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A few Transparent underwater species

by Ksso on February 22, 2013

As I was browsing weird underwater species, I realized there are quite a few that are weirder than others or at least that were showing a particular feature : being transparent.

I picked 3 very different weird ones, but I'm sure there are more ! (don't hesitate to leave your hints in comments I'd love to complete the list). I didn't mention the obvious jellyfishes -  the very ones every diver has encountered (and tried to avoid most of the time) .

1. The Barreleye (Macropinna microstoma)

The Barreley lives in pretty deep places (~2,000m, 6,000ft) and has some incredible eyes able to rotate upwards to look through its transparent skull (actually fluid-filled) ...

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Picture of a Giant Manta giving birth

by Ksso on February 08, 2013

Photography: ©2013 Martin Ureta. All Rights Reserved.

Film Maker Martin Ureta is a really lucky diver. As he was in Maldives for a holiday he ended up taking the first ever picture of a giant oceanic manta ray (Manta birostris) giving birth! Mantas aren't mammals but their reproduction is very cingular as during copulation the male will fertilize the female's eggs which will be staying in the female's body for about 12 months. Eggs will hatch internally usually ending with giving birth to one pup.... which is wat the picture captured !

As you may know little is known about the life of those giant animals and their protection is of upmost importance as explained in depth on...

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Scuba DIY... ? do you??

by Chris W on February 01, 2013

This post comes to you at an idle moment while researching the best ways of stitching Nylon webbing to make some alterations to a back plate harness setup and Ive just spent another few hours googling  peoples DIY projects published on the web.

Ive always been a bit of a DIY enthusiast.  I have a variety of other hobbies - astronomy, electronics , scientific photography, Ham radio, etc where the accepted norm is to  build or modify  equipment yourself, and this tends to be partly true in my diving too. Typical DIY projects here have ranged from simple (if messy) things like seals and seams on drysuits to my current project which is a motorised 360 degree underwater panoramic camera...

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