To snoot or not to snoot? That is the question. The more important question is – what is a snoot? Many of you have seen this word floating around on the internet, either with my photographs or many other photographs that are popping up on underwater photography groups, but what exactly is it, and why is using a snoot so popular? Snoots come in many shapes and sizes. You can even make a homemade one using funnels and tubes for a few dollars. Some have bendable arms that rely on a bundle of fiber optic cables for light transmission, but …

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Although frogfish are relatively well known critters to divers in the Indo-Pacific, photographers, and muck divers, that has not always been the case. Stories of frogfish and their accompanying drawings and sketches have existed for hundreds of years, with encounters spanning the globe. The first ever documented frogfish encounter comes from Brazil. At some point before 1630, a drawing was given to the director of the Dutch West India Company. A woodcut was made from this drawing, and that woodcut was published in 1633. The first documented frogfish from the Indo-Pacific was in 1696. A ship captain in Western Australia …

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Have you seen our incredible back drop here at Atmosphere Resorts? Mount Talinis is a dormant volcano and lush jungle blankets the mountain. Jungle scattered with beautiful rivers and waterfalls just waiting to be discovered. Another reason to explore the mountain is the possibility of coming across natural hot springs which are rich in minerals and heated by the volcanic geothermal activity. Some of these springs are pushed to the surface by underground pressure and therefore provide a luxurious and healing bath for passers by. Why is it good for your health? The healing powers of hot springs have been used …

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Our generation has become accustomed to crazy lifestyle routines and our body often gets neglected. We all want to give 100% in our work, while trying to maintain the work life balance of letting our hair down and having a few cocktails on the weekend. A full body cleanse is a great option to hit the reset button and fully rejuvenate, giving it the TLC it deserves. Toxins can enter our body a number of ways, whether it’s through direct contact with harmful substances even just through stress, lack of sleep or poor diet. There are many benefits to detox …

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Crazy Crabs

Muck diving has a lot of weird and wonderful critters, but my favorite critters (besides frogfish) are the ones that really go above and beyond when it comes to taking advantage of the environment. Its one thing to change color or simply look like your surroundings, but there are a few crazy crabs I want to highlight that really get their money’s worth from the environment. There are many species of crabs, including hermit crabs, that utilize their environment as camouflage. They don’t just blend in with their surroundings, they become their surroundings. They will remove plant material, hydroids, anemones, …

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