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Cocos Island

By Andy Sallmon

Q4 2022

“Pura vida!” our dive guide, Sergio, exclaimed with a relaxed smile. Eight dive buddies, Sergio, and I just had an incredible experience: A 35-foot-long whale shark swam a few feet over our heads at one of the better-known dive sites at Cocos Island, Costa Rica. It silently came and went, seemingly carefree, like a giant spotted apparition sliding out of sight into the deep blue.

Farfak

By Burt Jones

Q4 2022

Just before sunrise I make a cup of strong Indonesian tea and feel the familiar rush of anticipation that always builds when I dive where no one else has. From the liveaboard’s top deck I squint at a string of islands …

Triton Bay

Text and Photos by Brandon Cole

Q4 2022

TRITON BAY, INDONESIA, was one of the last places I visited before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Looking back, part of me wishes I would have been there instead of at home when the world turned upside down and international dive travel became almost impossible. An extended sabbatical in the middle of bustling hordes of fish […]

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Rewilding Mustique’s Reefs

Text and photos by Douglas Seifert

Q4 2022

What is the value of a dead reef compared with the value of a living marine ecosystem?

Nature has a value beyond short-term financial windfalls, and we must pay without hesitation whatever price is required to make nature whole again.

While it’s still a work in progress, the restoration and rehabilitation of this formerly austere rock reef (located at Mustique, a small, private island in the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles)into a coral garden brings a great sense of achievement to the island community and its visitors and provides an example of a positive way forward for reef stewardship.

Snapping Turtles

Text and photos by David Fleetham

Q4 2022

THE ANCESTORS OF MODERN SEA TURTLES shared the oceans with ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs during the late Jurassic period 150 million years ago. Their descendants now inhabit reefs and oceans around the world.

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