Issue # 26: Ways of seeing
DIVE Magazine’s Spring 2022 print issue is out now, and this Spring, we’re taking a look at the ocean with a different set of eyes. Lots of different sets of eyes, in fact, as Douglas David Seifert tells us how underwater vision evolved, with some of the best macro photography you’ll ever see. Alfie Minnaar investigates the unlikely partnership behind Calico Jack, Christian Horras has a very unusual day in Baja Magadalena, and Mark ‘Crowley’ Russell takes a look at how IPO caused by high blood pressure is the number one ‘silent killer’ of divers. Order your copy now or subscriber for a year from just £9.99
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Vision is the most important sense that living organisms have evolved, and the organs behind it have developed in similar ways across completely unrelated classes of animals. From simple pinhole cameras to extraordinarily complex compound structures capable of analysing light spectra beyond human understanding, the eyes of underwater critters are as fascinating as the animals themselves. Douglas David Siefert takes a look behind the eyes of some of our favourite fish, together with some outstanding macro photography capturing detailed images of the ‘windows to the soul’.
Immersion pulmonary oedema is a potentially life-threatening condition about which little is known among the global scuba diving community, but which may be the number one killer of scuba divers and swimmers. It is predominately associated with high blood pressure, a common condition which many people are not even aware they have. Mark ‘Crowley’ Russell takes a look at a phenomenon that became all too close to his own heart, and how divers need to learn to avoid it.
An English music producer gentleman and an Australian adventure sports rebel might seem unlikely partners, but between them, Jamie Mayer and Adam Fornasiero built one of Raja Ampat’s most successful liveaboards. Alfred Minnaar spent some time working on his inner pirate when he met the duo to learn of Calico Jack’s construction by traditional Bugis craftsmen and its next decade sailing through Indonesian waters with its red sails hoisted high.
What does a normal day diving involve? Generally not watching a pack of striped marlin, sea lions and dolphins chasing huge schools of fish – unless you happen to be diving in Baja Magdalena for the sardine run during October and November. Christian Horras spent a most unusual day underwater dodging marlin spikes, and reports on the experience with some phenomenal imagery.
Every diver has that one special place they’d return to time after time if there weren’t so many other choices to be made in the scuba diving world. For Jeremy Brown, however, that destination is Bonaire, as he relates to us why the Caribbean island is his favourite scuba diving destination.
Our Featured Photographer series on DIVE’s website has become so popular that we are putting out portfolios of spectacular pictures on an almost weekly basis. But photographs are best viewed in print – especially on the high-gloss art-quality paper on which DIVE magazine is printed. Check out some of the best of the best of our Featured Photographers from the last few months.