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Book Review: All Fish Faces by Tam Warner Minton

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The second edition of All Fish Faces is a wonderfully colourful and informative book by Tam Warner Minton.  Tam is, by her own admission, no stranger to scientific expeditions and education.  Her enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge, encouraging kids to learn about the oceans and care for the amazing marine life beneath the waves is very apparent in this excellent book.  She has obviously dedicated a great deal of time, skill and effort in taking and putting together this collection of fish photos and facts to share with and engage our future generations.

The book takes us through some basics of fish biology and ecology with fun facts and moves onto different fish families, with lots of photos and interesting details.  The book finishes with some conservation information and positive actions we can all take towards saving our oceans.

Both Mike and I enjoyed browsing this book, but the real test was to see what our nieces, Danica (11), Nadia (9) and Norah (9), thought of it!

Danica – “The pictures were bright and vibrant, very descriptive with interesting facts.“

Nadia – “It was very interesting and I liked all the pictures. I like all the fun facts.”

Norah – “I like the pictures, because they showed what the animals look like.  Some of the fish were weird.”

All of our young readers seemed to have enjoyed learning about the fish and found the number of pictures and vibrant colours engaging.  Whether this snapshot of the underwater world inspires them to become divers and future conservationists remains to be seen, but they all thank Tam for the opportunity to read her book.

We would certainly recommend this to anyone with kids with an interest in the oceans or who needs a fun and engaging present for a younger family member!

Ebook, hardback and paperback versions of All Fish Faces are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and good bookstores. Copies are also available via Tam’s author email – tam@tamwarnerminton.com – at $16.99 for the paperback, and $27.99 for the hardcover.

Special Offer for Scubaverse readers:

Quote ‘Scubaverse’ for a special rate of $14.00 for the paperback signed, and $25 for the hardcover signed, excluding shipping. 


To find out more about Tam Warner Minton, check out her blog Travels with Tam, detailing her many adventures on all seven continents.

CJ and Mike are dive instructors who have travelled all over the world pursuing their passion for the underwater world. CJ is a PADI MI and DSAT Trimix instructor with a degree in Conservation biology and ecology, who has been diving for 15 years. She loves looking for critters and pointing them out for Mike to photograph. Mike is a PADI MSDT who got back into diving in 2010. He enjoys practicing underwater photography and exploring new and exciting dive locales, occasionally with more than one tank. Follow more of their diving adventures at www.bimbleintheblue.com.

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Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados

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In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.


Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)

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Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.


Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.


For more information about the CCMI click here.

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