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Invasive Orange Cup Coral Silently Grows off the Keys
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
Orange cup coral is an invasive species. So far it has specialized on artificial reefs, dock pilings and oil rigs. On vertical surfaces, water movement, distance above the sea floor and less sedimentation than horizontal surfaces favor orange cup coral growth. Since most of our local reef structure does not have significant vertical wall structure, artificial reefs will be prime targets.
The Brass Section of the Reef
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
Trumpet fish are part of the Syngnathiformes family. Don’t fret, I can’t pronounce it either. It’s actually quite a large group. Cousins include seahorses, pipefish, sea dragons, shrimpfish, and sea moths. Bony exteriors and small tube-like mouths are characteristics of syngnathids. Like seahorses, trumpetfish males carry the eggs. The scientific name actually translates as “flute mouth”.
File this Fish with the Shy Group
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
Filefish have a protruding mouth with some very sharp teeth, similar to a triggerfish. They have narrow, compressed bodies with rough spiny scales and a front dorsal fin that can be raised or lowered. When the fin is raised, it resembles a file, which some reference sources say is the inspiration for the name. Filefish are another group of highly entertaining critters on the reef.
Look for the Fish in a Box
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,570. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
When I want a chuckle, I look for a fish in a box. Not a cardboard box of fish like you get in a bait shop, but a body box that fits perfectly and is color matched to its occupant. I’m referring to a group of animals called boxfish. They look like little robots scooting around the reef in search of a new power source. The Energizer bunny with fins and armor - and in some cases, horns.
Schooling Activity is Alive and Well on the South End of Molasses
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,710. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
Many reasons are given for schooling activity. Schooling occurs in up to eighty percent of species at some point in their life. Protection from predators, breeding and searching for food are top reasons cited for schooling behavior. There is also an advantage in riding the vortices created by the swimming motion of the fishes themselves - like a race car drafting behind the car in front of him.
Butterflyfish: Graceful Reef Gliders
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
There’s one thing I can guarantee I’ll see on every dive. Some sort of butterflyfish will be wherever I’m going. The REEF fish identification book has six species listed in the Caribbean. I have five of them in my image inventory, and most likely will never see the other one. In the Pacific there are well over 100 species.
The Great Hamlet Debate
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,680. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
There has been a debate on the number of hamlet species. The original classification was for one species, and color variations didn’t matter. Research is now shedding light on color differences. For example, the indigo hamlet is different in two ways. Another interesting study shows areas of concentration by color pattern, with blue hamlets being the dominant species in the Florida Keys.
Small Wonders on Reefs and Wrecks
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,600. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
If you are new to underwater photography, I applaud your entry into the submerged imaging realm. It’s your efforts that help spread the wonder and splendor of marine life found on reefs and wrecks. Your time, stories and photos are important. More than likely you will get better results shooting macro photography. Set yourself up for success by practicing and mastering macro photography first.
Wherever You Go, There's No Place Like Home
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
Coming home to the Florida Keys is an exotic destination in itself. When I got home from the Philippines, it was like coming home to a vacation that was interrupted by another vacation. On our trip we did not come close to seeing a vast array of fish we see routinely on Snapper Ledge or the south end of Molasses Reef. There are not many places in America that hold that distinction.
Photo Tour of the Philippines
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,610. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
The mandarin fish mating dance, a pregnant mantis shrimp, a blue ribbon eel and sea snakes are the most memorable to me. Lots of pipefish, sea horses and nudibranchs live in the seagrass, which made the hang time quite enjoyable. We also dove Apo Island two of the days we were there, then spent a week on the Atlantis Azores liveaboard at Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea.
Goliath Grouper... Gentle Giants of the Reef
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,700. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
Itʼs common knowledge that Goliath groupers were nearly wiped out by overfishing up through the 1980s. Even though Goliath groupers have staged a comeback - estimates are about 35 percent compared to earlier populations - the benchmark figures are inaccurate. The stock is nowhere near historical levels, based on research. Another comment I saw berated Goliath groupers for decimating other fish pop
Angels on the Reef
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
Angelfish are the most colorful and beautiful animals on the reef, in my opinion. Some are very shy, like Rock Beauties. Others have varying degrees of aloofness, depending on the conditions and circumstances. The best spots for angels I’ve seen are the deeper parts of Molasses and French reefs, since that is also the place we find the highest population and variety of sponges.
Buoy System Invented in the Florida Keys Helps Protect Reefs Everywhere
Price: Free! Words: 2,570. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology
The Mooring Buoy System started with an idea, was implemented on a small scale, and grew to become a world dominating practice. John Halas got permission to set 6 experimental mooring buoys on French Reef, which are still in use today. In a modern era where most of the world’s reefs are in trouble, the implications for reef conservation from the mooring buoy system are incalculable.
The Less Traveled Reef: Going Deep Reveals Abundant and Unusual Sealife
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
There are a few places in the outer edges of the Florida Keys reef tract that are a whole different world. Deep French, Deep Elbow and Deep Molasses are quite different than the shallower namesakes. The contours begin around 50 feet, and usually bottom out in the 80 to 90 foot range. Nitrox is the preferred gas on these dives.
Cleaning Stations: the Ultimate Hygiene System
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling
Cleaning stations are an essential element in reef ecology. All three parties - cleaners, clients and parasites - are part of a big matrix that runs the gamut from mutually beneficial to intrusive or harmful.
Diving the Spiegel Grove... Wreck or Reef?
Series: Wreck. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology
The Spiegel Grove has a wealth of opportunity for great diving. It’s just plain fun, sprinkled with a bit of a challenge at times.
Yellow Stingray Population Declines in the Keys - What Does it Mean?
Series: Marine Life. Price: Free! Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling
One topic that caught my eye was a study about the changes in the population of yellow stingrays in various parts of the Caribbean.  The Florida Keys had the largest decline, while Jamaica had an increase. Why is that significant? Why should we care about yellow stingrays?
Aquarius Habitat is Unique in the World
Series: Sanctuary Science. Price: Free! Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling
There literally is no other place like this on earth. As a dive site, it’s sensational since the animals that live underneath and around the habitat are used to divers. But more important things take place there than being an incredible dive site. Everything from testing the newest technology to training astronauts is within the purview of Aquarius Reef Base.
Get The Reef Growing... Coral Restoration Is Coming To A Reef Near You
Price: Free! Words: 2,640. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology
There is good news and bad news about coral reefs. Bad news: reefs are in trouble. Many factors contribute to reef decline. Good news: there is a wholehearted effort to combat reef degradation. The Coral Restoration Foundation, in Key Largo, Florida, is a pioneer in growing and transplanting coral the reefs in the Florida Keys. Experience it with underwater photographer and writer Tim Grollimund.
Walkers' Adventures in the Asia-Pacific 2014
Series: Walkers' Adventures. Price: Free! Words: 19,280. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests
Marilyn and John Walker are members of that highly desirable demographic: retired, healthy, active and ready to leave home for adventures. In the autumn of 2014, we visited Lembeh Strait and Raja Ampat for underwater photography. We took lots of pictures but no selfies. This narrative is entirely personal, with no politics or viewpoint or uplifting message. It's just for fun.

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