The enchanted Lagoon of Palau Travel in Micronesia

Micronesia is an archipelago of over 2,000 islands and coral atolls located in the Northwest Pacific, between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer. This includes the Marianne Islands, with Guam and the US Commonwealth of Mariana Island (Saipan, Tinian and Rota), the Carolinas with the Republic of Palau and… Continue reading

One hundred minutes inside the Million Hope Wreck Diving

Even today, the sea does not want to listen to reason. The Tiran Channel’s rolling, mighty waves crash strongly onto the outcropping sections of the great wreck, while our little dinghy and we float like corks toward its rusty, sharp and ghostly remains. We were waiting since days, weeks, for… Continue reading

An Anomaly of Nature: Tiger Sharks in Honokohau, Hawaii Marine Biology

Another summer day in Hawaii begins with the sun cresting over the ridge of Mauna Loa. Inside Honokohau harbor, the busiest harbor on the Big Island of Hawaii, numerous commercial and recreational vessels begin their preparations for their day’s activities on the ocean. The sea is calm and the air… Continue reading

Puerto Galera, a macro paradise Part two

The Canyons are the adrenaline junkie’s sites of choice. During times of strong currents, boasting a thrilling ride with rest-stops in the naturally formed bowls while you watch all this different amazing schools of trevally, tuna, and sometimes barracuda hang effortlessly in the current. The Alma Jane wreck is a… Continue reading

Astrospartus Marine Biology

Imagine diving yourself in a dark, gloomy environment, perhaps enlightened only by some pale ray of moonlight… light with your torch and suddenly there appears a curious animal with unusual appearance… think of the dismay and restlessness that it might assail you if you did not know that the cluster… Continue reading

Deepblu Introduces Dive Booking Feature Company Launches Service that Offers a Whole New Experience in Dive Trip Planning

Press Release TAIPEI, March 2018 – Today, Deepblu has announced brand new ways for divers to discover their next destination on Planet Deepblu. With the company’s latest release, divers can now book, manage, and communicate with dive businesses before, during, and after their trip, all in one place. On Planet… Continue reading

Fotosub in Marine Protected Areas Perspectives and evolution

Love, Learn, Respect and Protect

This meeting rests its foundations on the peculiarities of  marine protected area in Portofino.

Francesco Turano (www.francescoturano.it) and Michele Solca got the idea to associate the various periods of the year with the meetings that can be done, highlighting the seasonality of marine life, to see – and photograph – at best meetings and situations that can develop right in front of our eyes; then, we speak about one of the most valuable actors of MPA: fishes. In this kind of environment, we can see them acting like the human presence doesn’t matter; so they swim, they hunt and they maintain the habits that are expected to have in normal situations.

An analysis of current trends follows, and we talk about the presence of the proliferation of organisms such as the gorgon star (Astrospartus mediterraneus, of which you can read in a dedicated article on the number 36 of Scubashooters Magazine) or the Short-spine slate pen sea urchin (Stylocidaris affinis), of the discovery of a new chromatic variation of red sea fan (Paramuricea clavata) and the first sighting of Atlantic runner crab (Percnon gibbesi).

Then we talk about a great stakeholder in Portofino, Diving Evolution, and we emphasize the attention to the environment, its protection and the need for training that allows us to better appreciate what nature offers us while we dive: more than a mission for this diving center.

In conclusion, we are talking about virtuous models of human-environment interaction, declining some keywords that sound like a sort of mantra for me: Love, Learn, Respect, Protect. Love (for the Sea itself and its inhabitants) can give a boost to Learn what really is what we interacted with underwater, to cultivate their Respect and then going to Protect…and return to Love him more than before. A splendid virtuos circle that will allow you to return something to that Submerged World that gives us a great deal.

WORDS and VIDEO by Michele Solca & Francesco Turano

The Underwater Tour 2018 Underwater inspiration, adventure and discovery!

Four world-class photographers – LIVE! Four cities. Four evening events. “An Australian ‘first’, the Underwater Tour presents a stellar line-up of world-class underwater photographers, hitting the road together across Australia for a series of entertaining, inspiring evening events 9-12 May 2018”says joint founder Juliette Myers. “Each photographer has their own… Continue reading