Now read the Whale shark article in Scubadiver Australasia for free

Due to overwhelming demand the editor in chief of Scubadiver Diego Garcia decided for the first time during a running issue to put the article online so everyone can read it for free!

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whale shark picture of the week

selamat makan / see more whaleshark pictures here

Cousteau receives Scubasigns book

IMG_6001Yesterday a major event took place in the Erasmus University.  Inspirational individuals associated with our ocean took the stage: Fabien Cousteau (oceanographer and grandson of the legendary Jacques Cousteau), Captain Paul Watson (founder of Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace), David Doubilet (underwater photographer National Geographic) and Professor Dr. Michael Braungart (Cradle-to-Cradle) shared their visions regarding the ocean and in particular the opportunities it affords humanity and the entire planetary ecosystem.

Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the late Jacques Cousteau received a copy of Scubasigns the guide to all diving hand signals from Scubasigns founders Dave van Stijn and Mike Harterink. The benefits of the book which gives divers an overview of all hand signals will go fully to the Scubasigns Foundation.

The Scubasigns Foundation contributes in the education of local people in undeveloped areas that want to become dive professionals or owners of a dive center. On the local level they want to create a strong economical interest in keeping marine life healty.

Wildlife photo of the year winner Brian Skerry will feature in Scubasigns book

We are very happy to announce that Brian Skerry’s Amazing photograph of a right whale will feature in the Scubasigns diving handsign book:

right-whale-brian-skerry‘Swimming with a 14-metre-long, 70-tonne whale, off the Auckland Islands, New Zealand, was the single most incredible animal encounter I have ever had. It was probably memorable for the southern right whale, too, which became fascinated by my dive buddy. Almost certainly the whale had never encountered humans under water, and was as curious about us as we were about it.’ Southern right whales live in the Southern Ocean. They are called right whales because according to hunters they are the right ones to hunt. This is because when they die their bodies float, making them easy to drag back to whaling stations. The most common cause of death for right whales these days is being hit by a ship or entangled in fishing nets. Enough have died this way to make them endangered.