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During a dive at the house reef in Aquaba I see a blue fish. The color is so striking; I know at once it is a false stonefish (Scorpaenopsis diabolus).
I always find it strange, the tropical fish have these notable colors, there is nobody to see it. This colorful Scorpio stays motionless, he knows he is poisonous, that gives him confidence. I am fully aware of that, but I am not scarred either. I want to get closer and closer, I need to take a picture of his eye.
Diving in the fastest saltwater current in the World.
From the zodiac I look into the current and the whirls. I am ready to go into the water, but my brain is protesting. It tells me: No, you are not going to dive here, are you crazy? No, you are not going!
For divers in tropical waters feather stars are a common sight. Almost all around the world feather stars bring colour to the under water environment. Despite its nice colours divers normaly do not pay too much attention to these animals. We are more likely to pay attention to all the fish around us; search for the bog animals and leave the feather stars on its own. We think of it as less interesting animals. But this means that we will miss a number of surprising meetings.
It is fair to say that the best diving can often be found in some of the most unexpected places. When one thinks of the Sinai, the immediate image is of the spectacular vertical drop offs of Ras Mohammed, teeming with fish life. Venture further north and the canyons and blue hole of Dahab come to mind. But further north still and you have an entirely different kind of diving, the sort that allows you to get close to some of the rarer and most colourful of the Red Sea’s inhabitants.
We are in the Bahamas and we are going to dive with sharks, the ordinary Caribbean Reef shark (Carcharhinas perezi). Before we have dived one week with Jim Abernathy on de M/V Shearwater and we are used to lemon sharks, reef sharks and even big tiger sharks. I am not blasé, but I have the wrong kind of self-confidence and a feeling of: nothing can happen to me...
Well, we will see about that!
For technical divers - amateurs and professionals
«Neptun XXI century» magazine announces the beginning for project called «ProTechno-2009». The most interesting and exciting technical project of the year. The main target is popularization of safety in diving.
You are very welcome to send to Editorial board the description of your expeditions, investigations and immersions made in 2009.
An assignment on climate change in my first year at university, revealed how little I knew. Finding out about climate change, the processes and the reasons behind it, filled me with a sense of doom and guilt.
On 9th November, 1936, a blonde newborn breathed her first in Sydney, Australia. The family domiciled in Crown Street, moved to New Zealand and returned after the war when she was 16 years of age to reside in a waterfront home in Cronulla. She was christened, Valerie May.
«Neptune XXI century» magazine unfailingly pursues its activity in the field of undersea archeology. Thus, in August of 2006 the research team of our magazine comprising of camera-men and assisting them divers performed series of dives on the wreck of the screw drived sailer – frigate «Oleg», sunken in 1869 nearby the Gogland island. The main task of this expedition was to make photo-shooting of the wreck, resting on the 60 meters depth of the Baltic sea.