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Sportdiving Magazine

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History of Spearfishing and Scuba Diving in Australia

Author: Tom Byron
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Discover the pioneering days of spearfishing and scuba diving, read about the sport’s early spearmen and women and the founding fathers of scuba diving in Australia. This book takes you month by month from 1917 to 1997, through the good and bad times, the discoveries, the tragedies, the undersea explorations, as well as instructor organizations, diving achievers, and a number of important events which together comprise the history of underwater diving in Australia. Within the pages of this book is a large section dealing with the Chronicle of Sport Diving, events reported as though they had recently happened, recapturing all the important occurrences that took place during 80 years since Alex Wickham first speared fish in Sydney Harbour. Special features include newspaper reports of early spearfishing, the establishment of the first spearfishing association in 1948 and the appearance of the first home-made scuba regulator. There are thrilling and sometimes tragic stories of shark attacks. A woman skin diver was lost at sea for nearly three days and nights, and survived. There is the story of Australia’s first and so far only world champion spearfisherman and that of two scuba divers who swam with a white pointer shark for half an hour in open water, yet were not attacked by the beast, the devastating deaths of four scuba divers in a sinkhole at Mt. Gambier, the rapid advance of underwater technology in Australia and much more. This is the only book of its kind dealing with the history of spearfishing and scuba diving in this country. For some, it will bring back old memories, for others a readable and authoritative history of spearfishing and scuba diving in Australia. For every diver, man or woman, it cannot fail to stir emotions as it recaptures exciting and historical events. At the end of the Second World War, a Frenchman, Michel Calluaud brought plans of the Gagnan-Cousteau regulator to Australia and he built one of the first in the world here. Australians could then use this equipment for work and pleasure and it has furthered their knowledge of life in the sea. As we push beyond the boundary of seashores and venture further under water we begin to discover many things that were once beyond our grasp and it is the aqualung that has enabled us to journey beyond the confinements of land. THE HISTORY OF SPEARFISHING AND SCUBA DIVING IN AUSTRALIA not only deals with the scuba diving, but also, as the title suggests, with a wealth of information concerning spearfishing and related underwater activities.


Islands Magazine

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Shark Research

Author: Jeffrey C Carrier
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Key features: Serves as the first single-source reference with in-depth coverage of techniques appropriate for the laboratory and field study of sharks, skates, and rays Contains chapters on a broad range of methods such as Imaging Technologies, Satellite Tracking, Stationary Underwater Video, and Population Genetic Approaches and Genomics among others Presents technologies that can be used to study other aquatic fish and marine mammals and reptiles Includes chapter authors who were pioneers in developing some of the technologies discussed in the book Concludes with a unique section on Citizen Science and its Application to Studies of Shark Biology Over the last decade, the study of shark biology has benefited from the development, refinement, and rapid expansion of novel techniques and advances in technology. These have given new insight into the fields of shark genetics, feeding, foraging, bioenergetics, imaging, age and growth, movement, migration, habitat preference, and habitat use. This pioneering book, written by experts in shark biology, examines technologies such as autonomous vehicle tracking, underwater video approaches, molecular genetics techniques, and accelerometry, among many others. Each detailed chapter offers new insights and promises for future studies of elasmobranch biology, provides an overview of appropriate uses of each technique, and can be readily extended to other aquatic fish and marine mammals and reptiles.


Rising Sun Falling Skies

Author: Jeffrey Cox
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Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese offensive in the Far East seemed unstoppable. Allied forces engaged in a futile attempt to halt their rapid advance, culminating in the massed fleet of American, British, Dutch, and Australian forces (ABDA) clashing with the Japanese at the battle of the Java Sea – the first major sea battle of World War II in the Pacific. But, in a campaign crippled by poor leadership and disastrous decisions, the Allied response was catastrophic, losing their largest warships and their tenuous toe-hold in the south Pacific within the first 72 hours of the battle. This defeat left ground troops cut off from reinforcement and supply, with obsolete equipment, no defense against endless Japanese air attacks, and with no chance of retreat. However, although command decisions were to condemn the Allies to defeat, the Allied goal was never an outright victory, simply a delaying action. Facing a relentless and thoroughly vicious enemy, the combined forces responded not by running or surrendering, but by defiantly holding on in a struggle that was as much a test of character, bravery, and determination as it was a test of arms, ultimately costing the Allies ten vessels and the lives of 2,100 brave sailors. In Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey Cox examines the events and evidence surrounding the Java Sea Campaign, reconstructing battles that in hindsight were all but hopeless and revealing where fatal mistakes and missed opportunities condemned the Allied forces in an insightful and compelling study of the largely overlooked clash in the Java Sea.


The Essentials of Deeper Sport Diving

Author: John Lippmann
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Physiological and practical considerations of scuba diving in easy-to-read format.


Clownfish Aren t So Funny

Author: Matt Weiss
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While sharks, whales, and dolphins get the attention, the real underwater drama happens in the nooks and crannies of coral reefs. Some of the coolest critters there are no bigger than a golf ball, stay hidden from plain sight, and are real killers. Featuring absolutely stunning close-up photography, Clownfish Aren't So Funny tells the compelling stories of the ocean's smaller, but still deadly, inhabitants.


Under Cape Cod Waters

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All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be copied, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means electronic, mechanical, recording or otherwise, except brief extractions for the purpose of review; no part of this publication may be sold or hired without the written permission of the publisher. Although the author and Union Park Press have taken all reasonable care in preparing this book, we make no warranty about the accuracy and completeness of its content and, to the maximum extent permitted, disclaim all liability arising from its use. Surrounded by Thousands of square miles of cold, rough water, Cape Cod is regarded as New England's crown jewel---a seaside paradise of charming main streets and long stretches of beach lined with sand dunes. Yet, despite the popularity of this iconic landmass and its generous coastline, the world beneath the Cape's waters remains largely unexplored. In Under Cape Cod Waters, award-winning photojournalist Ethan Daniels captures the mystery and importance of the often overlooked natural communities along the Cape Cod coast. The Cape's near-shore waters are both diverse and productive, making these coastal ecosystems as dynamic and prodigious as any along the Atlantic shoreline. With the trained eye of a scientist and the sensibilities of an artist, Daniels photographs the amazing and resilient life forms that play such a vital role in maintaining the health and wellbeing of this cherished peninsula. The result is a stunning portrait of a world often only seen from the surface. In the hazy, dark waters, Daniels reveals the vivid rhythms in detail: the arresting orange of a sponge, the silvery flash of fish scales, the bright blue of a crab claw. With chapters devoted to each of the Cape's aquatic ecosystems---the salt marsh, the bay, the open ocean, and freshwater ponds---Daniels at once enlightens and educates us about the treasures hidden amidst this mesmerizing seascape. At the heart of this inspiring collection is a plea to be mindful of these local marine environments. As Mother Nature, climate change, and coastal development continue to sculpt this coast, Daniels urges those who know and love Cape Cod to take the necessary steps to preserve and protect the peninsula. Under Cape Cod Waters is an unforgettable voyage into the unknown depths of these familiar waters. As a New Englander and a native to many of the coastal habitats featured in this book, I was drawn to these wonderfully familiar yet surprising images. Rarely do you get a frog's or lobster's view of their watery world and a chance to see a timeless scape that has and will hopefully continue to thrive pristinely in these uncertain times. Most importantly, the images and text not only remind us of what we luckily possess, but what is at stake if we are not wise with the exploitation of our natural resources. Read this book and you'll see why I covet this precious place and call it home.---Jeff Corwin Ethan Daniels's photographs add a wonderful new dimension to my vision of the Cape Cod I thought I knew well. Ethan has a thoughtful, playful eye that gets us looking twice and then again. This collection shows us that the Cape's magic light infuses the world below the waves.---Cary Wolinsky Who knew such visual treats lie hidden beneath the waters of Cape Cod? Ethan Daniels's artful images provide a window into a world few of us get to see for ourselves and help us treasure the Cape even more. This is a beautiful collection of photographs.---Robert Caputo


Lost Voyages

Author: Bradley Sheard
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Documents hundreds of nineteenth and twentieth century shipwrecks in and around New York's waters


The Journal of Physical Education

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