Marine conservation in the Gulf of Thailand Marine Biology

The Gulf of Thailand is weird little bit of water. It constitutes only 0.001% of the Pacific Ocean, but is feeding millions of people in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand by providing food and income through tourism. It’s also very young. It was formed roughly 10,000 years ago, when water from… 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

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

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GALÁPAGOS by Josef Litt Launches at Amazon in the US and the UK

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False Bay – South Africa Diving in the gulf between the mountains

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Project Seahorse For seahorses and marine conservation

Project Seahorse is delighted to announce the launch of our new, improved iSeahorse.org website – our pioneering citizen engagement tool that gathers information about seahorses while building a community of committed contributors who are empowered to take action for seahorses and marine conservation. Anyone can join. Whether you’re a diver,… Continue reading

Galápagos The ultimate guide to the Galápagos Islands by Josef Litt

15 November 2017 Josef Litt announces his new book, GALÁPAGOS. It is a brand new and unique guide to the islands full of captivating information and first-hand stories  – with 288 pages overflowing with more than 300 stunning photographs as well as original illustrations. The book is available for pre-order.… Continue reading