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|Posted on 24 July, 2015 at 13:00||comments (1)|
Do you know what the largest fish is? The largest fish in the world is the Whale Shark. The largest recorded Whale Shark was 12.6 m
(41.5 ft) long, had a girth of 7 m (23 ft), and weighed more than 21,500 kg (47,300 lbs). I was also not surprised to learn that Whale Sharks also lay the largest eggs of any animal. A Whale Shark egg measuring 35.6 cm (14in) long was found in the Gulf of Mexico.
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|Posted on 23 July, 2015 at 14:00||comments (0)|
May 1967 Skin Diver mag. Underwater cameras were pretty new technology at the time, so I was surprised to see an article for an underwater cam that does Panoramic shots. I mean, it's got nothing on today's Google Photosphere's but for 1967, You would of been the cat's meow if you had this bad boy.
|Posted on 21 July, 2015 at 13:50||comments (0)|
We're going old school for this weeks trivia. Without google, who can guess or tell me what a 'snorkair' is?
I will respond with the answer and an image of one around 4pm PST today.
|Posted on 17 July, 2015 at 13:45||comments (2)|
This week's FFF is about the Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker. Anyone who has done any amount of diving off our coast has probably seen one of these little guys.. They are the CUTEST! (Obviously I mean that in the most masculine way possible).
These small fish are 2.5-7.6 cm (1-3 in). The largest found to date was 12.7 cm (5 in) but this size is rare. They are more commonly about 2.5 cm (1 inch) in size. But finding them as juvenile where I've seen them to be just a few millimeters...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 16 July, 2015 at 14:10||comments (0)|
What do you get when you mix a fridge with a rebreather? Why Liquid Air Scuba, of course. I was looking through the June 1967 issue of Skin Diver and on the front cover it has a big promo stating: "NOW! LIQUID AIR SCUBA! MAJOR ENGINEERING BREAKTHRU"
At first I thought this was something out of the movie 'The Abyss' where you actually breathe oxygen enriched water but alas, it was not to be.
If anyone's interested in reading the other 4 pages, let me know and I can ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 14 July, 2015 at 15:15||comments (0)|
Ok peeps, here's a question that comes straight out of your open water manual. So without using the the magic of "The Google', what is the equation used to calculate Boyle's law?
D> P/V ÷ P/V
|Posted on 9 July, 2015 at 15:05||comments (1)|
I came across a very interesting ad in the March 1968 issue of Skin Diver magazine. I saw the below ad and what initially caught my eye was the Vespa logo and then saw a Vespa scooter and thought, “why is Vespa advertising in a Scuba mag?” (Disclaimer, the model may or may not have also caught my eye.) Upon reading the ad, I learned that Vespa teamed up with well know scuba company Mares and another lesser known company named Tigullio who is still around today making dive gear,...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 3 July, 2015 at 13:25||comments (0)|
Let's talk Nudibranchs for this weeks FFF. Did you know that in our beautiful Pacific Northwest waters, we have over 52 different types of nudibranchs? Yep! Did you also know that the word "nudibranch" means naked gills? An adult Nudi can vary in size from under 1 inch all the way up to 12 inches. Our often seen local Orange Peel Nudibranch is one such Nudi that can reach those lengths. Want to know more about these colorful and amazing marine life? We have a field guide in th...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 25 June, 2015 at 13:15||comments (0)|
You know what I love when I'm researching my TBT article? Seeing if the business that put an ad in 1960's-70s scuba diving magazine still exist today. I found one such ad for a place in the Bahamas called Cape Eleuthera. Not only are they still around, but it looks like they've expanded. I took a quick peek at Google Maps to see what their resort looks like today and it looks like they've been pretty hard at work over the last 35ish years, wouldn’t you say. (btw, I know the...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 20 June, 2015 at 0:55||comments (0)|
Good day everyone. For this weeks FFF, although not a fish, it does serves as a home for many of our fish here in the Pacific Northwest.
Eelgrass. Did you know that eelgrass is not a seaweed but actually a perennial flowering plant? Meaning it dies off in the winter and re-grows in the summer. Eelgrass is amongst the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the world. In Ecological and economic value, they rival rainforests and the world's richest farmlands. (Hey we have...Read Full Post »