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Mike Ball Dive Expeditions Video of the Month October 2019 (Watch Video)



In this series from Australia’s Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, we share their favourite trip videos…

Far North Coral Sea Exploratory Expedition 3-10 October by Julia Sumerling

7 Night Far North Coral Sea Exploratory featuring:

  • Bougainville – Spectacular big fish action at Crystal Plateau.
  • Explore the Dungeons & Dragons labyrinth of caves & caverns.
  • Dive the scattered remains of MV Antonio Tarabocchia.
  • Osprey – 2-3 shark attraction dives, see 100’s of sharks.
  • Includes Passive Attraction, Shark Feed & Private Shark Shoot.
  • Spectacular topography, visibility & pelagics at False Entrance
    Far Northern Reefs – Mambo #5, TMO, Aladdin’s Cave & Pirate’s Cove.
  • The upwelling currents attract schooling pelagics including:
    trevally, barracuda, mackerel, patrolling tuna & sharks.
  • Mantas, mobula & eagle rays cruise the Continental Shelf.
  • Photograph huge yellow & red soft corals on the deep walls.
  • Ribbon Reefs – Explore the Ribbons best fish & coral sites.
  • Buddy up with diver size fish at the Cod Hole.
  • Night dive with moray eels, giant trevally & sharks at Gotham City.
  • Find the Great Barrier Reef’s largest clam at the Clam Beds.
  • Diverse critters & pelagics at Lighthouse, Pixie Pinnacle & Steve’s Bommie.

General Trip Director’s round-up:

As the great weather continues, our guests are treated to some spectacular marine life sightings including Manta Rays, Hammerheads, Leopard Sharks, Lacy Scorpionfish and Pygmy Seahorses.   It’s also the time of year that fish congregate in large schools and so far we have witnessed blood red Big Eyes, Sweet Lips and Sailfin Snapper.

Just one of the incredible itineraries aboard multi award-winning liveaboard Spoilsport. Find out more at

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions operates exciting scuba diving expeditions on custom-built, award-winning liveaboard Spoilsport, to some of the best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Enjoy spectacular biodiversity on the northern Great Barrier Reef including the world famous Cod Hole, or venture out into the remote Coral Sea for exciting big fish action, shark encounters and excellent visibility. Find out more at


Nauticam announce NA-A7C Housing for Sony a7C Camera



Sony’s latest full frame mirrorless camera, the a7C offers the underwater image maker one of the most compact and travel friendly full frame systems available on the market today.  The a7C features Sony’s latest stellar autofocus and a much improved battery life thanks to its use of the larger Z series battery. The BIONZ X processor delivers superb low-light performance and faster image processing. For video shooters, the a7C features internal UHD 4K capture in the wide-dynamic range HLG image profile at up to 30p.

Nauticam has housed more mirrorless cameras, and more Sony E Mount cameras than any other housing manufacturer. This experience results in the most evolved housing line with broadest range of accessories available today.

Pioneering optical accessories elevate performance to a new level. Magnifying viewfinders, the sharpest super macro accessory lenses ever made, and now the highest quality water contact wide angle lenses (the WWL-1B and WACP-1) combine with the NA-A7C housing to form a complete imaging system.

Nauticam is known for ergonomics, and an unmatched experience. Key controls are placed at the photographer’s fingertips. The housing and accessories are light weight, and easy to assemble. The camera drops in without any control presetting, and lens port changes are effortless.

NA-A7C features an integrated handle system. This ergonomic style provides exceptional control access, even with thick gloves, with ideal placement of the shutter release and a thumb-lever to actuate the AF-ON button from the right handle.

Nauticam build quality is well known by underwater photographers around the globe. The housing is machined from a solid block of aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water corrosion. Marine grade stainless and plastic parts complete the housing, and it is backed by a two year warranty against manufacturing defects.

For more information in the UK visit the Nauticam website by clicking here.

For more information in the USA visit the Nauticam website by clicking here.

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BLUE EARTH – Future Frogmen Podcast Series – The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau



A series of conservation educational podcasts from Future Frogmen, introduced by Jeff Goodman.

The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau

We have a new host, Dr. Colleen Bielitz, and today we’ll be interviewing a recent college graduate as part of our once-a-month episode that focuses on students: the next generation of conservationists, researchers, and activists.

What are the next generation of ocean stewards doing to protect our Blue Earth? Join us as we find out by speaking to Lauren Brideau, a recent graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. Lauren started as an undeclared major but soon found her calling, now she is part of a research team conserving life below water.  She is a prime example that if you want to defend our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea to survive, now is the time to become part of the solution.

Richard E Hyman Bio

Richard is the Chairman and President of Future Frogmen.

Born from mentoring and love of the ocean, Richard is developing an impactful non-profit organization. His memoir, FROGMEN, details expeditions aboard Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s famed ship Calypso.

Future Frogmen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and public charity that works to improve ocean health by deepening the connection between people and nature. They foster ocean ambassadors and future leaders to protect the ocean by accomplishing five objectives.

You can find more episodes and information at and on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.


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