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X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
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X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
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X-Ray Mag #62

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Diving Thailand's Similan Islands at Khao Lak, Papua New Guinea's Kimbe Bay, Malapascua Island's Thresher Sharks in the Philippines, The Coral Triangle's Biodiversity, Spain's España Wreck, HTMS Sattakut Wreck at Koh Tao Island, Just Culture, Scuba Confidential, Diving Solo, Freediving for Underwater Photographers, Evie Dudas Profile, Interview with artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

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Thailand's Khoa Lak: Diving the Similan Islands, by Kelly LaClaire; Papua New Guinea's Kimbe Bay: The Coral Crucible, by Don Silcock

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News: Reef fish follow their noses, which is why Marine Protected Areas might not be enough; Dangerous jellyfish blooms are predictable; Fish need to decompress too; Argentinean wildlife haven declared Biosphere Reserve; How sea creatures change colour; Randy toadfish kept Californians awake at night. Wreck Rap: España Wreck: The Disappearance of a Prestigious Battleship, by Vic Verlinden; HTMS Sattakut Wreck, by Nick Shallcross; WWI Russian submarine located by Estonian divers; Wreck confirmed to be WWII U.S. cruiser; Shipwreck hunters discover U.S.A.F. aircraft lost 62 years ago; Treasure discovery on 1715 wreck off U.S. State of Florida. Travel tips: Preparing yourself for dive travel, by Don and Betty Orr; Travel News: Florida Panhandle launches shipwreck trail; North Korea announces plans to open underwater resort; Car rental firms caught overcharging customers from wealthier countries; Airbus unveils prototype “smart” bag; Airlines poised to phase out seat-back screens

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Thailand's Khoa Lak: Diving the Similan Islands, by Kelly LaClaire; Papua New Guinea's Kimbe Bay: The Coral Crucible, by Don Silcock

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Equipment News: U-Boat Worx Super Yacht Sub, Green Force Heptastor 2000DPM light, Fourth Element J2 collection, Subgear beach bag, AP Diving connector, Aqua-Vu Micro Series, Pelican ProGear Elite, Otter MK2 Britannic, KISS Sidekick. Biodiversity at the heart of the Coral Triangle, by Dr Richard Smith; Scuba Confidential: If diving was new, by Simon Pridmore; Profile: Evie Dudas, by Cathie Cush

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Books and Media: Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do, by Wallace J. Nichols; Blue Hope: Exploring and Caring for Earth’s Magnificent Ocean, by Sylvia A. Earle; Sylvia Earle: Ocean Explorer, by Dennis Fertig. Dive: The World’s Best Diving Destinations, by Lawson Wood. Just Culture: It Underpins Everything, by Gareth Lock. Marine Mammals: New species of dolphin discovered near Australia; Humpback Fluke ID project needs your help; Blue whales often cross shipping lanes. Shark Tales: Malapascua’s Thresher Sharks, by Kurt Amsler; Three hundred one scientists criticize Australian shark cull, by Ila France Porcher; An Oceanic Time Bomb, by Ila France Porcher. The Philippines’ Malapascua Island: Where Thresher Sharks Roam, by Andy Murch.

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Tech Talk: Diving Solo Risk Management, by Steve Lewis. UW Photo & Video: Apnea Pix: Freediving for Underwater Photographers, by Kurt Amsler; UW Photo & Video News: Gates Arri Alexa Housing; Sea&Sea RX100-III Housing; Subal ND4S Angler Housing; Recsea RX100 III Housing; Sony PXW-X70 Camcorder; Ikelite RX100 III Housing; Nauticam GH4 Housing. Portfolio: Jason deCaires Taylor, edted by Gunild Symes

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X-Ray Mag #61

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Italy's Ponza Island, Bali's Tulamben, North Sea's Dogger Bank, Moby-Dick's Sperm Whales, U-2511 Wreck, Checklists, Profiles of Wreckers, Shark Art of Wolfgang Leander, UW Modeling Tips, Scuba Confidential, Dive Fitness, Brazil UWP Competition report, Marionette Taboniar portfolio; Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

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Italy's Ponza Island: The Isle of Circe the Sorceress, by Sabrina Bellon with photos by Franco Banfi; Bali's Tulamben: Muck Diving Heaven, by Nick Shallcross

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News: US to create world's largest marine park; New Zealand opens new marine park; New Caledonia creates massive new marine park; Fish have feelings too; Champagne stored on the bottom of the Baltic near classic wrecks; Pitcairn Islands a treasure trove of new species. Wreck Rap: Operation Deadlight; Baltic tunnel project uncovers several 17th century wrecks; Has Columbus' flagship, Santa Maria, been found? Greater protection for ships lost in First World War. Industry News: James Delgado honoured by the Spanish King; Malaysia Minister of Science invites Kids Scuba to celebrate World Oceans Day. Travel News: UK’s first underwater submarine dive trail opens; Worldwide Dive and Sail to offer Galapagos trips; Arriving without your gear; British Virgin Islands establish shark sanctuary; See more of Cuba; You may have salad; Could whale-watching replace whaling in Japan? Wakatobi Workshop Week 2015. Ron Akeson: Mission Well Done, by Barb Roy.

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Italy's Ponza Island: The Isle of Circe the Sorceress, by Sabrina Bellon with photos by Franco Banfi; Bali's Tulamben: Muck Diving Heaven, by Nick Shallcross

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Equipment News: Poseidon's Wingman bailout tank bag; HDC Tech Drysuit by Bare; Hollis' SMS75 sidemount system; Nordi Compressori's TT-Mixing Panel; Atomic Aquatic's Cobalt 2 dive computer; Underwater touchscreen by iDive/Watershot; Zenith second stage from HOG; AP Diving announces additional oxygen cell supply for their Inspiration range CCRs; Review: Watershed Chattooga Drybag, by Matthew Meier. Interviewing Wreckers: Four Pioneering Wreck Divers, by Michael Menduno. The Drowned Lands of Doggerland, by Peter Symes with photos by Cor Kuyvenhoven and Jesca Zweijtzer. Scuba Confidential: How Did That Get in There? Water in the Tank Mystery, by Simon Pridmore. Books & Media News: Deep, by James Nestor; Dive Truk Lagoon: The Japanese WWII Pacific Shipwrecks, by Rod Macdonald; Heart of the Maya, by Eric Douglas; Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis, by Edgar USMC Harrell, David Harrell, and Oliver North.

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Dive Fitness: Leg Strong, by Gretchen Ashton; Marine Mammals: Looking for Moby Dick, by Kurt Amsler; Rewards offered for sighting Yangtze porpoise; Female humpbacks head to shallower waters to shake off bothersome males; Mystery solved: Minke whale cause of bizarre quacking sound. Shark Tales: The Art of Wolfgang Leander, by Ila France Porcher; Flirting sharks at Sea Life Centres hold promise for wild populations.

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Checklists -- A Tick In the Box, by Gareth Lock; Underwater Modeling Tips, by Lyn Boyun Chung; Photo & Video News: Nauticam NA-D4s Housing, Subal E-M1 Housing, Aditech Mangrove Video Light, Sony's RX100 III; Nauticam NA-a6000 Housing; Salvador hosts the Brazilian National Underwater Photography Competition; Portfolio: Marionette Taboniar

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X-Ray Mag #60

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Indonesia's Gorontalo, Cayman Brac, Antarctica, Brazil's Fernando de Noronha, New Dalarö wreck park in the works in Sweden, Reviewing Poseidon's SE7EN rebreather, The art of bailing out, Idiot buddies, Safety culture, Scuba Confidential, Sensational snoots, Overview of photo editing software, Seacam Academy, Florida's artificial reefs, Erika Pochybova-Johnson portfolio; Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

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Indonesia's Gorontalo, Cayman Brac, Antarctica, Brazil's Fernando de Noronha.

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Can corals really adapt to rising sea temperatures? Taking on the lionfish; Call in some mussel; Oxygen via pills? Doctor recommends screening divers for PFO; Japan designates new marine park in Okinawa; Oman protects two coral-rich bays; Sargasso Sea gets international protection; Florida dive operators face charges of illegal shark feeding; Dive Industry News; Florida’s artificial reefs; Dalarö wreck park; HMCS Annapolis artificial reef project stalls; Rising militancy in the Sinai; New Zealand reigns in shark diving operators

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The surreal shores of Gorontalo, Indonesia, by Steve Jones; Cayman Brac: The best shore diving in the Caribbean, by Lawson Wood.

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Equipment News; Safety culture, by Gareth Lock; Antarctica, by Yoland Bosinger.

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A closer look at recreational rebreathers: Taking Poseidon's Se7en for a spin; Scuba Confidential: Don’t let folk get carried away, by Simon Pridmore; Books & Media News; Why you should never go diving with an idiot buddy, by Steve Lewis; Cognition in sharks, by Ila France Porcher; The art of bailing out, by Pascal Bernabe.

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Precision control of lights: Sensational snoots, by Mike Bartick; Photo News; SEACAM Underwater Photo Academy, by Kurt Amsler; An overview of photo editing software, by Matthew Meier; Brazil's Fernando de Noronha: Jewel of Nature, by Michel Braunstien; Portfolio: Erika Pochybova-Johnson

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X-Ray Mag #59

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South Africa's Sardine Run & Cage Diving, Honduras' Miskito Cays, Mars the Magnificent 16th century wreck in Sweden, Richard Lundgren interview, Washington State's Hood Canal, Namibian Sinkholes, Gary Gentile profile, Ghost Fishing, Basking Sharks, Wide-Angle with Mirrorless Cameras, Scuba Confidential on Breaking the Chain, Tech Talk: Listerners, Watchers and Doers, Michael Frank portfolio; Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, turtle news, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

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South Africa's Sardine Run and Cage Diving, by Scott Bennett; Honduras' Miskito Cays, by George Stoyle; Washington State's Hood Canal, by Barb Roy

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News: Pacific reef thrives in acidic water; Palau bans commercial fishing within its waters; Mystery disease wipes out scores of sea stars along America's Pacific coast; Bald reef gets seaweed transplant; The battle of the comb jellies; New species of red coral discovered; Coral reef found off Greenland, a first; Success: First species listed as threathened to go off the list; Alabama's ancient underwater forest could become marine sanctuary; The SeaOrbiter; Coral bleaching turns juvenile fish reckless; Salmon use the Earth's magnetic field to navigate. Wreck Rap: Scapa Flow anniversary; Proving the Obvious: How Hard Can It Be? Travel News: Taiwan launches free WiFi for tourists; Über, flight car and Airbrb controversies; European Union strengthens air passengers’ rights; Beware of your soap, shampoo and cosmetics; They may kill the reef; Japanese whaling a threat to Kaikoura tourism; Shark cull in Western Australia will put off tourists, Richard Branson says; Roddenberry Dive Team and X-Ray Mag go to Fiji — Join Us!

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South Africa's Sardine Run and Cage Diving, by Scott Bennett; Mars the Magnificent: 16th Century Swedish Wreck, by Veronica Palm; Richard Lundgren: The Man From Mars, by Michael Mendunno

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Ghost Fishing: Can We Prevent It? by Heather Hamza; Gary Gentile: Deep Wreck Diver, by Michael Mendunno; Equipment News: Cressi Victory dive knife, Scubapro MK21 / S560, iDive analysor dive computer watch, Santi Ladies First drysuit, Light Monkey’s 26W LED Primary Lighting System, Fourth Element changing mat, DIve Rite's Nomad LT Extrem BCD. Honduras' Miskito Cays, by George Stoyle; Scuba Confidential: Breaking the Chain, by Simon Pridmore

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Washington State's Hood Canal, by Barb Roy; Books and Media: Staying Alive: Applying Risk Management to Advanced Scuba Diving, by Steve Lewis; Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, by Julie Decker; Bahamas Blue, by David Poyer; Sensational Seas of Sabah, by Scubazoo. Marine Mammals: Extinct mammals of the Ancient North Pacific revealed in study; How whale poop makes breathing just a bit easier for humans; Blue whales off New Zealand; Brazilean River Dolphin; New species of whale discovered. Namibian Sinkholes: Exploring the Magic Triangle, by Pierre Constant. Turtle Tales: Pigments from fossils hold key to colors of ancient sea creatures; Leatherback turtle by-catch hotspots identified in new study

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Shark Tales: The Basking Shark, by Lawson Wood. Tech Talk: Listeners, Watchers & Doers: Is It the Agency or the Instructor That's Important? by Steve Lewis. Mirrorless Cameras & Wide-Angle Underwater Photography, by Don Silcock. Photo & Video News: Gates Deep Dragon Housing, Nauticam Sony A7 Housing, Aquapazza APSO-DPM Housing, Aquatica AE-M1 Housing, Ikelite D5300 Housing, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Camera, Aquatica A1D-C/X Housing. Michael Frank Portfolio, by Gunild Symes

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X-Ray Mag #58

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Cuba's Gardens of the Queen, Indonesia's Bunaken, Solomon Islands' New Georgia, Norway's Frankenwald wreck, Fluorescent Night Diving, Doug Allan profile, Dive Fitness on Back & Biceps, Scuba Confidential on O2, Sharks Close to Extinction, Tech Talk on Exposure, Blu Rivard portfolio; Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, turtle news, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

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Diving the Gardens of the Queen in Cuba with Matthew Meier; Cuba Photojournal by Larry Cohen and Olga Torrey

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News: In Fiji, coral reef health is linked to management of terrestrial ecosystems; Reef fish live and hunt in teams; Young parrotfish roam, older ones stay put; Philippine relief effort, by Anne Paylor; Damaged reefs can recover; Mangrove expands in Florida. Frankenwald: A World-Class Wreck Dive, by Christian Skauge. Wreck Rap: WWII German U-boat discovered in Java Sea; Last Japanese WWII mega-sub located. Travel News: Archaeological diving parks to open in Greece; Now you may also use your electronics during take-off and landing; Donsol whale sharks make comeback; India's first liveaboard to do volcanic diving; Irish Underwater Trail; Get your tickets now for the TEK Party of the Year; Roddenberry Dive Team and X-RAY MAG go to Fiji -- join us!

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Gardens of the Queen, Cuba, by Matthew Meier; Cuba Photojournal, by Larry Cohen and Olga Torrey

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Equipment News: Scubapro Chromis dive computer, Light & Motion Gobe torch, Aeris A300 dive computer, Otter Gators, Poseidon SE7EN rebreather, Oceanic mesh bag, Maxtec dive logging software, Seac's new DX and MX regulators, Spyderco Pacific Salt Black Blade, Eezycut Trilobite cutter. Profile: Doug Allan, by Alison Barrat. Scuba Confidential: Where's the O2? by Simon Pridmore. Diving New Georgia, Solomon Islands, by Don Silcock

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Dive Fitness: Back & Biceps, by Gretchen Aston. Books & Media: Are Dolphins Really Smart? by Justin Gregg; The Basics of Rebreather Diving, by Jill Heinerth; Careers in Diving DVD, directed by Steven M. Barsky; Underwater Photography: Art and Techniques, by Nick Robertson-Brown; Lost Beneath the Ice: The Story of HMS Investigator, by Andrew Cohen. Marine Mammals: Dolphins using puffer fish as narcotics; Maui's dolphin getting some help -- but it may not be enough. Diving Indonesia's Bunaken, by Kelly LaClaire. Turtle Tales: Longline fishing off Costa Rica continues killing sea turtles; Indonesian village turns to traditional law to protect sea turtles. Shark Tales: Hunted Out of Fear -- Close to Extinction, by Rohan Perkins; Sharks are vital to coral reef recovery

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Tech Talk: Exposure, by Steve Lewis. On the Rise: Fluorescent Night Diving, by Steffen Beyer. Photo & Video News: Nauticam S120 housing, Nauticam Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera housing, Sea & Sea EOS 70D housing, Nauticam OM-D E-M1 housing, Sea & Sea RX100 housing, Ikelite D610 housing, Gates Sony Z100 housing, Fantasea G16 housing, Nauticam G16 housing, Aditech MVHS-FS700 Camcorder housing. Blu Rivard Portfolio, by Gunild Symes

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X-Ray Mag #57

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57 - Nov 2013
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Diving Okinawa in Japan; Exploring sinkholes in Madagascar; Diving the San Juan Islands of Washington State; Expedition to the Alexander Hamilton in Iceland; Are Rebreathers the Future of Diving; Expedition to Ressel Cave; Disabled diving in Russia's Star City; Interview with Tom Ingram; Nancy Tilles portfolio; Scuba Confidential with Simon Pridmore; Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, turtle news, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

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Diving Okinawa in Japan with Farhat Jah; Exploring sinkholes in Madagascar with Pierre Constant

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News: Ocean management -- more protection, less economic impact; Researchers find key to reef prosperity; Small flying drone maps 300-year-old reefs; Marine protected areas surpass size of Europe; Corals, the 'smell of the ocean', can make clouds in the sky; Scuba Diving Santas; WDHOF and OWUSS Rolex scuba scholarships; Stig Severinsen swims 250ft under 3ft of ice in speedo; British diver sets new world record. Wreck Rap: Expedition Alexander Hamilton by Ocean Reef, by Chris Haslam; Shipwreck site becomes Indiana's first underwater nature preserve; ROVs to search for fallen WWII airman; Underwater archaeologists to verify Ptolemy's account of ancient ports in south India. Travel News: Discount comes at a price; Soon portable electronics may remain on during take-off and landing; No more jetlag; T-Mobile to eliminate international data fees; Oneworld launches global booking app

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Diving Okinawa in Japan with Farhat Jah; Exploring sinkholes in Madagascar with Pierre Constant

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Equipment News: Waterproof 3D vest; Light Monkey helmet; Hollis DC7 500E first stage; AP CO2 sensor; Darkfin gloves; Review of Waterproof D9 Drysuit; AP Diving RB mouthpiece retainer headstrap; Halcyon Contour SM. Tech Talk: Are rebreathers the future of diving? by Michael Menduno. Washington State's San Juan Islands, by Barb Roy. Books and Media: Mid-Ocean Ridges, by Roger Searle; Octopus, by Katherine Harmon Courage; Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos 27, edited by Tin-Yam Chan et al; The Shark That Walks on Land, by Michael Bright; Fascination Coral Reef DVD, directed by Rene Schoepfer; Coral, by Marion Endt-Jones; Lost Beneath the Ice -- The Story of the HMS Investigator, by Andrew Cohen; Ecology of Australian Temperate Reefs, edited by S. Shepherd and G. Edgar; Review of Shamandura Generation, by Claudio Di Maneo.

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Profile: Tom Ingram, An Interview With DEMA's Director, by Rosemary E Lunn. Scuba Confidential: Unselling the Product, by Simon Pridmore. New dates set for EuroTek2014; Marine Mammals: False killer whales team up with bottlenose dolphins to avert predators; Blue whale earwax reveals new secrets, study says. Tech Talk: Pushing the Ressel, by Erik Wouters. Turtle Tales: Puerto Rico reports record number of leatherback hatchlings; Thousands of sea turtles killed by longline fishery in Costa Rica. Shark Tales: James Abernethy -- Deep Trust In Sharks, by Ila France Porcher; Strange creature washes up on Spanish beach; Great white sharks fight and inflict wounds upon each other.

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Smart Start -- Preparing for your first photo dive, by Lars Stenholt Kirkegaard; Photo & Video News: Nauticam NA-70D housing; Sea & Sea RDX-100D housing; Sony A7 and A7R; The New Nikonos; Ikelite EOS 70D housing; Olympus OM-D 3-M1; Sealux Lumix GH3 housing; Nikon's D610. Star City -- Hydrospace without barriers, by Svetlana Murashkina; Portfolio: Nancy Tilles

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X-Ray Mag #56

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Diving Indonesia's Lembeh Strait and Buyat Bay; Mexico's Sea of Cortez; Portugal's artificial reef; Sidemount diving; Hardhat diving; Opening up closed circuit; Interview with Mike Fletcher; Beyond the muck ecology; Sea legs for dive fitness; Wide-macro fisheye photography for critters; Mirrorless macro underwater photography; Sharon Brill portfolio; Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, turtle news, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

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Indonesia's Lembeh Strait, by Andrea & Antonella Ferrari; Fisheye for Critters, by Andrea & Antonella Ferrari; North Sulawesi -- Lembeh Strait and Buyat Bay, by Kelly LaClaire; Ecology: Beyond the Muck, by Mike Bartick

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News: Is the Pacific Ocean pausing Global Warming? Ailing California seagrass boosted by return of sea otters; The deeper the fish, the more mercury they accumulate; Tubbataha Reef -- The crown jewel of Philippines diving. Wreck Rap: Portugal's Hermenegildo Capelo adds to unique diving; Minesweeper and tank see new life as artifical reef in Denmark; Confirmed -- Lost 19th century wreck is U.S. Coast Survey steamer, NOAA says; Artificial reef on Malta; Find three wrecks for the price of one; Royal Navy survey finds wrecks off the Libyan coast; Turkish shipwreck survey in ancient Troy. Travel News: Divers from the United States can now explore Cuba; The diving community gains two deco chambers and loses one; High speed internet in planes next year; Mosquito repellant; Helpful travel websites; Forgot your charger?

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Lembeh Strait: Critter Central -- Fantastic Muck Diving in Indonesia, by Andrea & Antonella Ferrari; Fish-Eye for Critters -- In the Lembeh Strait, by Andrea & Antonella Ferrari; Indonesia's North Sulawesi -- Buyat Bay and Lembeh Strait, by Kelly LaClaire; Ecology: Beyond the Muck, by Mike Bartick

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Heavy Metal: The Hardhat Diving Experience, by Larry Cohen; Profile: Mike Fletcher -- The Dive Detective in Depth, by Robert Osborne; Equipment: Alpina's Extreme Diver 300 Orange dive watch, Cressi's Giotto wrist mounted air/nitrox computer, HOG finger spool, Aqua Lung Shot FX fins; Suex Xjoy 2 propulsion vehicle.

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Dive Fitness: Sea Legs -- Power, Strength and Endurance for Diving, by Gretchen Ashton. Books & Media: Biology of Butterflyfishes, edited by Morgan S Pratchett, Michael L. Berumen and B.G. Kapoor; Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Bali -- Best Dive Sites Around Bali, by Tim Rock and Simon Pridmore; From the Depths -- Life Lesson from a Scuba Diver's Perspective, by Jack Dolan; Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, by Tim Rock; Sharks and People -- Exploring Our Relationship with the Most Feared Fish in the Sea, by Thomas P. Peschak; Sharks -- Ancient Predators in a Modern Sea, by Salvador Jorgensen; Complete Guide to Underwater Digital Photography, ebook by Mathieu Meur. Mexico's Sea of Cortez -- Where the Wild Things Are, by Matthew Meier; Marine Mammals: Gangetic dolphin meat sold openly in India's Assam Province; Disturbing increase in St. Lawrence beluga deaths. Turtle Tales: Plastic ingestion on the rise; Why do female loggerhead sea turtles always return to their place of birth? How did the turtle get its hard shell? Shark Tales: Gatherings of the Gentle Giants, by Georgina Wiersma

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Tech Talk: Sidemount -- It's everywhere but who's to blame, by Steve Lewis; Opening Up Closed Circuit, by Simon Pridmore; Innerspace 2013 recap, by Rosemary E Lunn. Photo & Video: Mirrorless Macro -- Close-up Underwater Photography with Mirrorless Cameras, by Don Silcock; Photo & Video News: Garmin's VIRB Action Camera, Sony a3000 Mirrorless Camera, Sony NEX-5T, 10Bar OMD Housing, Panasonic GX7, Canon EOS 70D DSLR, Recsea sony RX100 MkII Housing; Canon updates popular G15 and S120 compact cameras. Portfolio: Sharon Brill.

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X-Ray Mag #55

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Incredibly rich diving in Indonesia's Raja Ampat; D-Day wrecks of Normandy, France; Underwater wine in Costa Brava, Spain; Red Sea wrecks near Hurghada, Egypt; Uluburun wreck from 1300 BC, Turkey; Bailout Gas in Cave diving/CCR training; Fluoro diving and photography; Stretching for divers; Interview with conservationist Dr Mark Erdmann; What sharks are doing when no one is looking; Lauren Kussro portfolio; Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, turtle news, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

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Steve Jones and Don Silcock give us two takes on the underwater treasures and incredibly rich diversity to be found in the mystical isles of Indonesia's Raja Ampat, plus an interview with conservationist Dr Mark Erdmann, by Steve Jones.

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News: How coral islands form; Plants actively shape marsh landscapes to benefit themselves; Mariana Trench not so dead after all; Marine animals help disperse seagrass, new study says; How do oysters make pearls round; Breaching the final frontier; Chagos marine park ruled lawful; Century-old ship aids ocean and climate change research. Wreck Rap: D-Day Wrecks of Normandy, France, by Steve Jones; German WWII bomer raised from English Channel; Shipwreck in Sweden revealed to be 15th century Danish Royal Yatch; New underwater historic wreck trail being developed off southern coast of England; Panoramic shot of Charles Brown wreck marks tenth anniversary of Caribbean artifical reef; NOAA identifies 36 wrecks as possible oil pollution threats; Uluburon wreck: The oldest wreck in the world, Turkey, by Rico Besserdich. Training Bulletin: Hollis Gear and NAUI team up on new Prism rebreather training; DEMA and DAN offer diver awareness poster; New SSI/Poseidon professional program marks big change in recreational scuba diver training. Travel News: FCC to improve in-flight Wi-Fi; Airlines get shark friendly

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Indonesia's Raja Ampat: The Four Kings, by Steve Jones; Profile: Dr Mark Erdmann, by Steve Jones; Raja Ampat: Incredibly Rich Diving, by Don Silcock

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Equipment News: Aeris Jetpack BCD, Cressi Leonardo dive computer, AquaLung Ava gloves for women, Aqualite Eled video light, Waterproof W4 wetsuit, Finn light short, DUI BlueHeat heated garment, Scubapro dive computer; Red Sea Wrecks, Hurghada, Egypt, by Brandi Mueller; Underwater Vintage, Costa Brava, Spain, by Larry Cohen; Stretching for Divers, by Gretchen Ashton

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Books & Media: Biology of reefs and reef organisms, by Walter Goldberg; England's shipwreck heritage from logboats to U-boats, by Serena Cant; Biology of sharks and rays, by A. Peter Kimley; The lost whale: The true story of an orca named Luna, by Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm; Listening to sea lions, by Sarah Keene Meltzoff; Stung: On jellyfish blooms and the future of the ocean, by Lisa-ann Gershwin; Seaweeds: Edible, available and sustainable, by Ole G. Mouritsen; Deep Sea ID App, by the National History Museum. Marine Mammals: Humpback whales are able teach each other hunting techniques; Evolution of baleen whales and penguins possibly triggered by sea-ice ecosystem; "Morally unacceptable"— Captive dolphin shows banned in India; Navy dolphin uncovers 19th century torpedo. Turtle Tales: Sea turtle found that pooped plastic for a month; A conservation success story; Fishery rule could benefit marine turtles; Sea turtles benefiting from protected areas; Logs block leatherback turtles nesting in Gabon; Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles celebrates its 25th anniversary. Shark Tales: What are sharks doing when no one is looking—On the ethology of reef sharks, by Ila France Porcher; Pacific Great White Shark not endangered NOAA finds

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Tech Talk: Cave Diving and CCR Training—The issue of bailout gas, by Steve Lewis; Fluoro diving and photography, by Kevin Deacon; Photo & Video News: Nauticam GH3 housing, Nauticam Canon EOS-6D housing, Ikelite GH3 Smart Housing, Sea&Sea's MDX-6D housing, Ikelite housings for Nikon P330 and S9500, Aquatica AD600 housing; MyShot Photo Contest 2013; DivePhotoGuide/Wetpixel hold exhibit at United Nations. Portfolio: Lauren Kussro.

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X-Ray Mag #54

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54 - May 2013
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Diving Cocos Island; British Columbia's Southern Gulf Islands; Seals of Farne Islands; The Lermontov Wreck off New Zealand; Japan's Yonaguni Jima; Finland's Ojamo Mine; Expedition to the Maldives; Dive Fitness Programs for Divers; Scuba Instructor Training; Tech: Self-Sufficiency vs Team Diving; Macro with Mirrorless Cameras; Peter Hughes Profile; Frozen Water: Amanda Brisbane's Sand Cast Glass; Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, turtle news, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

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Diving Costa Rica's Cocos Island by Matthew Meier; British Columbia's Southern Gulf Islands by Barb Roy and Wayne Grant

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News: The coral bots are coming; Unraveling the Coelacanth; Seagrasses reduce acidity; Remote reef underwent fast recovery from bleacing event; Resilience to ocean acidification found in microscopic plants; Protect mangrove and curb CO2; Ghost crabs change camouflage from day to night; South Africa designates Prince Edward Islands marine protected area; Planned Kenyan whale shark 'enclosure' infuriates conservationists. Wreck Rap: The Lermontov Wreck by Kevin Davidson; Mystery wreck surfaces inside Stockholm; Another German WWII found off Norway; Plymouth Solstice; Diving Pioneers headline TEKCamp 2013. Training Bulletin: So you want to be a scuba instructor... just as soon as you get OW certified; New courses at DDRC; DAN Lectures. Travel News: Climate change could make for a bumpy flight; Social media booking; LAX uses dogs to help passengers de-stress; Apps for dive travellers: Flightstats Airport Zoom, All My Baggage, U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler, Tip Check Calculator Free; Maldives Expedition October 2013

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Diving Costa Rica's Cocos Island by Matthew Meier; British Columbia's Southern Gulf Islands by Barb Roy and Wayne Grant

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Equipment News: Fourth Element Halo 3D, Hollis LX Wing, White Arrow FAS-t, Scubapro 50 Limited Edition, Poseidon top; Profile: Peter Hughes; Diving with Seals of the Farne Islands by Lawson Wood; Turtle Tales: Heat could be stifling turtles' swimming abilities in Australia; Leatherback sea turtle will be extinct in 20 years; Georgia beach 'critical' for loggerheads; Loggerhead turtles threatened by gillnet fishing in Baja, Mexico; Hawksbill sea turtles are monogamous; State of California seeks more science before opening protected sea turtle habitat to swordfishing. Books and Media: Beautiful Whale by Bryant Austin, Archaeology and the Sea in the Maltese Islands by Timmy Gambin and Elaine Azzopardi, Naval Frogmen: Wartime Underwater Operators by T.J. Waldron and James Gleeson, Oceans Odyssey 3: The Deep-Sea Tortugas Shipwreck, Straits of Florida—A Merchant Vessel from Spain’s 1622 Tierra Firme Fleet by Sean A. Kingsley, Sharks of the World: A Fully Illustrated Guide by David A. Ebert and Sarah Fowler, Classic Darksite Diving: Cave diving sites of Britain and Europe by Martyn Farr, Review of Innovative Methods of Marine Ecosystem Restoration edited by Thomas J. Goreau and Robert Kent Trench. Ojamo Mine by Antti Apunen

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Tech Talk: Tales of 'Daring Do' -- And a Sobering Lesson from OZTek 2013; 'YankTek ahead' TEKDiveUSA.2014; Fitness Programs for Divers by Gretchen M. Ashton; Marine Mammals: Baleen filters differently than previously supposed; New study sheds light on pilot whale strandings, but questions still remain; Sperm whales adopt deformed dolphin; Best anti-whaling season yet for Sea Shepherd -- Lawsuits still flying; Australia takes Japan to court; Shark Tales: Where and why sharks attack; Great white sharks as scavengers; Wobbegongs of Raja Ampat; Tourists alter stingray behaviour; Sharks and manta rays win protection; One for all or all for one? Self-Sufficiency vs Team Diving by Mark Powell

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Mirrorless and Macro by Don Silcock; Photo and Video News: Aquatica AD4 Housing, 10Bar Olympus 3PL-5 Housing, Nauticam Canon EOS-M Housing, Gates Canon HF G-20 Camcorder Housing, Gates Sony F55 Housing, Amphibico Genesis FS700 Housing, Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1; Unique Dive Site: Yonaguni Jima by Farhat Jah; Amanda Brisbane Portfolio

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X-Ray Mag #53

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Diving the Maldives; Croatia's Murter Island; Wreck diving in Chuuk and Guam; Cave diving under Budapest; The new sport of hockey under ice; Mako magic; Making the shot in a Mayan cenote; Getting in shape for spring; Learning cave diving with Pascal Bernabé; Housings for mirrorless cameras; Brilliant fish on silk by Daniel Jean-Baptiste of St. Lucia; Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, turtle news, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

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Sumptuous Diving in the Maldives, by Scott Johnson; Croatia: Murter Island -- Diving the Adriatic Sea, by Peter Symes and Andrey Bizyukin

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News: New Zealand's new deep sea discoveries; Healthy reefs need a mix of picky eaters; Spanish fossil reef reveals oldest spider crabs; NOAA plan addresses coral loss on Maui reef; Australia's Great Barrier Reef on list of shame? Brouhaha over Tubbataha; Russian researchers reach bottom of 'Russian Loch Ness' in first-ever dive in one of the planet's 'Poles of Cold'; Women scuba divers in Saudi Arabia demand own section of sea; New kind of underwater volcano found; Tsunami created giant underwater dunes off Japan; Noise makes crabs crabby; Symbiosis between barnacles and gorgonian; Anemonefish oxygenate their anemone hosts; Maldives pledges entire country to become bioreserve by 2017. Wreck Rap: The Tale of Two Wrecks of Guam, by Brandi Mueller. Travel News: World's biggest airport to be built in Istanbul; Pay-as-you-go carsharing goes global, appeals to tourists, not just locals; EC debates regulation of carry-on luggage fees; Planes powered by plants look promising; Airlines must compensate passengers for delays; Track your (lost) luggage; Wikivoyage presents destination guides; Apps for dive travellers; Sharks show plane makers how to fly more efficiently

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Sumptuous Diving in the Maldives, by Scott Johnson. Croatia: Murter Island -- Diving the Adriatic Sea, by Peter Symes and Andrey Bizyukin.

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Equipment News: Suunto DX, Neptune Space G.Divers Mask, Oceanic Pro Plus 3, Aqvatech LEDs, Aquabotix, Camaro's C-8-T drysuit, Tusa's TA-200A anti-fog film, DiveAlert SMB LED, Sea-Doo's RS2, TEMC's DE-OX Check, DivePhone. Media: The North America Dive Guide by Michael Hughes; Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life by Brandon Cole and Scott W. Michael; Dead Men's Silver: The Story of Australia's Greatest Shipwreck Hunter by Hugh Edwards; Explore with Jean-Michel Cousteau: The Pacific Islands National Marine Sanctuaries; Bioluminescence: Living lights, Lights for Living by Therese Wilson and J. Woodland Hastings; Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World by Todd McLeish; Le Petit Monde du Silence: Rivers and Ponds by Emmanuel Lattes; Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea: HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales by Rod Macdonald. Chuuk: Wreck Junkie Heaven by Brandi Mueller; Hockey Under Ice: Try Something Different compiled by Peter Symes and Manfred Dorner

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Hungary's Molnár János: Exploring Budapest's Underwater Caves by Antti Apunen; Turtle Tales: Turtle smugglers nabbed on Bali; Sea turtles breathe new life; U.S. government sued over endangered loggerhead turtles. Shark Tales: Rhode Island Mako Magic by Amanda Cotton; Oceanic whitetips roam long distances; Shark species wards off predators with its own built-in "light sabers"; Shark warrior strips naked to protect sharks; Your vacation snapshots can help marine scientists. Dive Fitness: Getting Fit and Looking Good by Gretchen M. Ashton. Marine Mammals: Seals sleep half a brain at a time; Dolphins call one another by name; Did whales eat sharks? Whaling makes no economic sense, study says; Science and industry team up to help whales.

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Tech Talk: Learning Cave Diving--Is it difficult? by Pascal Bernabé. Photo & Video: Making the Shot by Aaron Wong; Housing Mirrorless Cameras for Underwater Photography by Don Silcock; Photo & Video News: Sony NEX-3N, 10Bar's Canon EOS-M housing, Retra's new Prime Light Shaping Device, Ikelite's Nikon D5200 housing, Nauticam NEX-6 housing, Inon close-up lenses, Nikon D7100, Nauticam G15 housing. Portfolio: Silk art of Daniel Jean-Baptiste

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