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Dive Ninjas expand their Striped Marlin Expeditions in Bahia Magdalena for 2020 (Watch Video)

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Two of the leading names in conservation and exploration of Mexico’s Baja California Sur peninsula, are teaming up again for 2020 to create an even more incredible series of Striped Marlin citizen science expeditions in Bahia Magdalena, Mexico this autumn for the Baja California Sardine Run.

Freediving with Striped Marlin in Bahia Magdalena with Dive Ninja Expeditions and Nakawe Project.

Bahia Magdalena aerial shot. Photo by Jay Clue, Dive Ninja Expeditions.

The 2019 season was jaw dropping to say the least. As if swimming with dozens of striped marlin and sea lions chasing bait-balls wasn’t enough, last year they encountered fin whales, pods of orcas, sailfish, and even mako sharks! The surreal encounters, and abundance of life experienced in this area, has inspired Dive Ninja Expeditions and Nakawe Project to look for more ways to help protect this remarkable area for the 2020 season. 

Watch this video for a teaser of what’s in store:

https://youtu.be/nBbC9gMC8bQ

To start, they have recently announced that Dr. Rogelio Gonzalez Armas, will join this year’s ‘Nakawe Ninja’ expedition team. With over 30 years of hands-on research with the striped marlin of the Eastern Pacific, he will oversee the research end of the project as well as help redevelop the citizen science aspects of the expeditions, in hopes that they will discover where and when the marlin are spawning!  

Freediving with striped marlin, baitballs, and sealions with Dive Ninja Expeditions in Bahia Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Photo by Jay Clue.

Second, the opportunity to swim alongside one of the fastest fish in the ocean will be more intimate than ever for 2020.  The team has decided to cut the tours down to only four guests on each of the nine expeditions this year. Along with two expert guides, one representing Nakawe Project and the other representing Dive Ninja Expeditions – creating a 2:1 ratio of guests to expert guides creating a more intimate experience both above and under the water. The 2020 Striped Marlin expedition program will offer presentations on the striped marlin & conservation, interactive data collecting, and of course front row seats to one of nature’s greatest shows. 

Photo by Jay Clue, Dive Ninja Expeditions

This upcoming season also sees the addition of new 6 day expeditions for those guests looking for a some extra in water time with these remarkable creatures. The expeditions depart from Cabo San Lucas to the small fishing village of San Carlos. From the picturesque accommodation overlooking Magdalena Bay, you can see every color of red, yellow, and pink reflected off of the glassy water from your balcony during the sunsets. 

Bahia Magdalena aerial shot. Photo by Jay Clue, Dive Ninja Expeditions.

Join researchers, photographers, and passionate ocean conservationists to experience an adrenalin-pumping adventure in one of the world’s last wild frontiers, while simultaneously contributing to the protection and preservation of it. 50% of all profits from this expedition will be donated directly to Nakawe Project’s #SavetheMarlins Campaign. 

Photo by Jay Clue, Dive Ninja Expeditions.

Tickets are available now. To learn more about the Nakawe Ninjas Striped Marlin citizen science expeditions visit diveninjaexpeditions.com 

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Scubaverse UWP Winners Gallery: Christian Horras

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Each month we give the winner of the Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition the opportunity to show off a little more of their work in a gallery. The March winner was Christian Horras and you can see their winning image at the top of this page.


What do you love about diving & underwater photography?

For me it is all about showing the beauty of our world underwater to people that don’t dive and thus can’t see it for themselves. I want to share my own passion for the amazing ecosystem that is so much older than everything we know living on land. As I am from Germany, there are only a few people in my surroundings that have ever seen a coral reef or a shark with their own eyes. It is a big privilege to be able to go diving all over the world and in return it should be our task to arise awareness of this fragile and endangered ecosystem.

What equipment do you use?

I use a Nikon D810 in a Isotta Housing and various lenses, depending on the subject: a Sigma 15mm F2.8 Fisheye, a Nikon 16-35 mm F4 and two Nikon Macro lenses (60mm and 105mm), as well as a WeeFine +13 Diopter. The Fisheye is my main lens, as it allows me to get really close and still cover a big field of view. For lighting I use two Retra Pro Strobes and a Retra Snoot.

Where can our readers see more of your work?

Website: www.christianhorras.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/christian.horras/


To enter the latest Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition, with a chance to win some great prizes as well as have your own gallery published, head over to the competition page and upload up to 3 images.

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Emperor Divers reaches halfway in Covid Diver Heroes Initiative with fourth award

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Emperor Divers have reached the halfway point with their #coviddiverheroes initiative and are still receiving worthy nominations every day! Here, they recognise their 4th winner, another awesome hero from the diving community with an inspirational story of selflessness through the pandemic. Nominated by David White, Phuong Cao wins a free liveaboard trip in the Maldives when she can finally take some time off, and here is her story:

I, David White, would like to nominate Phuong Cao (36) for her tireless efforts fighting this pandemic. Not satisfied with being a frontline hospitalist in New York she took a second job on the COVID team in Guam to treat patients under even tougher conditions on her weeks off! She continues to commute 7750 miles each way and apply herself to both jobs for three months already and counting. Her energy level has no limits and she’s only happy when those in her care are on the mend. I think she definitely deserves a break! I guess the Maldives would be the best choice for her as I know she has dived with you in the Red Sea already.

Phuong Cao

We have been in touch with Phuong who had this to say: “Wow what a surprise! Thank you for the recognition. Holding my breath until I get back underwater!”

The halfway point is a good chance to remind people that the initiative is still running and the Emperor Divers team would love to hear about more heroes, as there are four more to award in the next 2 months!

Do you know a diver who has been heroic this past year? Emperor know that, worldwide, people have had to step up during this pandemic which has affected so many lives. They want to reward some real heroes with free liveaboard trips in the Red Sea or Maldives.

Luke Atkinson, Emperor’s Red Sea Manager, said: “This initiative is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to all those hundreds of people who have taken a selfless interest in looking after the vulnerable in their community. Examples could include healthworkers, carers or those who have come out of retirement to volunteer locally, but really we know there are many other ways people have been heroic.“

Emperor want to hear from people who know a heroic diver who would love to have a free liveaboard trip to look forward to in the future. People need to nominate a Covid Hero Diver and tell Emperor (in 100 – 200 words) why they deserve a free trip, and whether they would prefer the Red Sea or the Maldives. A multinational panel of Emperor’s most loyal and compassionate staff will judge the entries and pick a winner every 2 weeks for the next 2 months. There are two remaining Red Sea and two more Maldives liveaboards to be earned, so get nominating and give that hero a reward for their amazing work!

Winners will be announced by 14th (Maldives) and 28th (Red Sea) of each month. Final entries for Red Sea by 20th May ‘21 and Maldives 5th June ’21.

Entries, comments and questions should be sent to heroes@emperordivers.com.

Terms & Conditions apply: Please contact heroes@emperordivers.com for details.

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