Oct 162014
 

In Bonaire, October is the time to reproduce – for the coral that is.  Two nights ago we went for a night dive with the hope of witnessing this event.

We jumped in the water around 9:15 pm, and it wasn’t long before we were treated to a show that only mother nature could produce.

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Spawning of Mountainous Star Coral – Montastraea faveolata

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This was also the night for brittle star spawning, and I’ve never seen this species so active on the reef.

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Have you seen the coral spawning this year?  Various species have been spawning this week – some during the day and some at night.

Oct 142014
 

A few years ago, I wrote a piece about the Beach Wheelchair – a specialty wheelchair allowing physically challenged beachgoers access to the beach and water.

I’m so happy to report that a new, floating Beach Wheelchair is now available for use in Bonaire.  At JibeCity in Sorobon, physically challenged visitors may use the Beach Wheelchair to enjoy the white sandy beach and float in the turquoise lagoon.

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The beach and lagoon at Sorobon

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Example of the floating Beach Wheelchair.   Photo Credit – www.beachwheelchair.com

Oct 102014
 

Recently I watched a very fascinating Ted Talk given by Hamish Jolly – an Australian entrepreneur, ocean swimmer and kite surfer.  Jolly founded a company called SAMS (Shark Attack Mitigation Systems) that claims to have developed shark repelling wetsuit technology.  According to the company’s website, the wetsuits are designed to “disrupt the sharks visual perception” to divert or delay a possible attack.

While this theory is extremely intriguing, testing is still ongoing, and there is no guarantee that the suits will prevent an attack.  Personally, I’m not yet convinced that wearing this suit, let’s say, to swim or surf in a known great white feeding ground is a sound idea. Nevertheless, it’s a concept that I will continue to follow with interest.

Here’s the video.  Give it a watch and let me know your thoughts.

 

Sep 282014
 
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Bonaire’s Bari Reef continues to be our favorite Bonairean dive site for underwater macro and fish photography. This reef is teeming with so much life that each dive feels like an opportunity to explore a new realm.  From manta rays cruising the coast to the usually-shy common octopus to the tiniest of blennies, this site is home to myriad creatures both great and small.

Lately, we’ve become enamored with the smaller inhabitants of Bari Reef.  You certainly don’t have to dive deep to find subjects – we’ve typically found the best macro opportunities at the top of the reef.

Here are some shots from late summer.

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Secretary Blenny

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Barred Hamlet

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Bandtail pufferfish

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Christmas Tree Worm

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Redlip Blenny

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Juvenile lionfish

Sep 252014
 

This week’s tip is really simple.  It’s something that almost all of us can do  – maybe even on a daily basis.  In the US alone, more than 500 million plastic drinking straws are used EACH DAY!  According to Ocean Conservancy, plastic straws are one of the top 10 items found in their International Coastal Cleanups.

Tip 3 – Reduce, or preferably eliminate, your use of plastic straws.

If you are a consumer, dining at a restaurant perhaps, just say no when your server brings a straw with your drink.  As a restaurant owner or server, make a policy of asking your customers if they would like a straw.  You may be surprised when many of those customers decline.