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Everything you need to know about ribbon eels, and a little about gymnastics

Reminiscent of the ribbon event in rhythmic gymnastics, ribbon eels are a dramatic sight. Here are some interesting facts about ribbon eels and some photos of these beautiful, fascinating creatures.

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Cristi Quill and a support diver pose during her Guinness World Record Scuba Dive

Put Cancer Under Pressure: Cristi Quill Sets Guinness World Record Scuba Dive

In order to get the Guinness World Record for the longest open circuit scuba dive, she has to stay underwater for 52 hours. I joined her underwater for hour 48.

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Giant manta ray at Revillagigedos Islands

I Got Pooped On By A Whale, And All I Saw Were These Lousy Manta Rays

It was hard to pinpoint where, exactly, the whales were, but I had a guess—and my guess was confirmed when we were suddenly doused with a brown cloud of whale poo.

I’ll let the reality of that sink in for a second.

Pooped on. By a whale.

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Add Electric Effects To Your Underwater Photos: A Topaz Glow Review

Topaz Glow doesn’t just leave your photos with the lights-in-the-tree twinkle. I mean, it can. But where Glow really shines (ahem) is in making an in-your-face, red-light-district, girls-girls-girls neon effect. It’s an acid trip. It’s the reflections of traffic lights at night in the rain.

And it’s so, so rad.

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Decompress Like A Boss

If someone tells you that they like doing decompression, they’re either lying or they haven’t done enough of it to know better.

This is a rule.

I will concede one very notable exception to this rule, and that is decompression on walls or pinnacles. On walls or pinnacles, a diver can make his or her way up the reef, conducting—and actually enjoying—their deco stops during what amounts to a second recreational dive, without that pesky “getting out of the water and doing a surface interval” part.

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Here’s What It’s Like To Dive San Diego Bay

Ever wondered what it would be like to dive San Diego Bay under the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s historic ships? I most certainly hadn’t—until local dive club and non-profit Power Scuba announced their massive underwater cleanup of the Port of San Diego, where they would be removing trash from the bay floor beneath that stretch of famous vessels and as far south as the Tuna Harbor.

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Painted greenling fish and Hermissenda crassicornis nudibranch.

Photo of the Week: Painted Greenling (and a Bonus Hermissenda Nudibranch)

Those who have been following this blog for any length of time will recall that finding tiny surprise creatures in a photo is one of my favorite things in the whole world.

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This Spanish Shawl is the Goldilocks of Nudibranchs

In unpredictable surge and weird currents, it’s a challenge and a half to get a Spanish Shawl photo “just right.”

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The Easiest Way to Fix Ambient Light Underwater Photos: A Topaz ReMask Review

I really just love the people over at Topaz Labs. Every time I use a Topaz plugin, I’m blown away at how the Topaz developers manage to pack in features and precise controls while still maintaining the simplicity and ease of use the plugins are famous for.

I’ve worked with Topaz Detail and Topaz Clean in the past, and both plugins have yielded impressive results, but I think ReMask is my favorite and the most useful so far. But what does it do? Read on to find out…

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Atlantis Submarine in Oahu, Hawaii.

Photo of the Week: Atlantis Submarine

Ever feel like you’re being watched?

Of course you have; we all have.

Ever hear a strange whirring sound underwater, and think, “Oh, I’m just being watched by about 50 kids in a tourist submarine?”

No?

Me neither.

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