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Sea Serpent   we had a very close encounter with this banded sea krait   it was not afraid of us as it searched for a meal. Such a great moment   and grateful to get a shot as he swam past.  Cropped and brightened with photoshop.
By Robin Bateman
posted 19:59 CST Today (within the last hour)
BluStar  I wanted to capture all the different aspects of the reef as we dove Apo Island.  Such vibrant color and a variety of marine life
By Robin Bateman
posted 19:55 CST Today (within the last hour)
Lion Fish near Bunaken Island
By Mathias Weck
posted 17:59 CST Today (2 hours ago)
A watering bowl at a dog park was the only water I could find in Over The Rhine for the 2016 Fotofocus exhibition   Alice in OTR  visions of the fantastical  was the theme for a group of photographers shooting the historic district in Cincinnati Ohio
By Steven Miller
posted 16:34 CST Today (3 hours ago)
Whip Coral Goby Fish
By Iyad Suleyman
posted 16:31 CST Today (3 hours ago)
Xenia Shrimp
By Iyad Suleyman
posted 16:26 CST Today (3 hours ago)



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Santa Rosa, diving with Dive Palancar out of the Occidental Grand Hotel, Cozumel

   Mexico  Gulf Of Mexico
There was a 3+ knot current, and five angels…but this is the one shot I liked because of the attitude the Hawksbill seems to be displaying...

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Magic Mushroom, Oahu, Hawaii

   United States  Pacific
Large Coral Garden, 60 to 80ft

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JACKSON REEF - Straight of Tiran - Sharm El Sheikh - Sinai Peninsula

   Egypt  Red Sea
The last in the north and the most beautiful of the fourth reefs of the Straight of Tiran. There is the Lara's wreck (a cyprot big cargo ship that in 1985, in navigation in the night went against the reef) upon the Reef in the north. Beautiful fire coral garden (max dept 7.5mt)full of soft corals and a big salad coral on the west part of the reef; beautiful big fan corals, black corals, and beautiful very red anemon (28mt depth), in the middle, with sandy bottom max depth 45mt; on the east vertical wall with a lot of fan corals and massive corals and soft corals. All the divers want to do "Jackson outside", in the north, close to the Lara's wreck, in the blue, 'cause there is a Scalloped Hammerheads's observer area and in the summertime is full of Scalloped Hammerheads Sharks. The reef outside, in the north, is poor of marine life, 'cause there's no light, 'cause the rays of sun don't touch that area.

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Ras Za'atar - Ras Mohammed National Parck - Sharm El Sheikh

   Egypt  Red Sea
Vertical wall full of soft corals, big table corals and big fan corals. The best part is on the corner

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siparua

   Indonesia  Molucca Sea
decent places, good visibility and hard corals. good macro life and reef fishes, no shark or other big fishes

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Paradise Sharm El Sheikh Egypt

   Egypt  Red Sea
Beautiful dive site with vertical wall that degrees slowly deeper. Gorgonians, soft corals...

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ilse verde

   Philippines  Philippine Sea
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Mabibi Beach @ Thonga Beach Lodge

   South Africa  Indian Ocean
Diving From Mabibi is only avalible from Thonga Beach Lodge as it is in a restricted part of the Coastal Reserve . Diving these parts are best during the summer months and Turtle tracking is in season from Nov - Feb . We have Loggerhead Turtles and Leatherbacks nesting during this time .

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San Christobal

   Solomon islands  Solomon Sea
Diving the Solomons only exceeded by Raja Ampat for variety, viz, and beauty

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Stuart Cove Nassua Bahamas

   United States  Caribbean Sea
Ive been diving for over 40 years and never thought of Stuart Cove becuse of it to be too touristy but ive been there now three years in a row,14 dives in 4 days and can't say enough.I LOVE IT THERE...

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House reef off Captain Don's Habitat

   Aruba  Caribbean Sea
Canon 7D/Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro in Ikelite Housing/DS160&161 strobes

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Honaloa Bay, Maui, Hawaii

   United States  Pacific
This most beautiful scenic bay on the Northwest side of the Island of Maui, Hawaii is a true snorkelers paradise. Sheltered from the trade winds by a south facing cliff wall it finds many people visiting, walking down through a virtual tropical forest, daily to enjoy this quite "off the beaten path" rocky bay. But what makes it so special is its marine life and lightly submerged reef that can be clearly seen driving passed. It is an awesome healthy yellow reef perhaps 5 to 10 feet deep with every type of hawaiian fish you can think of. One day a person above the bay in one of the car turn off areas pointed out a fish school ball to me that I would of just thought of as a dark area in the water. Snorkeled out to it and got some really great digital pictures.
Beautiful part of the Hawaiian Islands.

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Million Hope Nabq Sharm El Sheikh

   Egypt  Red Sea
The Million Hope Wreck






Location:


28 03' 42" N, 34 26' 40"E. Southern Gulf of Aqaba on east coast of Sinai Peninsular




Access:


Day boat from Sharm El Sheikh




Minimum Depth to Wreck


0m (Superstructure above water level)




Maximum Depth to Seabed:


22m (at stern)




Average Visibility:


20-25m




The Ship


Built in Japan, as a Bulk Carrier with additional facilities for transporting vehicles, the Million Hope was launched as the "Ryusei Maru" in 1972. She was a very large ship - displacing 26,181 grt and measuring 174.6m x 24.8m with a draught of 10m. Her bridge castle is located at the stern behind 5 cargo holds - in between which are four massive cranes towering high above the decks. The ship was powered by two 6 Cylinder diesel engines capable of producing 11,600 bhp and a top speed of 17 knots.


The ship had several names during her lifetime before being purchased by the Aksonas Shipping Co Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus for 136 million in 1996. It was at this time she was finally renamed "Million Hope" and promptly insured for 41 Million. Only six weeks later, she became a constructive total loss.


The Loss of the Million Hope


Loaded with a 26,000 ton cargo of Potash and Phosphates, the Million Hope sailed from Jordan's only port of Aqaba on 19 June 1996 - destination Taiwan. Visibility, however, quickly deteriorated and early on 20 June the vessel struck the inshore Reef near Nabq - on the western shores of the Gulf of Aqaba, approx. 3 miles north of Sharm El Sheikh.


Lloyds List dated 24 June 1996 carried the following item under "Casualty Report:"


"MILLION HOPE "(Cyprus)


Jun 21: Egyptian Maritime Officials said yesterday they were concerned about possible leakage of about 23,000 tons of phosphate and potassium plus 700 tons of fuel from the bulk carrier Million Hope which sank off Egypts Sinai Peninsular, Cairo radio reported. All 25 members of the crew ere rescued by Egyptian naval vessels and other vessels in an operation that lasted more than 20 hours. The vessel, on voyage from Jordan to Taiwan, was ripped open by coral reefs near Egypts Sharm El-Sheikh resort. The vessels mainly Filipino crew huddled in the stern and refused to abandon ship until it became clear the vessel would sink, Cairo radio said. Some of the crew accused the vessels master of failing to follow the areas prescribed navigation routes and of maintaining speed despite poor visibility."


The cargo actually comprised 15,000 tons of Potash and 11,000 tons of phosphate rock and the big concern was that this would slowly dissolve in seawater - producing an algae-like film that would blot out essential sunlight from all adjacent reefs. Major Salvage companies were, therefore, invited to tender for the salvage of this cargo which was separately valued at 1.3 million. This operation was successfully carried out.
With much of her superstructure still out of the water, the Million Hope can be seen from several miles away. She is basically upright but with a pronounced list to port - i.e. away from the Reef. Her entire starboard side rests against the reef on which she foundered and her keel lies along the seabed at the base of that reef at between 19 - 24m. Her decks are underwater but not the focsle. Apart from fairly superficial damage, the vessel is completely intact - with no evidence of salvage.

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Gordon Reef - Straight of Tiran - Sharm El Sheikh

   Egypt  Red Sea
The fist one and the biggest one of the fourth reefs of the Straight of Tiran. Nice dive with sandy bottom and also a plateau full of corals. Barrels, the cargo, (north/east) and also pieces (south/west) of the Louvilla Wreck (1981) that now is upon the reef in the north. The current split in the middle of the reef.

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Negros Occidental, Sipalay

   Philippines  Visayan Sea
perfect for macro fotography

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Ras Gohzlani - Ras Mohammed National Park - Sharm el Sheikh

   Egypt  Red Sea
Very quiet dive site with sandy bottom

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Temple - Sharm El Sheikh

   Egypt  Red Sea
Relaxing dive site with sandy bottom max depth 20mt, on the drop off vertical wall undefined depth, 3 big pinnacoles that appears one temple.

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Valley of the Dolls

   Cayman islands  Caribbean Sea
White shoe shrimp, found in Touch-me-not Sponges

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Six Senses Laamu House Reef

   Maldives  Indian Ocean
House Reef at Six Senses Laamu, a 5 star resort in the Laamu Atoll

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Marsa Shagra, Shagra Bay

   Egypt  Red Sea
The Tentacled flathead (Papilloculiceps longiceps) or Crocodilefish is a member of the order Scorpaeniformes, an order which also includes the scorpionfishes and stonefishes. It is found in the Western Indian Ocean; the Red Sea.

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