News of Week 01, 2016 – The Learning Diver

This Week In SCUBA and Dive News:

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Cool dive and ocean content, No B.S. and no looking for it yourself.
Hey! I’m David Bourne, and I hope you will join me in this learning journey as I share links to the cool diving stuff I find on the ’Net.
My slant will be towards posting what’s new and what’s relevant to anyone who is interested in diving, dive gear, dive locations and to learning about and protecting oceans and the underwater world.
I’m new to SCUBA, but have wide interests that should keep all divers and underwater explorers intrigued each week.
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Great Whites As Big As Jaws?

You saw Jaws. And you wondered if Great White sharks really got that big. Well, this one is just about that big! See More Footage of the Biggest Shark Ever Caught on Film.

PADI’s Talking Trash Again.

SCUBA instructor Giny Pinto, “was struck with despair: if she and her dive guests could misidentify the “school” of plastic bags as fish, what other marine animals might accidentally do the same, mistaking the marine debris for food or prey?” From Preserving our Underwater Playgrounds at Project Aware.

Those Bastards Are Now Protected.

There’s a new Marine Sanctuary in the Atlantic around Ascension Island that has “several endemic species of fish found nowhere else in the world, including the offensively named BASTARD CUNNINGFISH.”

There’s More Than One Kind of Beauty Under the Sea.

Jason deCaires Taylor is a young sculptor who makes underwater art, teeming with life. Hear him talk about the creation and decision process in his TED Talk video.

Is diving safe? Well, No!

But it’s not all that risky compared to many other things we do on a regular basis. (Like eating Cheetos all afternoon instead of using that new gym membership you just bought.) The Fatal Consequences of Being Out of Shape The latest in Scuba Diver Magazine’s “Lessons For Life” series.

Just How Badly Do You Really Want to Eat A Bladder?

Thanks to hardy appetites for fish bladders in China, the most endangered marine mammal in the world, the vaquita porpoise, maybe extinct in two years. Come on, China! That’s too much to give up for a bowl of soup.

Dive Quote of the Week.

“My favorite thing to do on this planet is to scuba dive.”
– Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut, Aquanaut, Badass

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