Cuba Trip Report, January 2015
In January 2015 we headed to Cuba to dive Jardines de la Reina (in English – Gardens of the Queen), a remote reef and mangrove system famed for its Shark and Crocodile encounters! First stop on this trip was Havana, where after a quick night’s rest we were picked up for the 10-12 hours journey by land and sea to Jardines de la Reina. Only 500 divers a year are currently permitted to dive Jardines de la Reina and this limited exposure keeps the reefs pristine and sea life abundant.
Our home for the next week would be Avalon II Liveaboard. Avalon II is the flagship vessel of Avalon Fleet, launched in April 2014 she is an impressive yacht, with plenty of space for all guests, a superfast dive tender and onboard Nitrox compressor. From our liveaboard we would have ready access to all of Jardines best dive sites plus we would be close to the mangroves, home to Cuba’s famous American Crocodiles! Each day we would make 3 dives and on some days we would have special surface intervals, either to snorkel with the Crocodiles or visit the beach to see some Cuba’s land creatures, such as Hutia (a very cute rodent), Hermit Crabs and Iguanas.
The dives in Jardines de la Reina were action packed from start to finish, with amazing encounters with large Caribbean Reef Sharks on the reefs and schooling Silky Sharks close to the surface. These sharks provided endless highlights on the trip! Also down on the reefs we found Nurse Sharks, Great Barracuda, large Southern Stingrays, Eagle Ray, Hawksbill Turtles, free-swimming Green Moray Eels, Goliath Grouper, Tarpon, Horse-eye Jacks, Garden Eels, French Angelfish, Triggerfish, Lionfish and colourful reef fish such as Grunt and Snapper. On our last dive as we watched the schooling Silkies at the surface a juvenile Great Hammerhead approached us only to be well and truly chased off by the large adult Silky Sharks! And whilst the Sharks were certainly the stars of our Cuba trip a special mention of course has to go to the American Crocodiles, locally named as Nino Zero, Nino 1 and Nino 2. Nino Zero is the original Crocodile that was photographed in Jardines de la Reina’s mangroves but he is now a little large and so it was Nino 1 or 2 that we photographed and as Nino Zero approached we exited the water – quickly!
With our diving finished we celebrated with Mojitos and Cuban Rum and headed back to Havana for a couple of days photographing this historic city – a great way to end an amazing dive trip to Cuba!
Mafia Island Marine Park has some of the highest marine biodiversity on the planet. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures to be seen - one of my favourites is the flying gurnard! This is a seriously cool fish.
SAN MATEO, Calif. — Black Seadevil sounds fierce and looks that way, too, with spiking teeth on the outside of its oversize, angular jaw — until you realize it's only 9 centimeters long.
Researchers at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute spotted a deep-sea anglerfish in their exploration of the Monterey Canyon, a Pacific Ocean canyon as big as the Grand Canyon that starts close to the central California coastline.
These anglerfish are remarkable for the flashlight-like appendage that helps them lure prey. When a smaller fish or squid approaches, its huge jaws inhale the prey caught in its sharp teeth.
"These are ambush predators," says Bruce Robison, a senior scientist at the research institute who led the dive using a remotely operated diving vehicle operated from a nearby ocean research platform.
Black Seadevils like this Melanocetus are quite elusive. Robison, who spotted the Black Seadevil last week at a depth of 600 meters (1,900 feet), said he believes this is the first time such a creature was filmed alive and at depth.
Source: Laura Mandaro, USA TODAY Network (www.news10.net)
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Fiji - Pacific Harbour
Australia - Great Barrier Reef, South West Rocks, Sydney
Thailand - Similan Islands, Koh Tao
Indonesia - Bali, Wakatobi, Lembah Straits, Pulau Weh, Gili Islands
Shot with Sony SR12 Camcorder, Light & Motion Bluefin Housing, 110 Degree Fathom WA Lens
The music is I am Victorious by Tim McMorris under a Creative Common licence
0:03 - Thailand Similan Islands
0:08 - Indonesia Bali Tulamben - Jackfish
0:13 - Indonesia Gili Islands
0:18 - Australia Great Barrier Reef
0:21 - Australia Great Barrier Reef - Giant Napoleon/Maori Wrasse
0:28 - Australia South West Rocks - Fish Rock Cave - Sand Tooth Shark
0:38 - Indonesia - Bali - Seraya Secrets - Honeycomb Moray Eel
0:40 - Indonesia - Bali - Tulamben - Giant Barracuda
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The researchers also will be examining whether terrapin turtles, a declining species often accidentally drowned in crab pots, will bypass the traps based on the color of the entrance funnel.
Another, unrelated effort which NOAA and many others have been supporting for years is focused on fishing out the thousands of old salmon nets lost—sometimes decades ago—in Washington's Puget Sound. These plastic mesh nets sometimes remain drifting in the water column, while other times settling on the seafloor, where they also degrade the bottom habitat.
According to Joan Drinkwin of the Northwest Straits Foundation, the organization leading the effort, "They become traps for fish, diving birds, and mammals. Small fish will dart in and out of the mesh and predators will go after those fish and become captured in the nets. And as those animals get captured in the nets, they become bait for more scavengers."
You can watch a video about this ongoing project produced by NOAA-affiliate Oregon SeaGrant to learn more about both the problem and the solutions.
Thousands of miles away from the Pacific Northwest, ghost nets are also an issue for the otherwise vibrant coral reefs of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Every year for nearly two decades, NOAA has been removing the lost fishing nets which pile up on the atolls and small islands. This year, divers cleared away 57 tons of old fishing nets and plastic debris.
One particularly troubling "super net" found this year measured 28 feet by 7 feet and weighed 11.5 tons. It had crushed coral at Pearl and Hermes Atoll and was so massive that divers had to cut it into three sections to be towed individually back to the main NOAA ship. During this year's mission, divers also managed to free three protected green sea turtles which were trapped in various nets.
But the origins of this huge and regular flow of old fishing nets to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands remain a mystery. The islands lay hundreds of miles from any city but also within an area where oceanic and atmospheric forces converge to accumulate marine debris from all over the Pacific Ocean.
"You'll go out there to this remote place and pull tons of this stuff off a reef," comments Jim Potemra, an oceanographer at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, "that's like going to Antarctica and finding two tons of soda cans."
You can learn more about the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s efforts related to ghost fishing and why certain types of marine life may be more likely to get tangled up in discarded nets and other ocean trash.
Source: NOAA - Office or Response and Restoration
Lost in Motion by System F (Ferry Corsten) on Global Trance Missions 02: Ibiza
Opah (also commonly known as moonfish, sunfish, kingfish, redfin ocean pan, and Jerusalem haddock) are large, colorful, deep-bodied pelagic Lampriform fish comprising the small family Lampridae (also spelled Lamprididae). There are only two living species in a single genus: Lampris (from the Greek lamprid-, "brilliant" or "clear
Source: Wikipedia: Opah, Grindtv: Mystery Fish
Green Cape Sunset by Nuera (Levan Nadareishvili) on Magic Island. Known for his unique style and sound nowadays, 2007 was the time Levan first got introduced to music producing basics. A few months later, his music was appraised by Leon Bolier, who helped him to sign with Cloud 9 Music Publishing.
Nuera had his first release by the end of 2009. Roger Shah signed Levan to his label Magic Island Records / Armada Music. Afterwards, Shah worked on a collaboration with him for his album and mentioned him as breakthrough artist of 2010 in DJ Mag Top 100 Poll.
Source: Facebook: NueraOfficial, YouTube: Avantis66
The barracuda is a ray-finned fish known for its large size and fearsome appearance. Its body is long, fairly compressed, and covered with small, smooth scales. Some species can reach up to 1.8 m (5.9 ft) in length and 30 cm (12 in) in width. The barracuda is a saltwater fish of the genus Sphyraena, the only genus in the family Sphyraenidae, and is found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide.
Source: Wikipedia: Barracuda, Facebook: DrGuyHarvey