Monday, 2 July 2018

When paper heroes scuba dive - POP Diving - Alert Diver

It's 1952, and five years still need to go by before the premiere of 'The Silent World' award-winning movie by Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle, but scuba diving and the underwater world already tickle George Shed's fancy, who among others, is the creator of Capitan America. From his pencil work, Marlin Keel comes to life, blond and dashing oceanographer; the first scuba diving hero, maybe the first to wear a mask and fins, besides the usual deep-sea diver gear and helmet...

Thursday, 5 April 2018

The evilest fish: Top 10

Do barracudas nourish feelings? Do triggerfish have ethics?
We don't give a damn.
People look for key words like 'evil fishes' and 'killer sharks' and 'marine monsters'. This is a fact. In the name of the web-democracy we will feed all your atavistic fears!
10 - Grey moray
Won't kill you, they have small mouth and teeth, but they look evil. Many people will tell you that grey morays are shy and do not ever come close. Fortunately they are not poisonous, but if you fear them, or you are the kind of guide telling your divers that they are shy... they would do their best to make you feel like an idiot.

9 - Sergeant Fish
Do you love feeding fishes? Do you feel excited by throwing handfuls of ends in the sea in order to get all the fishes teaming around you? Expect all the sergeant of the neighbourhoods to come and claim their share biting your calves, your feet.

8 - Napoleon wrasse
Here's another one that would not be so curious about divers if some diver did not misbehaved. The Napoleon approaches you because of the exotic food your fellow divers gave to him. They fed him on chicken eggs, boiled. Well, the big fish has a powerful telescopic mouth that can crush coral heads. And golf balls. Napolen fish does bite.

7 - Grouper
You did not expected it here in this list, right? If you feed the wild animals you get back just ingratitude, and the grouper is the worst of the ungrateful: it sucks the food and then bites. There is no way  its powerful jaws are going to loose the grip. So expect the skin of your hand to get overturned like a glove! The salt water on the raw flesh would make your experience a memorable one.

6 - Barracuda
A true myth with a perfect physique du rôle, you look at him and you say 'he is evil'! Its nastiness, as in all previous cases, is proportional to the amount o food scattered in the water. The best results are obtained by spraying melted cheese with pressure cans.

5 - Titan Triggerfish
It is as bad as ugly. The titan triggerfish when protects the eggs attacks anyone who approaches the nest. The off-limits area is a cone with its vertex on the nest and gets wider towards the surface. But those of Woodhouse Reef chase out divers of their territory for hundreds of meters, up to Jackson Reef. It seems that they gnaw the shamandoura's to send boats to crashing against the reef.

4 - Torpedo
You are precious surgeon? A missionary? A benefactor? Torpedo does not give a damn. If you touch it gives you a shock of up to 30 amperes and a voltage of 50 to 200 volts, with an effect similar to that of the famous hairdryer in your bathtub: it can can stun you or kill you by frying you straight away.

3 - Clownfish
Nemoooo ???? Yes, and luckily for you it is small!
Do not be fooled by his appearance and by the Disney film. Nemo is territorial and brutally aggressive. Divers often hypothesised of a Post-Fukushima clown fish, a mutant monterfish two meters long. Only the hypothesis would freeze the blood in a whale shark, or in a skin-diver with a gun in hand. Here is the Orange Avenger of the Reefs

2 - Stonefish
You see a sort of camouflaging cluster of warts, a white mouth bouncing here and there on the reef waiting for distracted victims to kill... if you could ever see anything of him.
Here it is, he does not care who you are, who you vote for, if you have a Porsche parked in your garage or if you don't like Donald Trump. It does not give a damn that you are not edible: if you touch it you may find yourself praying that someone will cut that part off of your body.

1 - Villainaut
Did you expect the shark to be here, right? No way! The Villainnaut fully deserves the first place in the Top-Ten. As a perfect ignorant of the rules and diver signal, he strikes divers randomly and without warning, he is just following the unfair outlines of his arrogant ego. He is a real surface calamity that chopps its victim with a sharp propeller. Definitely out of control, the Villainnaut is the fiercest among the sea dwellers.

Now you will say: Yeah, but he is not a fish.
It is plain, he is not. But if I write 'marine species' the web-democracy would not give a click, and the web people and the search engines will ignore this post... and this message.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Why Go Underwater?

The Sea: the greatest amusement park of planet Earth

Have you ever imagined an alternate world, where you can fly between mountain peaks, do somersaults with strange creatures, without ever falling? A world full of dreamlike beings, where you feel weightless, but you don't need a spaceship to get there? Well, that world really exists, and it's much closer than a weird planet in a faraway universe; that world is the Sea: the greatest amusement park of planet Earth.

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Friday, 30 September 2016

the most famous wreck in the world

In The Silent World, by Louis Malle, Captain Albert Falco dives for the first time ever on a wreck sunk in the Red Sea during World War II, and the shot of the ship's bell with the name Thistlegorm becomes instantly legendary. Packed with motorcycles, trucks, sidecars, off-road vehicles, airplane parts, railway cars, rubber boots, and ammunition (an incredible number of boots and ammo), the cargo is an authentic time machine. I could never have imagined, when I watched the movie, that one day diving that wreck would become my daily bread...  >>>> read all on

Thursday, 15 September 2016

IUCN: explaining ocean warming - the greatest challenge of our generation

Abstract from IUCN website:
"Ocean warming may well turn out to be the greatest hidden challenge of our generation. 
This report represents the most comprehensive review to date on ocean warming. To build up the report, leading scientists from around the world were invited to join with colleagues to contribute individual chapters. The focus of the report is on gathering facts and knowledge and communicating this to show what is now happening in and to the ocean. There is purposefully much less focus on political ramifications. We hope that this report will help stimulate further debate and action on such issues."

You can download this publication here for free:

"This is a very timely report. We know the ocean is warming. Until very recently, the debate on climate change has focused on specific themes such as land surface temperatures, melting ice caps in Greenland and Polar Regions, and shrinking glaciers in mountain ranges. It has only occasionally mentioned the ocean. When the ocean was included, the issues discussed generally related to dramatic changes to coral reefs, as we have seen in 2016 when water temperature rises turning beautifully-coloured reefs a ghostly white from bleaching." 

Monday, 29 August 2016

Let' Dance...

Monica walks towards us across the terrace of the café restaurant, with a cheerful smile on her face, and dark sunglasses. A gazebo, tables and chairs, beach umbrellas on wooden planks. We follow her down a short flight of steps, sweeping past the boathouse of the club. Her dive center is ‘scattered,’ circling between sun and shade, rock, terraces, and painted wooden sheds. A small sitting room shaded by a canopy appears to be the classroom. On the vertical rock, a fishing net holds up the logo of the dive center: Blue Aura Diving Club. Down, towards the light, a small, sandy bay opens up; one of those places that either you know them, or you find them by chance on Google Earth, and right away you wonder how you’ll ever reach them. There are many of us, and little room to move: just a trail carved out of the rock.

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