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Scuba Diver Ocean Planet Issue 8/2014, OP No. 2

ONE OCEAN, ONE LIFE

Is there anything better than diving in water where the light
shines through the blue as far as you can see? Incredible viz is
like having a super power – it makes gliding around the reefs
feel as if you’re flying through the air. And it’s only possible
when nothing gets in the way of the light.

It’s extraordinary that the quality of light is also always
unique wherever you go. From the Red Sea to the
Cayman Islands, the water might be just as clear, but it’s
never quite the same.

But the significance of light underwater doesn’t begin and
end with amazing visibility. I mean, this is one of the very
basic elements of life we’re talking about…

Light in the ocean doesn’t only rain down from above.
Our seas are also full of flashy, fluorescent, photon-emitting
creatures. We simply had to go and get the low down on
the science behind the blinking, winking critters that
could teach science fiction a thing or two, and the insider
tips on how to shoot them.

Light is also the very foundation of photography (“photo”
does mean “light”, after all). So we tried to get at it from
every angle – technical, experimental, and philosophical, and
we went to the master, Ernie H. Brooks II himself, for the
definitive word on light in underwater shooting.

We also talked to Shawn Heinrichs, whose beautiful,
immediately recognizable, and challenging images are
shining a light on the threats facing our marine fauna.

Yes, this issue really is an homage to light underwater
in every sense; to making it, manipulating it, capturing it,
and swimming through it.

Shine on!

Contents

OCEAN WATCH

By Laura Robson

Making Waves in Madagascar.

EUROPE
A THOUSAND AND ONE BLUES

By Rico Besserdich

Turkey’s Aegean Sea puts the “turk” in turquoise

AFRICA
THE ORIGINAL CORAL KINGDOM

By Simon Rogerson

The guaranteed clarity of the water in Egypt’s Southern Red Sea makes catching glimpses of the sharks cruising the vibrant reefs that much easier

ASIA
FLASHY CREATURES

By Lindsey Dougherty

The science behind the creatures lighting up Asia’s seas

AMERICAS: LOGBOOK
CAYMAN’S CLARITY

By Nina Baxa and Len De Vries

Visibility so good it might go to your head

OCEANIA: LOGBOOK
LIGHT UP THE KNIGHTS

By Justin Gilligan

The world-class reputation of New Zealand’s Poor Knights is well deserved

THE PIONEER OF PIONEERS, PART TWO

By Leslie Leaney

The second instalment in the story of the life and ground-breaking career of the inimitable and charismatic Professor Hans Hass

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