An incredible material invented at the beginning of the 20th Century, plastic has become ingrained in nearly every aspect of our lives. With over 8.3 billion tons manufactured since the 1950’s it’s difficult to imagine life without it. However, this isn’t something we have to worry about, as every piece of plastic ever made still exists today! As a photodegradable material, sunlight breaks down items into smaller and smaller pieces until they’re difficult to see by the naked eye. Depending on the item, this process can take hundreds of years, fishing line for example can take up to 650 years! …

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The humble sea cucumber is not a marine creature which gets a lot of love. Although, spend a few minutes reading up on them and you’ll discover they’re quite the creature with plenty of hidden secrets! Closely related to starfish within the group “Echinoderms”, sea cucumbers have diverged from the 5 fold symmetry of a starfish to a single, cucumber-like, body. With over 1,250 different species, sea cucumbers can be found from the shallowest of tropical lagoons to the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean. Vacuum cleaners of the ocean Ever seen links of what looks like sand poop? It’s …

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Whale shark in Oslob Philippines with Atmosphere

In my role as Atmosphere’s Marine Biologist, a common question I get asked is “the whale sharks at Oslob, should we go even though they feed them?” My previous work involved researching shark diving, shark behaviour and, as one of my favourite things to do is dive with sharks, I feel I’m in a fair position to delve into a conversation about this potentially contentious subject with our guests. There are plenty of articles online about shark diving, and the feeding of whale sharks at Oslob in particular, many of them opinion pieces which may, or may not, utilise the …

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Mission 2020 is a platform for organisations from the global dive community to come together and pledge to change their practises to help protect and conserve our oceans by World Oceans Day 2020

Here at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, we are conscious of our environmental impact and have made great strides in limiting any negative effects we may be having on the beautiful environment around us. For 2019 we have decided to challenge ourselves further and have signed up to Mission 2020. Initiated by Fourth Element, Mission 2020 is a platform for organisations from the global dive community to come together and pledge to change their practises. The goal is to help protect and conserve our oceans by World Oceans Day in 2020 (8th June). With plastic pollution as one of the biggest issues …

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christmas critters of dauin

Christmas tree worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) Aptly named to be at the top of our list, Christmas tree worms are a type of tube-building polychaete worm. Their multicoloured (and tree-like) spiral tentacles can be seen poking out of holes they’ve board into corals and are used to catch passing prey which is then passed down into their mouths. Popular with photographers, these brightly coloured underwater Christmas trees will disappear in front of our eyes should they sense anyone getting too close. Humbug dacyllus (Dascyllus aruanus) Despite it’s name, I like to think the Humbug dacyllus is a happy little fish and …

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