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The Cozumel Splendid Toadfish

The Splendid Toadfish. © Steve Rosenberg 2019 The Cozumel Splendid Toadfish By Steve Rosenberg The Island of Cozumel is a popular Caribbean dive destination located just off the eastern edge of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Divers will find many unique and beautiful reef fishes. No other reef fish is so closely identified with Cozumel scuba diving […]

Why You Should Download our Dive Travel Guides

In basic terms, Dive Travel Guide eBooks are digital versions of print guidebooks. Our eBooks are perfect for researching a destination, planning your trip and giving you information while you are on your dive vacation. Virtually everyone travels with some sort of electronic device these days.   Our eBooks contain an extraordinary amount of content; […]

Hairy Squat Lobster

The Pink Hairy Squat Lobster or fairy crab, Lauriea siagiani, is closely related to a hermit crab. Although they are fairly common in the Philippines and Indonesia, they are rarely seen by divers partly because they are very small (less than half an inch in length). They also blend in really well with the textured […]

Photo Tip: Creating Black Backgrounds

A Simple approach to Underwater Photography In underwater photography, black backgrounds are a great way to emphasize and highlight your subject. This can sometimes be a frustrating and challenging task, but you can simplify the process by following a few basic steps. Spend a little time setting up your shot, preset manual exposure controls and […]

The Plume of Death – Save Cayman’s Shallow Reefs

For those in the diving community who haven’t been paying attention, George Town Harbor and the surrounding area is currently the focus of a huge controversy regarding construction of a proposed cruise ship berthing facility (cruise ship pier) in Grand Cayman. The reasons given by the proponents of the plan seem to include peer envy […]

The Smooth Trunkfish

There are a number of very interesting fishes in the Caribbean. One of my favorites is certainly the Smooth Trunkfish, Rhimesomus triqueter, a member of the family of fishes called boxfish. These slow-moving reef fish can be one of the most entertaining fish to watch on a dive. They are easily recognizable by their shape, […]

The (Not So) Terrifying Tiger Shark

Although tiger sharks, Galeocerdo cuvier, have long been considered dangerous to humans, today there are a growing number of dive operations worldwide that focus on putting divers and the sharks in the water together. While some shark experts assert that these encounters are just an accident waiting to happen, it is interesting to note that […]

Using Snoots In Macro Photography

A Snoot is simply a device that attaches to the end of a strobe to narrow the beam angle from the light source. Its purpose is to provide a photographer with more control over the illumination of the subject. There are companies that make snoots to be used with a number of different strobes on […]

The Fascinating Coconut Octopus

During a recent trip to Lembeh Strait in Indonesia, I happened upon one of the most fascinating marine-life behaviors that I’ve ever observed. Diving along a fairly shallow, barren, sandy slope, I was searching for something really interesting to photograph. My dive buddy was busily taking pictures of porcelain crabs and ghost shrimps going about […]

Sea Kraits

The banded Sea Krait, Laticauda colubrina, is a species of sea snake that inhabits coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific region. They are usually found off the shore of small islands and they often hide in small crevices or under rocks. They are generally nocturnal hunters, but they are often found out during the day. Banded […]