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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2013!!!

In Uncategorized on January 7, 2013 by atollscuba Tagged: , , ,

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2013!!!

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Happy New Year 2012!

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2012 by atollscuba Tagged:

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.

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Happy New Year……

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Photo published in SDAA latest issue.

In Aqua,Diving,Maldives,Nauticam,Photography,SCUBA,Uncategorized,Underwater on December 22, 2011 by atollscuba Tagged: , , , ,

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


													

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Upcoming Dive Courses

In Diving,Maldives,SCUBA,Uncategorized,Underwater on December 21, 2011 by atollscuba Tagged:

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..

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How to Take a Manta Identification Photo

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2011 by atollscuba

By Guy Stevens

In addition to their unique personalities, every manta ray has its own pattern of spots on its belly, or ventral surface. These spot patterns can be used to identify individual manta rays much in the same way fingerprints can be used to identify humans.

By cataloguing photo IDs of manta rays, we can develop a better understanding of how large the local population is, and how its individuals are utilizing certain sites in the area and travelling throughout the region.

A photograph of the ventral surface is the most important, as it reveals the individual’s identity, and also shows the sex of the animal, which can be used to calculate proportions of males and females in the population. The best photo ID captures the entire underside of the manta, but sometimes manta encounters can be short, so it’s important to photograph the most indicative portion of the animal in a pinch. The area between the gill slits and the lower belly is the most critical for identification, while the rest of the ventral surface can be useful if two individuals have similar patterns.

Don’t Forget the Top!

 

Hopefully your manta encounters will last more than a few short minutes. If you have the opportunity to spend more time with a manta, taking photos of the animal’s top, or dorsal side, and profile shots of the manta can also be extremely useful.

Mating Scars: During mating, males bite down on a female’s left pectoral fin in order to manoeuvre (remember, these animals don’t have opposable thumbs, fingers, or even arms!). This rubs off the skin on the female’s fin and leaves a scar which can show when a female has reached sexual maturity, and how often it has been mating.

 

Pregnancies: By keeping track of pregnant females, we can tell when and how often certain individuals are pregnant, estimate how many babies are being born each year, and track any trends in pregnancies for the population as a whole. If you think you see a pregnant female, make sure you get the profile shot to prove it!    

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Atoll Scuba!

In Aqua,Diving,Dreams,Gates Housings,Maldives,Maldives Diving Scuba Manta Ray,maldives diving scuba underwater fish marine sea india beauty,Uncategorized on August 6, 2011 by atollscuba

ADI is now known as Atoll Scuba. Atoll Scuba will be operating from Male’ as well as the brand new luxury liveaboard ‘Ark Venture’, which will be operational from October 2011. We will be providing world class diving to all divers from beginners till Technical divers. The underwater video and photography projects will still be handled and managed by Squid Media.  There will be a cameraman onboard the ‘Ark Venture’ 24/7 documenting the underwater beauty of the Maldives.

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Article published in Asian Geo Passport Magazine

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2010 by atollscuba


An article that Mafu from ADI wrote and photos from Shaff have been published in the December 2009 issue of Asian Geo Passport magazine. You can download the article from the link below:

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