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Pipefish amaze in Mauritius

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Mauritius continues to reveal new and exciting macro marine life.

I have looked through all my fish books and three of these four pipefish species are not described. It’s all the doing of Thomas Vignaud, who sees things that ordinary mortals completely ignore. We have the most amazing pipefish here.

I spotted a pale banded pipefish, heavily pregnant with two others interacting and perhaps fighting over the food supply, and I filmed them. The video below shows something that almost looks like a pipefish baby shower.

Hiding in caves were the flagtail pipefish, ferocious predators and hunters, nailing every little benthic invertebrate microbe in sight while his mate hid behind him egging him on to greater daring. And his landlord, a golden Moray, watched in awe.

Beautiful but elusive are the blue streaked and gold streaked flag tailed pipefish that we find hiding out in the sea urchin spikes. Superbly posed for photographs, you really need to really know your manual focus to catch a shot of these guys as the urchin spikes and can create huge difficulties with focus.

And most romantic of all, the only familiar species, hanging head down and swaying like seaweed the pairs of ghost pipefish, dancing romantically in the current while they wait for their food to arrive. Macro Magic.


Jill Holloway lives in Mauritius and at Sodwana Bay Isimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa. A PADI qualified Nitrox diver with over 1,500 dives, she is a passionate observer and preserver of the marine environment, and has a database of over 35,000 fish pics and hundreds of Gopro videos on fish behaviour, which she shares with her readers.

Marine Life & Conservation

PADI and GoPro launch the first-ever Underwater Selfie Day to make a statement for ocean health

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PADI® and GoPro are teaming up to rally people around the world to dive in and make a statement for ocean conservation with the world’s first-ever Underwater Selfie Day on 7 November 2020.

By flooding social media with amazing underwater photos and videos for one day, divers, water lovers and action sports enthusiasts will put a spotlight on the human connection to the ocean – showing millions of people around the world just how incredible it really is and why it’s worth protecting.

“PADI is committed to growing its community of Torchbearers who explore and protect our ocean,” says Kristin Valette-Wirth, Chief Brand and Membership Officer for PADI Worldwide. “We’re thrilled to partner with GoPro to inform, excite and empower people everywhere to seek adventure and save the ocean on Underwater Selfie Day and year-round.”

At GoPro, we often say that the company really took off when our founder, Nicholas Woodman, decided to turn the camera around and capture himself. The wide-angle views inherent to GoPro are perfect for capturing not only your expression but whatever experience you are immersing yourself in. So, kicking off an international #UnderwaterSelfieDay, which also celebrates protecting the environment, is something we are thrilled to be a part of,” says GoPro Vice President of Global Marketing Rick Loughery. “Participants will also notice that the HERO9 Black they are vying for is the first GoPro to be sold in plastic-free packaging—one more step we are taking to protect the environment.”

How to participate
Dive below the surface and take your best underwater selfie with your GoPro, or share one from a past adventure, showcasing the world you want to save so you and future generations can continue to seek adventure. Post your selfie photo or video to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter on 7 November 2020. Tag PADI and GoPro with #underwaterselfieday. A panel of judges will identify the top post based on performance and style, composition and framing, and overall creativity. The winning entry will earn $2,000 US and the recently launched GoPro HERO9 Black. Two runner-up participants will also win the GoPro HERO9 Black. This GoPro is the first to offer a 23.6MP sensor to deliver 5K video with 14.7MP frame grabs, 20MP photos, next-generation 3.0 features and more.

For official rules and to learn more, visit padi.com/underwaterselfieday.

To learn more about the community of PADI Torchbearers, visit padi.com/conservation.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Jeff chats to… Presenter, Author and Diver Miranda Krestovnikoff (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman chats to Miranda Krestovnikoff, TV and radio presenter, author and diver, about dive training for children, her fourth book -‘The Sea’- an illustrated book for kids, diving in the UK, conservation and marine animal encounters.

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


For more information, visit www.mirandak.co.uk.

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