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Mermaid Minute #10: Caribbean Reef Sharks (Watch Video)

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In this new series on Scubaverse.com we are sharing Linden Wolbert’s video series ‘Mermaid Minute’.

The “Mermaid Minute” is an ocean educational web series for children.  Each action-packed episode explores one subject, creature or habitat about our oceans for 60 seconds.

Professional Mermaid Linden Wolbert is a real mermaid whose passion is educating children about the wonders of our oceans, swimming safety and ocean conservation as well as exploration and inspiring our world’s youngest ocean ambassadors.


This is Episode #10 of the Mermaid Minute, the only ocean education web series hosted by a mermaid!

One of the most common sharks in the Caribbean, these sharks are beautiful and sleek, reaching up to 10 feet (3 meters) in length. Caribbean Reef sharks DO NOT EAT PEOPLE. They feed on bony fish, stingrays and other critters on the reef. These sharks can experience something called TONIC IMMOBILITY. When their nose is rubbed by a highly trained diver in a NEPTUNIC SHARKSUIT, they go into a trance-like state! CRISTINA ZENATO, known as the SHARK DANCER, is an expert on this phenomenon and has been working with Caribbean Reef Sharks for more than 15 years in the Bahamas. Sharks love Cristina as much as she loves them! Sharks MUST be conserved, and the Caribbean Reef Shark is considered a NEAR THREATENED SPECIES. They are protected in Bahamian waters where people are taking action to educate everybody about them. I LOVE Caribbean Reef Sharks! They are beautiful, and they keep our oceans in balance. So let’s learn to love and respect these beautiful creatures that we call SHARKS!


See and learn more about Mermaid Linden here: www.mermaidsinmotion.com

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Linden Wolbert is a professional mermaid, freediver and children’s ocean educator who travels around the world diving with amazing creatures and sharing the magic through self-produced videos, educational talks and live performances in schools, aquariums, conventions and museums. Linden has completed over 800 dives and has officiated countless freediving national and world records as an AIDA International freediving judge. Linden has a Bachelor of Science in Film and Environmental Science from Emerson College and is a PADI Master SCUBA Diver.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Andy Forster of Dive Project Cornwall

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Gemma and Ian chat to Andy Forster.  Andy is the Project Director at Dive Project Cornwall.  He tells us about his own passion for diving as well as how Dive Project Cornwall is going to educate and inspire many youngsters over the coming year.

Have a listen here:

Find out more at www.diveprojectcornwall.co.uk


Find more podcast episodes and information at the new www.thebigscuba.com  website and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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Coral Spawning Predictions for Curacao and the Southern Caribbean

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The Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) has released its 2022 annual coral spawning prediction calendar for Curacao and the south Caribbean.  This calendar plays a central role in studying the reproductive biology of Caribbean corals and guiding coral restoration efforts for the southern Dutch Caribbean islands.

Based on these predictions, researchers are able to harvest coral gametes that are reared to larvae that can be used to cultivate future coral colonies.

Coral spawning is a miraculous event where entire coral colonies, prompted by the lunar cycle, sunset time and water temperature, release gametes (eggs and sperm) simultaneously. Gametes of one species fertilize another to become fertilized embryos that settle on the ocean floor after days to weeks.

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As divers, being able to witness a spawning event is a unique opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scene as the entire reef becomes engulfed in a blizzard of future corals.

Each year, the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) releases a calendar to predict when each species of coral is expected to spawn. During these events, researchers from CARMABI, in collaboration with Reef Renewal Bonaire and Reef Renewal Curaçao, also collect gametes to be used to grow new corals in a laboratory setting.

Photo credit = CARMABI

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