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Sport Diver June 2018

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2 min.
the wild west

My first few years as a diver were spent exploring the coral reefs off South Florida and in the Caribbean Sea. I loved the easy, warm-water conditions, but in 2004, when I was asked to join a team of colleagues who were traveling to California to test BCs off Catalina Island, I jumped at the chance. It was October; the surface water temperature was a promising 72°, but at about 45 feet or so, an abrupt thermocline dropped the water temp to the upper 50s. Yes, it was cold, but what a stunning backdrop for the test. We dropped in on the island’s east end, at Italian Gardens. To swim through the shamrock-green kelp is like walking through beaded curtains in a boho boutique — it’s a sensual, colorful experience.…

1 min.

“Let’s say you’re in a restaurant and ask, ‘Where is this fish from?’ or ‘How was it caught or farmed?’ If you can’t get that information, it’s hard to identify whether that fish is from a sustainable source.”…

4 min.
louder than words

Col McKenzie Executive Officer, Australia’s Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators HOW TO BECOME A COTS WARRIOR If you’re a certified divemaster with a current commercial medical certificate and you’d like to take part in the CoTS Control Program’s training course, or if you’re interested in full-time employment as a CoTS diver, send resumes to Steve Moon at steve@projectsglobal.net. HOW TO BE A CITIZEN REEF WARRIOR There are several citizen-science projects that you can contribute to, including Eye on the Reef, Coral Watch and ReefSearch. Sign up for Reef-Search, and you’ll be sent a field guide explaining how to contribute valuable data to scientists studying the Great Barrier Reef’s health by spending 10 minutes of each dive looking for key species, checking coral condition, and making note of any rubbish found. Coral Watch is focused…

4 min.
jennifer dianto kemmerly

YEAR CERTIFIED 1992 AGE WHEN CERTIFIED 19 CERTIFICATION LEVEL NAUI Assistant Instructor WORDS TO LIVE BY “Accept the things I cannot change, have the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” After getting certified in college, Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly embarked on life as a science teacher in the Florida Keys, where she could dive, dive, dive. But she had an epiphany as she noticed how passionate locals were about the creation of a national marine sanctuary, and how alert divers were to trends in the ocean. “It opened my eyes as to how engaged people can be when what they love, or need, changes,” she says. Today she is director of Global Fisheries & Aquaculture at Monterey Bay Aquarium and heads its Seafood Watch program, which since 2001 has helped millions…

1 min.
colpophyllia natans (boulder brain coral)

Colpophyllia natans is a dominant reef-building coral with wide meandering valleys stretching across the entire surface of the coral colony. This coral forms impressive domed boulders and is one of the most common corals in the Caribbean. The boulder brain coral is a familiar species on shallow reef ledges and slopes. It can be found down to a depth of 165 feet but is often established much closer to the surface. Colpophyllia natans falls into the brain-coral category, and there are a few tricks to tell it apart from other species. First, Colpophyllia natans can grow into very large boulders — hence its common name — but if you’re met with a smaller colony, look closely at the small lines running from the top of the ridges to the center…

1 min.
here there be monsters bonito, brazil

Scheduling a date with the green anaconda — Eunectes murinus — is no easy task. It took a ride down waterfalls with pricey equipment, a trek through sharp saw grass, and a plunge into murky water to come face to face with this 20-foot giant. “At first it’s scary because you don’t know the animal and everybody says it’s dangerous,” says Franco Banfi. “But after a while, you understand that nothing happens if you respect the snake. A small, venomous snake is scarier than a big one. At least you can see the anacondas clearly and know what they’re doing.”…