Issue # 25: The cool issue
DIVE Magazine’s Winter 2022 print issue is out now, and this Winter, we’re keeping it cool – really cool – with an interview with Her Deepness herself, the legendary Sylvia Earle. And if that’s not cool enough, Douglas David Seifert explores God’s Canadian Pocket, and Alfie Minnaar reports from an island so cool that nobody knew it existed – until now. Order your copy now or subscribe for a year from just £9.99
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There are few that know the Ocean in as much depth as Dr Sylvia Earle, NOAA’s first female director; one of the world’s leading oceanographers; campaigner, and author. DIVE talked to Her Deepness about her new book from the National Geographic stable – Ocean: A Global Odyssey – to learn more about what we really need to do to save the planet.
Ever thought about diving the island of Una Una? No, we hadn’t heard of it either – because it’s far away, quite remote and rather difficult to get to, which is why the coral remains pristine and unbroken by the ravaging encroachment of development. Alfred Minnaar trekked across Indonesia to dive the fantasy island before the inevitable takeover of tourism.
Canada’s Vancouver Island has a reputation as one of the best cold-water and temperate diving spots on the planet. The water is clear, the climate most agreeable, the coastline extends for miles, and its inhabitants are large – but, like most things Canadian, very friendly. Douglas David Seifert took a break from his tropical adventures to dive the cool waters of God’s Pocket, together with its colourful array of giant creatures.
Crabs are sometimes overlooked as marine critters – the few species that turn up on dinner plates are most likely brought to mind by people who don’t dive, and many divers never really see the full extent of this most amazingly diverse group of crustaceans. Leading marine taxonomist and crab expert Peter Davie has named two whole families of crabs, and identified more than 125 new species of crustaceans, and brings us eye-to-eyestalk with the weird and wonderful world of crabs.
For five years, Jeremy Brown had been trying to photograph one of Bonaire’s most unusual phenomena – the bioluminescent mating ritual of cypridinid ostrocods. Finally, on the dark night of Hallowe’en 2021, the water lit up with the ghostly blue trails of the tiny crustaceans – and Jeremy sent DIVE some pictures from this stunning light show.