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So You Wanna Find A Great White Shark?
(Saturday, 09 January 2016) Written by aarongibson show aarongibson profile
Due to their relatively small population size, their inability to (thus far) be kept in long-term captivity, and their occasional reclusiveness with researchers, marine biologists often wish they had more information about the great white shark. The knowledge as to their locations and movements worldwide come from a few sources: sharks observed first hand by researchers and laymen alike, tracking tagged sharks by satellite, areas where fishermen have caught them, and keeping track of the locations of attacks on humans by these sharks. Although they are found throughout most temperate coastal waters, there are a handful of areas in the world where they are found in greater numbers. This is most likely due to the high concentrations of their preferred food sources (marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, whales and whale carcasses, dolphins) in these locations. White sharks are solitary creatures, they don't swim in schools or pairs, and are only seen in any sort of quantity together when a large source of food is present (such as a dead whale, or a chum stream). Great whites are found on both coasts of North America, and while over the years there has been several caught in New Jersey/New York waters, they are much more concentrated in the west. The abundance of pinnipeds in central Californian waters and the ideal water temperature make this area a great white shark paradise. It is also a human paradise - waters filled with seals and white sharks are also enjoyed year-round by surfers and swimmers - and there are inevitably interactions. Leading shark researcher, Dr. John McCosker wrote, "Most people do not spend their lives searching for giant sharks. On the other hand, giant sharks DO spend their lives looking for things to eat, and occasionally they encounter a swimmer or diver." Though still statistically very rare, the central California coast is known as the "Shark Attack Capital of the World," with the highest number of recorded white shark attacks on humans. Most likely due to the large number of fur seals and a history of whaling in the area, the waters off the South African coast have one of the world's most heavily concentrated great white populations. This area is known for its "breaching sharks." Whites here have been seen leaping clear out of the water when attacking their prey - the subject of many fascinating photographs and a few wildlife documentaries. The southern Australian coast, as well as halfway up their eastern and western continental waters are major great white locations. Australia has been the most popular location for great white sport fishing over the years. Many of the largest recorded "White Pointer" (the local name for these sharks) have been caught here. Southern Australia is also second only to California for the highest number of attacks on humans by great whites. Other coastal waters where these sharks have been regularly spotted include: New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, the Mediterranean Sea, the Azores, the Gulf of Mexico, and Isla Guadalupe. Isla

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Diving Sites in India That Will Blow Your Mind
(Monday, 29 September 2014) Written by MichelMason show MichelMason profile
(Image credit: http://www.liveindia.com/lakshadweep/Lakshadweep_Scuba_Dive.jpg) A professional scuba diver in the waters off the Lakshadweep Islands India has a 7,500-km long coastline, most of which is unexplored. The Indian peninsula is flanked on the east by Arabian Sea, on the west by the Bay of Bengal, and towards the south by the Indian Ocean. One can see the immense scope for spectacular scuba diving sites here. However, given the length of this coastline, India has relatively few fully developed scuba diving sites, let alone those that would make for a great diving experience. But that which it lacks in numbers, it makes up for in quality. We are bringing to you three diving sites in India that would make for a great and unforgettable diving experience. These are quite popular in the scuba diving circles. However, if you are new to this space, an exciting journey of discovering new lands and waters awaits you. Netrani Island Alsoknown as Pigeon Island, Netrani is a beautiful coral island off the coast of the southern state of Karnataka. This little known island is a hub of snorkeling and scuba divingactivities. It boasts of having the clearest waters in India which gives divers a surreal experience. The island, cut off from the mainland, is secluded and hence in pristine condition. Signing up with any of the local scuba diving operators would be a great way of experiencing the waters aroundthe island for those who are slightly low on confidence of plumbing the depths of the sea on theirown. If you are on an extended trip to India, touching base in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is a good idea. There is a lot of sightseeing you can do in this capital city as well as aroundit. Bangalore has great resorts and hotels fitting all budgets, and a number of activities to do. After having your fill of this mainland you can head to Netrani for your diving. There is a train to Bhatkal from Bangalore every two hours, from where Netrani is a short boat ride away. Netrani is also accessible from Mangalore, Goa, and Mumbai. Lakshadweep Islands More than 200km off the southern western coast of India is the archipelago of Lakshadweep . A string of 32 stunningly beautiful islands, with sun-drenched white sands and glittering green waters, thisis also a great attraction for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts in the country. This popularity has led to the establishment of scuba diving facilities and world-class accommodation options for tourists. Thearchipelago is cut off from the mainland with some of its islands even today restricted from tourism. This does not feel like India because of the low number of people and the seclusion of this place in general. It is operated as a Union Territory by the state of India, which means it has its ownadministration. But this seclusion is also the reason why these islands are so beautiful and a magnet for scuba divers from all over the world. The waters are clear, the biodiversity mesmerizing, and the facilities top-notch. Though Lakshadweep is out of most people’s way, reaching here is not difficult. It does, however,require you to get to the southern tip of India. Kochi (formerly Cochin), in the southernmost state of Kerala offers regular flights to Lakshadweep (Agatti island, to be specific), which take about an hour and a half to reach their destination. Kochi is well connected with other cities of India as well. One can also travel to the islands by water. Ships operating from Kochi take 18-20 hours to reachthere. Andaman & Nicobar Islands Another of lesser known tourist attractions in India, the Andaman and Nicobar islands score highly in the minds of scuba divers for the same reasons as Lakshadweep. For one, the landscape is so beautiful you have to see it to believe it. It’s a huge tropical rainforest with very rich flora and fauna, including in the surrounding waters. It is again cut off from mainland India, and has a very low population. For another, its unspoiled waters and vast expanses of beaches have made it ideal for water sports. Scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, game fishing, sailing, para-sailing, windsurfing, you will find a number of adventure sports here to give you the adrenalin rush you crave. However, “ scuba diving is the biggest activity on the Andaman & Nicobar Islands other than lying around and eating seafood.” The region has a pretty long and impressive history of its own, though often dark in recent times. Those with an interest in things past should plan a longer stay here and explore its many tourist attractions for a well-rounded vacation. The islands are fairly easy to reach. There are daily flights to the capital Port Blair from Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata. One can also reach these islands by sea, though this would make for a very long journey, typically taking over 2 to 3 days. Ships operate from Kolkata, Vizag, and Chennai three to four times a month. Conclusion These are the most popular diving sites off the coast of India. A quick Google search will give you all the information you need on them. However, if you have any questions or want to share your own experiences in any ofthese sites, do leave a comment and let usknow!

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How to have an awesome scuba-diving vacation in Caribbean Islands?
(Monday, 16 December 2013) Written by LissaWilliams show LissaWilliams profile
Scuba-diving is one of the reasons why Caribbean Islands are so popular among the tourists. Turquoise seas, white sandy beaches, shallow waters, and mesmerizing breeze are just the right things you would require for a vacation in the Caribbean. If you are planning a scuba-diving vacation somewhere in these islands, here are some things you should do. Shore dives are a great option You don’t have to break your bank to go on a scuba-diving vacation. If you really want to do lots of diving, consider shore diving. For a week, it will cost you tanks, gear and a rental car. Some of the destinations that offer the best shore dives include Hawaii and Cayman Islands. Consider Condos or the live-aboard option If you really want to save money, go for condos instead of hotels and resorts. You can easily find affordable & spacious condos or houses near scuba-diving spots. Check sites like airbnb.com or vrbo.com to find Antigua House Rentals , if that’s where you are going. Similarly, you can check live-aboard companies to find the best deals. All you have to do is pay one price for unlimited scuba-diving, meals and accommodation. If you are lucky enough, you might even score a last-minute discount. Don’t neglect safety When it comes to scuba-diving, never ignore safety . Have a check-list of the gear you have to carry with you. Also, inspecting the dive gear is equally important. Other things you need to take care of include – Carry prescription masks Check the personal gear such as fins, regulator setup, emergency whistle, empty weight belt, buoyancy compensator device (BCD) etc. Have a save-a-dive kit, dry bag, dive lights etc. Motion sickness medicines or crystallized ginger must be carried without fail. If you have an ear-problem, let the dive instructor know about it. Those having sinus problems or head cold, must take non-drowsy OTC medicines. Besides considering the above mentioned points, it is equally important to select the best time of the year to plan your scuba-diving vacation as the Caribbean Islands are prone to hurricanes. Also, if you want to save money on flights, consider choosing budget airlines. Use online resources to search for package deals to save on your pocket. Lastly, make sure you have important documents such as passport copies, credit cards, itineraries in place to avoid any hassles.

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