So Others May Live

Can your training prepare you for absolute worst conditions? One writer took the challenge to find out what it was like being a rescue swimmer.

A member of the US Coast Guard swims toward a potential victim

On the Hunt

Secret Bay, located in Anilao, Philippines, is home to many sea critters you have never seen before. Learn more about diving in this unique and fanciful location.

Anthias fish feed around plants

French Polynesia’s Tuamotus

The Tuamotu Islands are an archipelago located in French Polynesia and offers vibrant underwater scenes — including great shark experiences.

A school of adorable, yellow raccoon butterfly fish

Diving the World Heritage List

The World Heritage List recognizes outstanding places that offer value to mankind. Sites can be cultural, natural or a mixture of both. These sites are sources of inspiration and sources of life.

A giant grouper pokes its head out of some coral

Ocean Views 2017

As part of the 2017 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards annual competition, the Ocean Views category honors those photographers whose skill and creative vision have captured a frozen moment in time that can bring attention to both the bounty and fragility of the marine ecosystems found in and near our underwater world.

A group of king penguins go for a walk at sunset

The Most Important Fish in the Sea

Menhaden, also known as bunker, are forage fish that play a critical role in the ocean food web. They are a vital source of food for wildlife up and down North America’s Atlantic seaboard. But their population management ignores the importance of the food web. Learn more and what you can do.

Four fishermen grasping net of menhaden

Air Hoses: A Closer Look

Air hose malfunction can be a very serious safety concern. From yellow “crystals” to degraded linings, air hoses are essential pieces of equipment. Learn more about air hoses.

A failed hose is ripped and crystals are everywhere

Dragon Road, Part 1

Any animal that looks as unconventional as a seadragon must also have an unconventional sex life. Unlike most marine fishes, which reproduce by spontaneously releasing and leaving behind thousands of tiny eggs in the open ocean, seadragons brood their large eggs attached to the tails of males for a month.

A yellow seadragon is floating through kelp

Severe DCS in the South Pacific

Severe neck and shoulder pain plagued one diver after a day of scuba diving in the South Pacific. The pain worsened and other symptoms developed, but local treatments were not an option. Thanks to DAN, treatments were coordinated.

A diver fights strong currents by holding a line