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Mating Manta Rays Caught on Tape

Rangiroa, French Polynesia

Text and photos by Peter Schneider

Rangiroa, this is the name of the place I call my home…at least since I moved here five years ago. It is the second biggest atoll in the world and the biggest one in French Polynesia. Its name, “huge sky,” describes accurately the phenomena when on a windless day the smooth surface of the lagoon melts with the sky. But there is more Rangiroa is famous for. It’s the abundance of pelagic fish, especially sharks…great hammerheads, silvertips, and hundreds of grey reef sharks. Filmmakers from all over the world make the long journey to the midst of the Pacific Ocean for them…or better to take good, clear images of them. Howard Hall, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Luc Besson, and Jean-Jacques Mantello just to name a few.

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Shark Tooth Diving in Venice Florida

by Mike McNulty

Like many folks who have been diving for many years, I’m always
looking for something unique to make diving more interesting. In the 30 years
since I became certified, I’ve done underwater photography as well as
spearfishing. I’ve dove in lakes, quarries, rivers, coral reefs, and kelp
‘forests’. I’ve done ‘shark dives,’ drift dives, and wreck dives, and I’ve
always looked for ‘something else’ to keep things interesting. Then I found
it…fossil diving.

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Why Marine Conservation Should be an Important Part of All Dive Training Courses

by David Miner

Diving is a multi-million dollar business with money being spent on dive training, dive equipment, and dive travel by people wanting to dive on reefs around the world. Reefs are prolific habitats for thousands of species of marine life and have called these reefs home for millions of years. People travel thousands of miles and spend thousands of dollars to be able to dive on a reef and experience the richness and beauty a reef dive provides. In a poll conducted by Divingindepth.com last month on where people dive the most, the “ocean” was checked the most, meaning that most people dive in the ocean and mostly on some type of reef structure, whether artificial or natural.

Notice some of the tips of the coral are white – This is a result of the coral
bleaching (dying) from sea temperatures being too high

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