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Emperor Divers’ Recognizes the Eight and Final Covid Diver Hero

Mon, 14/06/2021 - 20:46

We received hundreds of nominations and left it up to a varied panel of loyal staff to sift through the entries. All inspired, many amazed and some brought tears. What is clear is that divers are awesome, and it came as no surprise that within the international underwater community there were so many selfless, empathetic heroes.

Our panel have made the final choice for the 8th liveaboard prize, this time for a trip of a lifetime in The Maldives, Nominated by his cousin, Alex Chan, this is his story:

Juvenile clownfish exposed to artificial light at night die sooner than those exposed to natural light at night.
Juvenile clownfish exposed to artificial light at night die sooner than those exposed to natural light at night.

No artificial lights for Nemo, please!

Scientists have discovered that clownfish living closest to shore die sooner than their counterparts found farther offshore due of the difference in the amount of artificial-light exposure.

The more artificial light they were exposed to, the higher the mortality rate.

The study focused on the reefs around Moorea in French Polynesia. It involved exposing 42 juvenile clownfish to either artificial light at night (ALAN) or natural light (meaning, moonlight!) in the lagoon. Each of the 42 territories had a magnificent sea anemone.

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Eighth Annual United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition Results 2021

Wed, 09/06/2021 - 06:11

June 8, 2021 New York, NY - The winners of the United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition were announced during the second UN World Oceans Day 2021 Virtual Event on June 8, 2021. The event and competition are coordinated by the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, and were produced in partnership with Oceanic Global. The competition is curated by Ellen Cuylaerts, hosted by DivePhotoGuide (DPG), and made possible in part through the support of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment.

The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods Category - Winner: Two local Indonesian fishermen paddle in a traditional canoe along a shallow coral reef looking for a good place to put down their lines. These fishermen are practicing handline fishing, a type of sustainable fishing without poles or nets. Location: Adonara Island, Flores, Indonesia. Photo by Renee Capozzola, USA.
The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods Category - Winner: Two local Indonesian fishermen paddle in a traditional canoe along a shallow coral reef looking for a good place to put down their lines. These fishermen are practicing handline fishing, a type of sustainable fishing without poles or nets. Location: Adonara Island, Flores, Indonesia. Photo by Renee Capozzola, USA.
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Buddy Dive Resort welcomes guests arriving from the USA

Tue, 08/06/2021 - 19:08

Even though Buddy Dive Resort has been welcoming guests in the past couple of months, your buddies have been waiting for this moment and are beyond happy to welcome the first visitors from the USA again after 15 months.

The pygmy blue whale is the smallest subspecies of the blue whale (shown here).
The pygmy blue whale is the smallest subspecies of the blue whale (shown here).

Whale songs reveal new population of pygmy blue whales

A new population of pygmy blue whales has been discovered in the Indian Ocean, thanks to underwater nuclear bomb detectors that recorded their whale songs.

The research team, led by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), had been studying data from the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) which monitors international nuclear bomb testing, when an unusually strong signal caught their attention.

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Richard Moon, M.D., Named 2021 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year

Mon, 07/06/2021 - 21:14

Dr. Moon is a professor of anesthesiology at Duke University and the medical director of the Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology. He is also a former medical director of DAN.

Throughout his 40-year career in dive medicine and research, Dr. Moon has sought to gain a better understanding of cardiorespiratory function on the human body when subjected to environmental conditions such as being deep underwater or at high altitude.

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Explorer Ventures Announces New Group Liveaboard Specials for 2021

Fri, 04/06/2021 - 01:34

NEW GROUP SPECIALS - The more people you book, the more you can save!

Pay for one, get two half off (and more)! We have launched new group liveaboard specials so you can get back to diving with your friends. Celebrate the second half of 2021 by taking a holiday with your dive group. Choose from select weeks this summer on destinations around the world. It's time to explore new shores.

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Emperor Divers’ BOGO Half Price & Up To 25% Off Selected Sailings

Fri, 04/06/2021 - 00:55

Staycations are fun, but for divers nothing beats the feeling of submersing yourself on the reefs, walls and channels of the tropics surrounded by pelagics and fish of every size and colour.

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Master Liveaboards Bahamas Master Open for Business

Wed, 02/06/2021 - 22:42

On top of this, the first weekly direct flight from the UK with British Airways touched down in Nassau on the 31st May. All signs are good that other EU countries will soon follow.  

This means that The Bahamas is open for business and the Bahamas Master’s fully vaccinated crew are waiting for you. Master Liveaboards are celebrating this with some amazing offers to kick off their Shark Season. You can save between 20% and 30% on a variety of itineraries in September and October of this year if you book in June.

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DAN Welcomes 2021 Research and Safety Interns

Wed, 02/06/2021 - 22:20

The DAN Internship Program was created more than 20 years ago to give qualifiedstudents valuable experience in dive safety research. While the program is still research-oriented, its scope has expanded over the years to include projects that focus on other facets of DAN’s mission to help divers in need of emergency medical assistance and to promote dive safety through education. 

Clockwise from top right: Grant Dong, Christine Tamburri, Gabriel Graf, Rhiannon Brenner, Benjamin Kistler
Table corals can regenerate coral reefs at a very fast rate.
Table corals can regenerate coral reefs at a very fast rate.

Why table corals matter in reef regeneration

Remember those large table corals (tabular Acropora) at the Great Barrier Reef?

A new study had shown them to be “extraordinary ecosystem engineers, with the ability to regenerate coral reef habitats at the iconic reef at a rate 14 times higher—more than 20 years faster—than any other coral type.

In essence, the research indicated that overall reef recovery would slow significantly if these corals declined or disappeared at the reef.

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Emperor Divers Awards Penultimate ‘Covid Diver Hero’

Mon, 31/05/2021 - 01:31

Our 7th hero goes back to a similar theme of most of the heroes so far, as she works in healthcare, right on the front line of the pandemic. Jaime Callejon Bejarano nominated Susana Garcia, from Madrid, Spain with the following: