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How You Can Get Involved With Manatee Conservation

If you’re looking to get involved in conservation efforts, manatee conservation is a great place to start. First of all, conservation in this context means the protection and preservation of a living thing or the environment. This sounds great, right? Especially if you have meaningful experiences with the natural environment, such as admiring the beautiful and complex ocean world during dives. But actually carrying out conservation efforts is complex because successful conservation efforts require lots of support and cooperation from all stakeholders, such as casual visitors to the specific environment, the surrounding neighborhoods, businesses, and local decision makers. It is difficult to get a variety of actors to agree on one thing. Anyone who tries to choose a movie to watch with a group of friends or siblings can attest to the difficulty. 

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Everything (And More) You've Wanted to Know About the Siphonophore

Quick, what’s the longest animal ever? A blue whale? Some kind of dinosaur? Nope, it’s the giant siphonophore Praya dubia, all 140-plus feet of it—most of us barely dive as deep as it is long! The word siphonophore strikes fear into the hearts of plankton, exposed skin and vocabulary-phobes the world over, but it describes one of the most successful groups of predators on this ocean planet. Species like Nanomia bijuga are at times the most abundant animals in the water column, a stinging gauntlet that plankton must pass through on their daily commute to and from the productive surface waters. So abundant are siphonophores that many species of squid and fish larvae have adaptively decorated themselves in ornate siphonophore-inspired body art to hide among the noxious clouds.

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4 Best Giftable Scuba Courses

Finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be difficult. Nowadays, when our friends and families can buy whatever they want whenever they want it, we gift-givers need to get creative. Luckily, PADI eLearning Courses make an easy and memorable gift. Below we are listing the 4 best giftable scuba courses, which are all on eLearning.

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What’s the Difference Between the PADI Deep Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver Courses?

It’s safe to say there is an immense variety of PADI Courses available today! From beginner courses and specialties right through to professional levels that allow you to revel in diving across the globe. However, you may be wondering about the differences between some of the more similar courses. For example, what is the Deep Diver vs. Advanced Open Water Diver course? What are the differences and similarities?

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The Best Scuba Diving Liveaboards in the World

Our survey asked readers to evaluate liveaboards they’ve dived with in the past two years, and to rank the best liveaboard they’ve experienced overall. Below is the top readers choice in every category, followed by every liveaboard that scored excellent (based on number of votes and percentile score), in alphabetical order. In each category, we listed the top overall readers choice, plus all liveaboards that received an excellent score (based on score and number of votes) in alphabetical order.

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