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
Congratulations to Scubashooters Scientific Director, Sandro Carniel! His last “pop-science” book “Oceani, il futuro scritto nell’acqua” (Hoepli ed.) was awarded the Costa Smeralda Prize (Premio Costa Smeralda), sponsored by the Consorzio Costa Smeralda, within the “essay” category during a public cerimony held at the Porto Cervo tennis club (Sardinia), last April 28th.… Continue reading
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
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
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The Cuckoo Wrasse (Labrus mixtus, whose Latin name refers to two essential characteristics: pronounced lips and stunning mixture of colors) is a marine fish belonging to the order of Perciformes, the family of Labridae and the subfamily of wrasses. The Labridae family is extremely common in the Mediterranean: all the… Continue reading
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To Pee or Not to Pee, that is the Jellyfish question. Before I go into the fascinating facts about Jellyfish, I figured I’d answer the most important Jellyfish question of all. Will it help if someone urinates on my Jellyfish sting? The answer to this is NO, this is not… Continue reading
The Amphiprion bicintus clown fishes are part of the Amphiprioninae subfamily and get their name from the funny, brisk movements and the vibrant coloration. The body is high, the head is small, and the dorsal and ventral profiles are very convex. The pectoral fins are very large, trapezoidal but rounded.… Continue reading