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Orcas, also known as killer whales and blackfish, are the largest member of the dolphin family and one of the world’s shrewdest predators. Killer whales are not, in fact, whales; but they occasionally attack whales and also great white sharks.   Basic facts about orcas: A male orca can grow […]

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PADI Joins the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to Combat Lost and Abandoned Fishing GearPADI Joins the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to Combat Lost and Abandoned Fishing Gear

  PADI has joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), the first global alliance working to solve the worldwide problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear, known as ghost gear. Founded by World Animal Protection in 2015, the GGGI works to reduce the volume of ghost gear, remove and recycle […]

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Alonissos National Marine ParkScuba diving Alonissos Greece 2

Written by guest blogger, Florine Alonissos National Marine Park is one of the largest in Europe Created in 1992, Alonissos National Park was Greece’s first marine protected area. In Piperi Island, its most protected zone, the endangered monk seals, endemic species to the Mediterranean Sea, live and breed. The fact […]

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Adam Stern on His Performance at AIDA Depth Freediving World ChampionshipsAdam Stern on His Performance at AIDA Depth Freediving World Championships

Photo by Daan Verhoeven I was lucky enough to travel to Roatan with PADI AmbassaDiver Adam Stern and get an insight  into what it’s like to be at a World Championship event, as well as the life of a competitive freediver. Not only did Adam pick up a bronze medal […]

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Combining a Passion for Diving with a Passion for Conservation

Photo by Resa Janssen Like many divers, the team from The Dive Shack, feel a responsibility to protect our ocean planet. So when they saw the chance to combine an upcoming dive trip with conservation activities they jumped at the chance. Earlier in the year, eleven divers travelled with The […]

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