VIDEO: Hundreds of Manatees Overtake Three Sisters Springs in Florida
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Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida, is widely known by underwater photographers and snorkelers for its resident manatees — but this week, these “mermaids” took over the marine sanctuary by storm.

According to USA Today, roughly 300 manatees huddled together in Three Sisters Springs on Monday. This massive aggregation resulted in a one-acre closure of the springs, USA Today reported, but the area has since been reopened until the manatees return during the next tidal change.

A migratory species, West Indian Manatees spend the winter months in shallow, slow-moving, Florida waters — including estuaries, canals, rivers and coastal areas — and they are known to travel to Three Sisters Springs annually during high tides.
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On Jan. 7, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal for a change in classification of the West Indian Manatee from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. According to the FWS website, this classification “will not affect federal protections currently afforded by the ESA,” and said that conservation efforts to fully recover manatee populations will continue.

“It is probably safe to say that Florida’s manatee population is in recovery,” says Miles Saunders, Media Relations and Marketing Specialist for Visit Citrus. “Last year’s statewide synoptic survey reported 6,063 manatees in Florida. Contrast that to the first year of that survey in 1991 when there were 1,267. This January, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Joyce Kleen reported 1,042 manatees in Kings Bay and the Homosassa River alone.”

Though this is not the largest manatee aggregation recorded in Three Sisters, 2016 has been a record-breaking one for manatee populations in Citrus County and King’s Bay. After an aerial survey by Crystal River Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 12, refuge biologist Joyce Kleen reported an all-time record of 1,042 manatees across a survey route spanning from the Crystal River Power Plant to Blue Waters in Homosassa. The previous record was 1,016 manatees in February 2015.
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VIDEO: Divers Rescue Entangled Manta Ray

Manta Rescue

It’s amazing what divers can do to save marine life — and what life-changing experiences come with it! This video was shot by Thomaz Monteiro and Flavia Passaglia during a dive trip in Bat Islands, Costa Rica. This manta ray was entangled by a fishing net and approached the divers. Brian Thompson is shown gently cutting the manta free from the net, allowing the creature to “live with no pain.”

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Crazy Underwater Video of Diver with 10 Bull Sharks

Video of Diving with 10 Bull Sharks! – Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Give Respect, Get Respect

Filmed by Thomaz Monteiro in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, this amazing video documents a team of divers dedicated to shark protection in the water with 10 bull sharks.

“Sharks have increasingly been victims of illegal fishing and bad publicity from the press. The idea of the film is to show that bull sharks are not killers, but majestic animals that respond well to the presence of humans — we just need respect them,” Monteiro says of this piece.

To see more videos from Monteiro, check out his YouTube channel here!

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You Make It Possible

Thanks to your support, Project AWARE had a successful year in 2015 and is looking forward to 2016! Here’s what they’ve accomplished together with divers and dive leaders over the last year. Check out the infographic below to see your support … Continue reading

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The Dacor Scuba Reg Behind Darth Vader’s Breathing

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A Dacor scuba reg was used to create Darth Vader’s heavy breathing.

Even Star Wars nonfans (really????) know the sound. It is the heavy breathing that sets apart the iconic villain Dart…

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