Thousands Of Blue Sea Creatures Called Velella Velellas Wash Ashore In California

    Ever heard of Velella velella, the marine life so nice they named it twice? The jellyfish-like invertebrate may be a common sighting for sailors in the Pacific Ocean, but the Velella velella (the species shares the same name as the genus) rarely washes ashore before the end of its lifespan. So when thousands of the tiny blue creatures… Read more →

Rare, Yellow Lobster Rescued From Florida Supermarket

      When Marybeth Jeitner saw this brightly-colored lobster sitting in a tank at the supermarket, she knew it was something special. How special? According to the University of Maine Lobster Institute, the odds of finding a yellow lobster are one in 30 million. The lobster had not escaped the attention of others in the supermarket, a Florida Publix.… Read more →

Close-up shark photos aim to break ‘Jaws’ stereotype

    George Probst is used to being called crazy. The web designer from Blacksburg, VA, USA, shocks most people when he tells them that he swims with sharks. But after many thrilling dives and hundreds of up-close and personal photographs, he hopes others will see these mysterious underwater giants in a whole new light. After George’s girlfriend broke up… Read more →

Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida’s east coast

     A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday. Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of… Read more →

My Favorite Dive: Bare Island, Sydney, Australia

    Mention Australian diving destinations and most people will first think about the Great Barrier Reef in tropical Queensland. But don’t overlook the Sydney area, which also has some great, albeit lesser known, dive spots. One such spot is Bare Island, located on the north head of Botany Bay, just across from Captain Cook’s original landing spot. It’s a… Read more →

Diving the Conestoga River

    Among the rolling hills and lush green countryside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania lies a secret, hidden in the streams and rivers that nourish these productive farmlands. What do farmlands have to do with scuba diving? The answer lies with the generations who used these babbling brooks, streams and rivers as water for cooking, cleaning, drinking and sustaining life. Unfortunately,… Read more →

Why Freedive

    People frequently ask me why I freedive when I can scuba dive and stay down longer. My interest in freediving started with a need to challenge myself physically and mentally.  When I went freediving for the first time, I felt like I wasn’t burdened with extra gear; I could move and play in the water like I wanted… Read more →

Movie Dive Myths Busted

  Scuba diving has been featured on film since the invention of the sport, but not always correctly depicted. Scuba diving’s aura of daring and adventure, as well as its frequency in exotic locations, has made the sport a favorite of moviemakers for decades. Films such as “The Deep” and “Thunderball” have brought diving to the movie-going public, but just… Read more →