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Sport Diver November - December 2016

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saving sharks

We divers are always thrilled when a shark materializes out of the blue. There are more than 500 species of shark — from the 7-inch dwarf lanternshark to Earth’s largest fish, the whale shark — that are known to scientists. The earliest known sharks date back to roughly 420 million years ago, long before dinosaurs ruled the planet. Scientists are constantly identifying new species or subspecies. In 2015, for example, the Pacific nurse ( Ginglymostoma unami), dark speckled catshark (Scyliorhinus ugoi) and the headline-grabbing ninja lanternshark (Etmopterus benchleyi) got their own taxonomic classifications. Today, many species are in a population tailspin, which is why it’s critical that we support shark conservation. On page 58, photographer Shane Gross documents the crucial work being done by researchers on Eleuthera to study lemon shark…

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bryce groark

If you’re not the least bit envious of underwater cinematographer and producer Bryce Groark, then you don’t know his story. The Kona, Hawaii, local is on the short list of cameramen on call to Discovery Channel and National Geographic to document pelagic traffic spanning from oceanic whitetip sharks to humpback whales. He was part of the documentary team that produced Mission Blue, including none other than “Her Deepness,” Sylvia Earle, and is at work on a handful of diverse projects coming out soon. Q: What was it like to share the ocean with Her Deepness? Groark: The woman is amazing. We spent nine hours in the water with whale sharks at the mouth of the Mississippi River. The world doesn’t know how epic she is at 81 – she got out only…

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better safe than sorry

A dive vacation is all about blowing bubbles and relaxation, so the last thing you want is to worry about items getting stolen from your room or dive bag. Theft is rare at most dive resorts, but it can and does happen. Usually these are crimes of convenience — someone snatching cash or other valuables left unattended — which means making just a little effort to keep your things secure can go a long way toward preventing the most common occurrences. 1. Lock It Up Passports, cash, jewelry and electronics are easy targets for thieves, and losing them can cause you serious headaches. At check-in, ask about secure storage at the resort. Most offer safes in the rooms, while others might have a hotel safe in the office where they secure guests’…

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a perfect sinking

The warship settled perfectly upright on the seabed, the culmination of two years of hard work for all involved. Everything had gone according to plan for Porto Santo, a 9-mile-long Portuguese island northeast of Madeira Island in the North Atlantic. The 1,438-ton, 279-foot General Pereira d’Eça corvette warship was built in 1970, and it completed decades of active service. The scuttling was a collaborative effort between the Portuguese navy, Madeira’s Promotion Association and the Ocean Revival Project, which has scuttled several warships off Portugal’s Algarve coast over the past few years. Porto Santo’s newest dive site sits at a maximum depth of 100 feet — in yearround clear water — just a short distance from Porto Santo’s artificial reef, the wreck of the Madeirense. DIVE IN More dive-friendly wrecks to explore Adrianna Type of Ship: Freighter Where: Bahamas Length: 100…

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the marine iguana

1. The marine iguana is found only in the Galapagos Islands. 2. As a result of El Niño, pollution and the introduction of nonnative species, the marine iguana is considered vulnerable to extinction. 3. Marine iguanas feed exclusively on marine algae, a unique trait among lizards. 4. Charles Darwin was revolted by their appearance, writing they are “disgusting, clumsy lizards.” 5.Amblyrhynchus cristatus can reach 26 pounds in weight, which is equivalent to an average 18-month-old child. 6. These marine reptiles encountered terrestrial predators for the first time about 150 years ago. Introduced dogs have reduced their population by a third in some areas. 7. The marine iguana removes excess salt from its body through glands in the nose. It excretes salt by squirting it several feet out of its nostrils. 8. El Niño greatly reduces algal growth…

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stocking stuffers

1 Kindle Oasis The lightest and thinnest e-reader yet, the Kindle Oasis is perfect for divers who like to read and who spend a lot of time on airplanes getting to their dive vacations. We wish it was waterproof; otherwise, this is a nifty, zippy device. $290; amazon.com 2 SeaLife Super Macro Lens Get tack-sharp stills and videos at close range — from 3.5 inches to 7 inches — with SeaLife’s Super Macro Lens. Compatible with the Micro HD and 2.0 cameras (as shown), the Super Macro can be attached or removed underwater. The lens features two optical elements with a broadband anti-reflective coating. A rubber-armored exterior protects it against shock and the lens port from scratches. $99 (lens only); sealife-cameras.com 3 Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition II Because your dive buddy is worth…