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The largest unexploded World War Two bomb ever found in Poland has detonated during the defusing process, a Polish Navy spokesman said The RAF dropped the Tallboy in a raid in 1945 which sank the German cruiser Lützow. The bomb was 6m in length and weighed over 5 tonnes. https://twitter.com/Poland_MOD/status/1316282610071592960?s=20

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To see and to be seen is what drives people these days. To see and to-not-be-seen is what drives survival below the surface. The sands of the seabed provide protection. Camouflage is the key to a world of illusions under water. What is actually over there? What do you really see? This engaging play of perception is the theme of this new short under water film. In Sandy Illusions the Spanish Costa Brava reveals the illusions of the desert of the sea. Several exploratory dives with a camera at the Costa Brava coast have led to establishing the team that…

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Cyanea capillata aka Lion’s mane jellyfish is named for its showy, trailing tentacles reminiscent of a lion’s mane. Eight lobes are scalloped into the bell of the lion’s mane jellyfish and each lobe contains 70 to 150 tentacles arranged in four fairly distinct rows. A balance organ at each of the eight indentations between the lobes helps the jellyfish orient themselves. Broad frilly oral arms with many stinging cells extend from the central mouth. The total number of tentacles is around 1,200 closer to his mouth. Though capable of reaching a bell diameter of over 2 m (6 ft 7…

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