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Scuba Diver 1/2018

Working with the world's best underwater photographers and journalists, premier dive magazine Scuba Diver sets the standard by which all other dive magazines are judged. For the modern diver who wants to discover everything they need to know about exploring our fascinating oceans, both in Asia and around the world. Travel destinations, where to find spectacular marine-life, what equipment you need, dive techniques plus news on discoveries and environmental issues - Scuba Diver has it all. Scuba Diver Australasia and Ocean Planet are alternating titles with 4 issues each per year. While SD Australasia stays true to its roots with editorial coverage exclusively from the Asia Pacific region, Ocean Planet shines a light on top diving destinations from around the world.

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Singapore
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd
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1 min.
from the editor

There is no better time to assert the importance of sharks than now. At a time where at least 11 species are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as “Critically Endangered”, 15 species are “Endangered”, 48 species are “Vulnerable”, and 67 species are “Near Threatened”, we have no time to waste. While activists and conservation groups work tirelessly to protect sharks, we have chosen to celebrate these incredible animals in this Collector’s Edition – to celebrate their beauty and power, and the sovereignty they demand. It is our hope that through this celebration, sharks will be one step closer to breaking free from the shackles of unfounded stereotyping and merciless persecution. In these pages, you will meet some of the smallest, fiercest, friendliest, and rarest sharks. From the awe-inspiring great…

2 min.
giving the dslr a run for its money

As an underwater photographer, I’ve become accustomed to the performance and manual control offered by my DLSR, and I haven’t looked back since making the switch from a compact camera. But over the years, I’ve noticed the popularity of Sony’s RX100 cameras among my photography students, and I was curious to find out how the latest in the series, the RX100M5, would perform on my next dive trip to Manado, in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. On the day before my flight, the camera arrived, along with Sony’s dedicated housing MPK-URX100A. Used to a bulky DSLR, I was immediately struck by the compact size of the camera, even when inside the housing, as well as their build quality and robustness. But I couldn’t help having doubts about the usability and image quality of…

6 min.
foreword by alex mustard

The ocean we know today, an ocean largely devoid of sharks, is not the true ocean Alex Mustard I was born in 1975, the year the movie Jaws broke records at the box office and painted the shark as a bloodthirsty villain – an unfounded reputation that has been difficult to shake. You will find that this is completely contrary to the experience of the contributors here, who have logged hundreds of thousands of hours underwater in close company of the shark. It is crucial for us photographers and divers who know the true nature of sharks to spread the truth, even as attitudes are finally, gradually, changing. Last year, a video of regular beachgoers in the US helping a stranded great white shark back into the water went viral. Interestingly,…

2 min.
an unexpected visit

Last year, I joined a trip to photograph sharks in the Bahamas. The idea was to first dive with tiger sharks in Freeport and then travel to Bimini to see the great hammerheads. Unfortunately, the weather was not agreeable and we were unable to make the journey over to Bimini at all. Most of the group were very disappointed as they had never seen a great hammerhead before. Amazingly, one of the hammerheads that regularly visits the shark diving site in Bimini decided to make an appearance at Tiger Beach! Surprisingly, she seemed to have no qualms hanging out with a load of tiger sharks and would even push them out off the way to get to the bait. It was a unique opportunity to capture both of these beautiful…

3 min.
the fixed grimace

Many of the blacktip sharks I encountered in South African waters had fish hooks in their mouths, eyes or fins Mikhail Korostelev The blacktip shark is categorised as “vulnerable” in its North Atlantic range, but in South Africa it is a popular catch among sport and recreational anglers. A fast and energetic swimmer, the shark has been known to breach clear of the water in spiralling leaps when hunting shoals of small fish near the surface. At first glance, it seems as though one of the individuals in this image is smiling. But look closer and you realise that its mouth has been torn into a fixed grimace by an angler’s hook. Mikhail says, “I hope this picture will draw attention to our impact on the ocean. Many of the blacktip…

5 min.
responsible shark photography

Sharks are some of the most amazing and successful predators in the animal kingdom, and despite years of rampant overfishing, which has decimated populations globally, it is still possible to dive with them in a number of different locations around the world. Experienced operators in countries such as Fiji, the Bahamas and Mexico have been introducing people to sharks without incident for many years, and as the public perception of sharks finally begins to change for the better, the number of people wanting to swim with them continues to rise. This is good news for sharks, because participating in sustainable shark tourism provides countries with an economic incentive to protect them and their habitat. It is also the best way for underwater photographers to get close to sharks and capture a…