Aug 142017

For almost two months we’ve been working on a secret project. We’ve spent hours watching, waiting and studying, all the while trying our best to respect this beautiful gift that Mother Nature bestowed upon us. We’ve been so eager to share bits and pieces of this with you, but we needed to see it through to completion. Now we can finallly reveal our secret from start to finish.

Special thanks to Bruce Zavon for contributing photos and a video.

Photos by Steve Schnoll, Meredith Schnoll and Bruce Zavon.

Apr 032015

On a recent night dive Steve had another encounter with an eight-tentacled sea dweller.  But instead of the more abundant Common Octopus, this time a Caribbean Reef Octopus (O. briareus) made a rare appearance.

caribbean reef octopus

caribbean reef octopus

Like many octopi, the Caribbean Reef Octopus is a master of disguise.  This intelligent invertebrate has been known to mimic the shape and color of algae or even a coconut.  In addition to camouflage, it uses jet propulsion and ink discharge to avoid and deter predators.

Here’s a video, shot by Steve.

Have you seen the Caribbean Reef Octopus?  Daytime or night dive?

Apr 112014

Hawaiian drone videographer Eric Sterman has captured incredible aerial footage of humpback whales enjoying the waters of the north shore of Oahu.  Watch closely, and towards the middle of the video you will spot a pod of whales surfing the waves at the famed Pipeline surf spot.

To see more of Eric’s amazing work-

Dec 152013

We’ve assembled a short underwater video showing the highlights of our most recent dive trip to Bonaire.

Guest appearances are made by a (pregnant) seahorse, two octopi, a turtle and several eels.

All video clips were shot by Mr. Reeftraveler with a Canon S120, RecSea housing and a Sola 1200 photo light.

This and other videos can be found on our YouTube channel.

Jul 302013

-From Today’s New York Times, a piece about Orcas in captivity.  I am pleased to see increased awareness about this important issue.  These beautiful and intelligent apex predators belong in the ocean, not at Sea World.  For more reading on this topic, check out Death at Sea World by David Kirby.

-A fascinating video from a deep ocean ROV showing a bizarre, membranous sea creature.  What in the world is it?  Care to guess?

While it looks like a creature from a Star Trek episode, it is really a type of jellyfish called Deepstaria Enigmatica.

-Don’t forget to check out my Pinterest page for loads of beautiful underwater photos, info on remote Pacific Islands and Atolls, dive and snorkel travel ideas (fancy a visit to a private island?) and ideas for the conservation-minded.