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Becky Bauer is a scuba instructor and award-winning journalist covering the marine environment in the Caribbean. She is a contributing photographer to NOAA.

Lovely Worms – Spotlight on the Fire Worm

Orange/Bearded Fire Worm. Photo: Becky A. Bauer

Someone says ‘worms’ and what comes to mind? Probably not anything lovely what with hulls riddled with worm holes, hysterical little sisters chased by big brothers holding earthworms or coming ashore after a swim to find one’s legs covered with …

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How to Find a Good Dive Buddy

Photo: Becky A. Bauer

As we wrote in a previous article, “Dive Alone – Die Alone,” solo diving is not widely accepted so divers using a commercial dive operator are forced to buddy up. If a diver is fortunate, his best friend is also …

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Dive Alone – Die Alone

Solo diver self-portrait. Photo by Becky A. Bauer

‘Dive alone – die alone’ has long been a ‘fact’ in the dive world. The mere mention of diving alone caused a diver to be shunned and looked upon as a risk-taking moron. When asked if solo diving was allowed, …

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Rescue Diver Certification: Barbie Saved in Caribbean

Countless numbers of divers state that the Rescue Diver Certification course they took is the course that provided the greatest sense of accomplishment and confidence. While a few rescue techniques are covered in Open Water and Advanced courses, a good …

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Wreck Diving Tips and Tricks

Wrecks – above and below the sea. Photo: NOAA Photo Library

When scuba divers reveal what they consider dream dives, many would say discovering a previously unknown wreck where they find an ancient Greek coin, a bar of Spanish silver or gold, an Etruscan jar, a Columbian emerald destined for royalty …

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Underwater Photography Tips – A How to Guide

Photo by Becky A. Bauer

Over the past few months our new photographers polished their buoyancy control skills. They put together underwater photo kits and learned how to take care of your underwater photo gear.  Plus, you’ve practiced using their new cameras so operation became …

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Putting an Underwater Photography Kit Together

Underwater photography allows you to share a whole new world

Before we send budding underwater photographers fleeing over the costs of putting together an underwater photography kit, we offer a couple of items that are free: used dryer sheets and heavy duty rubber bands. What to do with these comes …

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Care and Feeding of Underwater Photo Gear

  As stated in Underwater Photography Part One, many an underwater photographer gives up and sells his gear because lack of buoyancy control makes the endeavor too stressful and unrewarding.  There is, however, another reason one finds so much underwater …

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The Much Maligned Manta Ray

In our previous chapters we covered Eagle, Southern, and Caribbean Rays because they are the most commonly encountered by our readers. However, those three barely scratch the surface since there are over 500 known species of rays and skates

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Much Maligned Rays Part Three

Visibility gradually began to clear and just above the wreck, to greet me, was an entire school of Spotted Eagle Rays flying along in the water off the wreck's bow.

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Becky Bauer Asks Why Be a Certified Diver

Here are a few experiences from my scuba instructing career. Ask yourself, "Is this you or someone you know?" If so, perhaps it is time to consider becoming a certified diver, or recertify and refresh your skills.

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Disaster in the Gulf 2010

There is no end in sight to the human and ecological damage resulting from the Deep Water Horizon disaster. This is a list of events that we do know, along with a brief but disturbing list of what we do not know.

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New Trash Islands Discovered

Scientists studying the largest of the new islands know it by several names including the Pacific Trash Vortex, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and the Eastern Pacific Patch.

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Express Ticket to Extinction for the Bluefin Tuna

On March 18, 2010, in Doha, Qatar, the proposal to ban was defeated, leaving the world's decimated Bluefin stocks once again at the mercy of ICCAT's habitual failures. The voting members of CITES issued the Bluefin Tuna's express ticket to extinction

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