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WATCH: The Most Curious Grouper, My Favorite Dive Experience in Cuba

Curious Grouper I went to the Gardens of the Queen in search of rare corals, but little did I know, I would be leaving with a crush on a grouper. The curious groups in the Gardens of the Queen are fins…

Magnificent Elkhorn Coral Habitat, Gardens of the Queen, Cuba

Acropora palmata, the Elkhorn Coral, is the king of all Caribbean Coral Reef species. Acropora palmata grows into thick robust branches and is the most important reef-building species in the Caribbean. Acropora palmata was once a dominant species in the Caribbean but unfortunately, there has…

Scolymia Coral Spotting in the Gardens of the Queen, Cuba

Scolymia Coral Spotting Scolymia is a large polyp coral species that lives a solitary life. There are two species of Caribbean Scolymia, the larger Scolymia lacera, and smaller Scolymia cubensis and you can learn to identify both by clicking the links above. While…

Scuba Diving With Silky Sharks In Cuba

Silky Sharks – Gardens of the Queen Picture this, your dive boat approaches a buoy where shallow turquoise reef drops off to meet deep dark azure blue. The captain turns off the engine and ties up. Within seconds, sleek gray shadows…

Get Ready for Rao! Scuba Diving in North Maluku Indonesia

The Island of Rao Indonesia We visited the island of Rao earlier this year to check out a brand new dive lodge named Magic Bay Rao Beach Bungalows. Everything about Rao is magic, from the lush coral reefs to the legends and…

Spot a Coral, Spot a Critter! : Bubble Coral Shrimp

After few weeks of absence… And following our blog series: spot a coral, spot a critter, we will check the cute little coral bubble shrimp… It’s a fav of UW photographer and it’s pretty easy to spot, if you know…

Diving With Her Deepness Dr. Sylvia Earle – And Euphyllia Reef We Must Protect!

Diving With Her Deepness Dr. Sylvia Earle You know you’re on the right path when an invitation arrives to guide a dive for the one and only Dr. Sylvia Earle! Last month while diving in Northern Sulawesi during the Celebrate…

A Day On The Water With The Global Change Institute – Seaview Survey

Global Change Institute Paul G. Allen Seaview Survey – Manado Northern Sulawesi Indonesia Northern Sulawesi is home to some of the world most biodiverse coral reef habits–it’s no wonder the team from the Global Change Institute are here assessing coral…

What Is A Corallite?

Corallite Looking through my pictures I realized I am started to get quite the collection of macro shots of Acropora corals. One thing that is really incredible about these close up images is we are able to see the corallite,…

Colossal Coral Colonies Found In Halmahera Indonesia

Colossal Coral Colonies Unless you have a 1000+ gallon aquarium and are growing a single species of coral it’s unlikely you would have seen corals get anywhere near this size. Even for wild colonies, the corals in Halmahera are left…