Special coverage of the Cayman Islands by two renown residents -- take a tour with Cathy Church and Lawson Wood to Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Stingray City and the new artificial reef of the USS Kittiwake off Grand Cayman Island.
Don Silcock takes us to the mystical haven of Halmahera in the Maluku Islands. Read Rob Rondeau on the issue of wrecks leaking fuel; Mark Powell on the intricacies of team diving; Aaron Gekoski on the shark finning crisis in Mozambique and the documentary film, Shiver; Keri Wilk on the use of snoots in underwater photography; Oceanic design inspired by the sea; Artist Sayaka Kajita Ganz on her wondrous fish sculptures made of reused plastic and metal objects; plus current news about recent discoveries in marine ecology and shipwrecks, new equipment, industry and training events, travel tips, sharks, whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and more...
Main features in this issue include:
When I began shooting underwater 15 years ago, the underwater photography world was much smaller than it is today. Traveling with oodles of slide film, being restricted to 36 exposures per dive, and requiring an intimate understanding of how light works are just a few factors which kept underwater imaging from being widely popular.
What was once a very niche hobby, pursued only by the most determined and passionate individuals, has now become almost as common as scuba diving itself.
"Stingray kills television host"
The headlines soon spread all over the world when the famous Australian philanthropist and television host, “crocodile hunter” Steve Irwin, was recently killed by a stingray, also known as a whiptail stingray.
The ‘sting’, which gives these fishes their common name, is a modified dermal denticle mounted near the base of the tail, about one-third along its total length. The sting consists of a blade-like barb with serrations along both edges and a venom gland at the base. (see figure next page)