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Take an immersive dive below the waves off the Welsh coast using 360 VR: Black Bream (Watch Video)

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A week-long series from Jake Davies…

Below the waves off the Welsh coast, there are a range of species and habitats that can be seen. However, you don’t have to venture too far from the shore to see them or don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. Using 360 videos provides an immersive feeling of being below the water and encountering many species and habitats from diving one of the most important habitats and species that aren’t often seen whilst diving. For more of an experience of being below the waves, the VR videos can be viewed using a VR headset.

Take a VR dip into the blue waters off the Welsh coast with a species which are often shy with divers, the Black Bream (Spondyliosoma cantharu).

Black bream are often very wary of divers underwater, however they were curious to find out more about the VR camera. As a species, black bream are a more southerly distributed species however, over the decades with waters warming they’re distribution has increased northerly. During the summer period, they come inshore to breed and males will build nests and protect the eggs.


Follow Jake aka JD Scuba on the YouTube channel @Don’t Think Just Blog.

Jake grew up on Pen Llŷn, North Wales and from a young age, the underwater world and marine life have played a major role in his life. He's a marine biologist and an underwater videographer who aims to share the range of marine life and habitats found beneath the waves. Giovana trained as a professional dancer/actress/singer in London. She is also a personal trainer, scuba diver and L1 skydiver. Currently training to become a Stunt / SPACT performer within the film industry. Jake and Giovana enjoy traveling and being in the water where they share the trips and experiences on their YouTube channel: Don't Think Just Blog.

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Jeff chats to… filmmaker, photographer and explorer Kip Evans (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Kip Evans about his time living in an underwater habitat for 17 days, his work with with Sylvia Earle and his lecture on Marine conservation ‘Our Oceans 20 years from now’.

Award-winning film-maker, photographer, and explorer Kip Evans has led or participated in more than seventy expeditions throughout the world, including recent assignments in Antarctica, Arctic, Costa Rica, Chile, and the Galapagos Islands. As a photographer, he has worked on dozens of National Geographic Society projects since 1998, including the five-year Sustainable Seas project to explore and document the U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries. As a cinematographer, Kip’s films have been featured at film festivals around the world and he has contributed video work to all the major television networks including National Geographic, BBC and Discovery. From 2008-2020 he was the directory of photography and expeditions for Mission Blue. He was honoured as the 2017 Ocean Champion by the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival and in 2020 was selected as an Explorer’s Club Fellow.

Find out more about Kip and his work at www.kipevans.com and www.seafilms.net.


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

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Jeff chats to… Andrej A Gajic, CEO Sharklab ADRIA, about the effects of pollution on sharks, skates and rays (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Andrej A Gajic, CEO Sharklab ADRIA, about the effects of pollution on the development of disease in sharks, skates and rays.

Andrej A. Gajic  NGE, BEng (Hons.), M.Sc., Prof. biol is a proactive and awarded scientist, author, research diver, ROV pilot and documentary filmmaker with academic specialization in fish pathology, ecology and conservation – focused on sharks, skates and rays.

Photo by Fernando Caamaño, National Geographic

Andrej has more than 5 years of professional experience including National Geographic, Discovery Channel and he has published over 60 papers and two books. His current research is focused on the effects of pollution and war waste on disease development towards the mitigation of those negative effects through revitalization and long-term in-situ conservation. In the past 5 years, Andrej was the principal investigator (PI) of 15 cutting-edge regional and international projects. Over 150 media reports are covering his work including National Geographic, FOX, Disney, BBC, Discovery Channel, CNN, Al Jazeera and many more.

  • National Geographic Explorer (Shark Tales) and Early Career Leader (Washington, D.C.)
  • Discovery channel and Explorers club, “Plastic Sharks expedition leader (New York, USA)
  • Sharklab ADRIA: Center for marine and freshwater biology, General director (Sarajevo, BiH)
  • UNESCO fellow for renewable energy and sustainable development (Paris, France)

Find out more about Andrej and his work at www.andrejgajic.com.


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

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Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

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