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Portugal

Underwater Photography in Black and White

I long wanted to do a black and white underwater series, and finally here it is… The photographs are from the Azores.

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Featured Portugal

Diving with Blue Sharks of the Azores

Blue sharks populate the waters around the Azores archipelago. They undertake long transatlantic migrations. Offshore diving with these elegant and curious animals allows to study them at arm’s length.

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Featured Portugal

Diving Princess Alice Bank

Princess Alice Bank at the Azores is a volcanic seamount on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge rising from more than thousand metres to a depth of around 40 metres below the ocean surface. The abundance of marine life, especially manta rays, make it an exquisite, albeit remote and exposed offshore spot for diving. 

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Mozambique

Nosestripe Anemonefish

Although quite small, the nosestripe anemonefish is incredibly brave. I’ve observed one chasing away another fish that was much larger than itself. The anemonefish repeatedly poked the unwanted visitor in the side and drove him away. These anemonefish usually live in pairs in anemones ‚Äď hence the name. Their body is coated with protective mucus […]

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Djibouti

The Wreck of the Priamos

The Gulf of Aden, notorious for pirates, is one of the major waterways on the globe. Connecting the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea via Suez Canal, there are about 21’000 ships crossing the gulf per year. Hence it’s not surprising that there are quite a few¬†shipwrecks on the seabed.¬†One of them is the¬†MV Priamos […]

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Spain

Diving on the Volcano: El Bajón

El Baj√≥n is an underwater mountain at the southern tip of El Hierro, the island that once was the end of the old world. Out of the deep blue, its steep rock faces rise from a hundred metres depth to a few metres below the ocean surface making the volcanic peak an thrilling dive spot. […]

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Spain

Marine Life in El Hierro (Part 2)

This is the second article about scuba diving and marine life in El Hierro. The waters around La Restinga are a marine reserve, and underwater life is rich with diverse animals in the clear waters.¬†There are triggerfish, pufferfish,¬†parrotfish, zebra seabream, porcupinefish, trumpetfish,¬†garden eel and moray eel,¬†dusky grouper, barracuda, greater amberjack, red scorpionfish, slipper lobster, tube-dwelling […]

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Spain

Marine Life in El Hierro (Part 1)

El Hierro sits on a ridge on the 3’500-metre-deep seabed, making it a dive spot with rich biodiversity. As marine biology is an overwhelming field, I’ve compiled a simplified and incomplete scheme. The abundant marine life in El Hierro can be classified into bony and cartilaginous fish, whales, crustacea, molluscs,¬†Anthozoa (anemones, corals, and gorgonians), and […]

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Spain

Mediterranean Secrets: Serra de Tramuntana Underwater

Spain’s Serra de Tramuntana is a spectacularly wild and beautiful mountain scenery that continues underwater.