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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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Jeff chats to… Paul Cox, CEO of the Shark Trust about the Big Shark Pledge (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Paul Cox, CEO of the Shark Trust UK about the Big Shark Pledge.

The Big Shark Pledge aims to build one of the biggest campaigning communities in the history of shark conservation. To put pressure on governments and fisheries. And make the positive changes required to safeguard awesome sharks and rays.

Find out more at: www.bigsharkpledge.org and www.sharktrust.org.


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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Book Review: The Sea Lions of Los Islotes

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Review of The Sea Lions of Los Islotes – The Jewel of Espiritu Santo Island

Having dived with and filmed these amazing Sea Lions myself many years ago I was delighted to see this new book by Luke Inman. It brought back memories of the most friendly and playful animals in our marine world. Their exuberance and desire for play seems unmatched anywhere else. Luke’s book is a true celebration of the Sea Lion.

The book is well written but not overly heavy on the text. Instead there are short comprehensive paragraphs on their behaviour and lifestyle. This is all supported by plenty of images reflecting Luke’s experiences and relationship with these gregarious animals. It is not often you feel you are watching an animal smile but these do. Constantly. It is with these images Luke shares his love and enthusiasm for the Sea Lions.

In the book Luke mentions the modern day issues faced by the Sea Lions in reference to Climate change, over fishing and Ghost fishing. These are serious factors in the life of any marine animals and must not be ignored or brushed over.

Luke also briefly mentions Sea Lions in captivity for the amusement of human beings. He rightly points out that the animals suffer bad health and die prematurely compared to those in the wild. I would like to add that a Sea Lion in a tank or marine park, performing tricks, is not a Sea Lion at all. It is a low base form of its natural self and should never be captive and imprisoned in this way.

It’s a good book and well worth looking up. Especially as it is getting near Christmas.

About the author

Luke Inman is an award-winning scuba Instructor Trainer, natural history filmmaker, photographer, writer and explorer. His work includes the BBC’s Planet Earth 3, Netflix’s Our Planet and advertising campaigns. Luke is the Owner and Operator of The Dive Gurus — the only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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Release date 25 October 2022 | RRP £25 | Paperback | ISBN 978-1-909455-49-8 | 136 pages | 246 x 189 mm

Available now from Divedup.com, online and from retailers.

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