Atoll Scuba & Maldives Promotion House celebrated the New Year on 1st January 2012 with 2 dives to the ‘Maldive Victory’ wreck and Banana Reef. The visibility was not so great but the guys had good fun on both the dives.
Happy New Year……
A photo of a Porcelain Anemone Crab taken by ‘Shaff’ has been published in the international dive magazine Scuba Diver Australasia’s latest issue. The photo was taken this year at Kurumba Resort house reef.
Cover of Scuba Diver Australasia Issue 6/2011
The Porcelain Anemone Crab
We’ll be starting new courses in 2012…Technical Diving courses! SSI TXR and PADI TecRec courses will be started soon. As soon as our instructors get their TXR & TecRec ratings. Will be keeping you updated..
‘Maldives: Colours of the Ocean’ is the first publication of Maldives Promotion House and it will be launched in a few weeks time. The authors are Mohamed Shafraz Naeem & Mohamed Shafraz Hafiz. This is a hard cover coffee table book of 122 pages & 99 breathtaking underwater photos by Mohamed Shafraz Naeem ‘Shaff’. It will be the perfect gift to show the colourful life beneath the Maldivian waters.
To pre-order the book please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Guy Stevens
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water. Males produce a complex song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear, although it appears to have a role in mating.
Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres (16,000 mi) each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. The species’ diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net feeding technique.
Like other large whales, the humpback was and is a target for the whaling industry. Due to over-hunting, its population fell by an estimated 90% before a whaling moratorium was introduced in 1966. Stocks have since partially recovered; however, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships, and noise pollution also remain concerns. There are at least 80,000 humpback whales worldwide. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpbacks are now sought by whale-watchers, particularly off parts of Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, and the United States.
The population of Humpbacks in the Indian ocean is poorly studied and of the few animals which are sighted in the Maldives each year, researchers have no idea where they have travelled from. The humpbacks are most likely using the Maldivian atolls as a resting area, sheltered inside the safety of the atoll’s lagoon the whales are taking advantage of the calm waters to rest before beginning the next leg of their epic journey. As mother whales and small calves are also sighted, it is possible the females are using the atolls as a birthing ground.
Like other marine animals, humpbacks can be individually identified by the unique patterns on the underside of their fluke (tail). Scientists in the Indian ocean studying the humpbacks have created a database to see if they can find out where these wandering giants journey. The current theory is that the Humpbacks that occur in the Maldives have ventured across the Indian ocean from the Arabian Sea. The sighting of this humpback whale has been sent to whale researchers in the hope that they will find a match from another location in the world helping to unlock the mysteries of these amazing animals lives.
The Black Diamond BC is the do all, be all BC for the serious recreational diver. From Tec to Rec the Black Diamond will meet all of your demands and do it well. Designed to provide the comfort desired for daily diving and the features needed to take you over the edge, the Black Diamond is ideal for the diver who does it all.
Exclusive Sure Lock™ (patent pending) mechanical weight release system.
Rear-mounted non-releasable weight pouches hold a maximum of 10 lbs/4.5 kg of weight
Patented low-profile three dimensional air cell
Easy to use 2 inch (50mm) wide swivel buckles on shoulder improve fit and load support.
Self-adjusting Lumbar Support (SLS)
One large cargo pocket and two zippered security pockets
NEW! right shoulder pull dump
Vertically adjustable chest strap
Multi-set waist adjustment that also accommodates optional 12″ (30cm) waistband extensions
Rolled neoprene around the collar for added comfort
5 Large Stainless Steel D-Rings (4 on size small)
Over-molded carrying handle
Back pad lifts to expose double cylinder access holes
Contoured Backpack provides the needed stability even with the heaviest cylinders.
Patented Tank Traction System (TTS) ensures the tank is firmly attached to the BC
Two lower pull dumps allow for easy dumping of air if you prefer head first descents or when you are in the swimming position
Accessory attachment grommets allow for quick attachment of a Deep See knife directly to the BC
Webbing loops for optional crotch strap
Stainless Steel Jon line D-ring
You can order the ‘Black Diamond’ from the Authorized Aqualung dealer in the Maldives: Dive Gear