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The Night Dive: Full Moon & BIOLUMINESSANCE

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Words cannot describe how beautiful our full moon night dives are.  As the sun sets, the vibrant colours of daylight dives are reduced to an eerily calm darkness.  The ocean’s colourful fish disappear and in their place nocturnal creatures start to wake up and emerge from their hiding places. Morey eels come out of their holes and start the hunt, and can be seen swimming freely out in the open at night – it is a truly awesome sight.  Octopus also come out to play, and a night dive is your best chance to experience a close encounter with one of these beautiful creatures.

Visibility at night can be vastly impaired, with just the diver’s torches illuminating the dive site in narrow beams of light. However – when you dive during a full moon this is not the case. Earth’s bright satellite reflects light into the water providing illumination beneath the waves. We love to turn off our torches and allow our eyes to adjust, the dive site now looks like the negative of a photograph and it transforms your whole experience.

But wait. What’s that?

As you make trails with your hands you notice that the water has a certain glow to it; an after image for your negative. What is it? Plankton of course – bioluminescent plankton or phytoplankton to you marine biologists out there.  Invisible in daylight hours, these lights are caused by your movements which disturb micro-organisms called dinoflagellates – their cell membranes respond to electrical signals which allow them to create this unique illumination. The light is produced by two devilishly named twins – a pigment called luciferin and an enzyme called luciferase. Luciferin reacts with oxygen and the luciferase spreads out the reaction. Moving the water around you causes the oxygen molecules to stimulate this reaction – and the more you move the more it glows. I have spent many a night dive barely moving – just playing with natures floating fireworks display.

Do you want to share it with us? Book your full moon night dive today, we go without fail, so book today to avoid missing your chance! The night diver speciality is even better – so if you truly want to experience the Cyprus dive sites in a whole new light fill out one of our Scuba Monkey Contact forms today and get involved!! Visit www.scuba-monkey.com for more details.

Alexandra Dimitriou is a dive center owner in Agia Napa, Cyprus. She became a diver in 1992 and received her bachelor’s degree in Oceanography at Plymouth University in 2003. Her love of the ocean has always been her driving force, and this has led to the natural progression of becoming a diving instructor in 2005. She is currently a PADI staff instructor and owner at Scuba Monkey Ltd.

Dive Training Blogs

Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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Marine Life & Conservation

The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Paul Rose

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Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Paul Rose. A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced divers, field science and polar experts, Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

He is an experienced television presenter and radio broadcaster. With a proven track record in business engagements, Paul is a sought-after speaker, chairman, host and moderator for industry, government and NGO events.

Former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society(link is external) and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division, Paul is currently Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions.

He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica, for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen’s Polar Medal. For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica, he received the US Polar Medal.

Paul is a mountain and polar guide leading Greenland Icecap crossing and mountaineering expeditions and polar science support logistics. He worked for four years as a Mountain Safety consultant to the oil industry in the Middle East.

On his 2012 Greenland expedition, Paul led the first expedition to successfully traverse a new 275km icecap route of Knud Rasmussen Land and repeated his first ascent of the north face of Gunnsbjørnfjeld, the highest mountain in the Arctic.

His professional diving work includes science support diving in Antarctica as the British Antarctic Survey’s Institute Diving Officer. He ran the US Navy diver training programme at Great Lakes Naval Training Centre and trained many emergency response dive teams including the Police, Fire Department and Underwater Recovery Teams. He remains a current and active PADI Dive Instructor.

Find out more about Paul Rose at www.paulrose.org


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

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