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Bantin's Blog - Drift Diving

November 21, 2014

Strong currents can be a delight if you know that your boat will come to pick you up after you surface. You bowl along effortlessly and the scenery rolls on by. You can get to cover a lot of ground. You will travel three nautical miles in a three-knot current, in one hour! It’s important to keep together with your buddy when you first submerge and stay together during the dive. Even in gin-clear water, the visibility is such that you can easily get separated. Although you may be only 30 metres apart, you’ll be unable to see each other. If one diver stops for a moment, either finning back into the current to look at something, or hanging about...

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Bantin's Blog - Hazardous Marine Life?

November 14, 2014

So what about the sharks? Everything eats everything else in the ocean and yet, because the marine life has evolved over millions of years, the last-minute arrival of man on the scene, in evolutionary terms, has left us off the menu. The fact is, marine animals don’t know what to make of us. Keep still and they treat us as part of the scenery. Breathe out a lot of bubbles and they find that discretion is the better part of valor and beat a hasty retreat. The bigger the animal the more cautious it seems to be. That’s how it managed to survive so long and got to be big in this eat-or-be-eaten world. However, there is still plenty to...

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