Author: Pura Vida Divers

Labor Day Swimwear Sale

Buy One Get One 50% OFF…Labor Day Weekend Only! Stop by this weekend (Sat, Sun, Mon) to pick out super sweet swimsuits on sale. Both men’s and women’s swimwear is buy one get one half off.                 We also have an entire rack of swimwear that is 50% off!...

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International Coastal Cleanup Day 2012

Come out to Phil Foster Park on Saturday, September 15for a morning cleanup onshore and underwater!       Check-in Times:Scuba Divers 6:30amBeach Cleaners 8:00am *Meet by the playground at the picnic table.*Gloves, garbage bags, and FREE t-shirts will be provided. All of the rubbish collected will be documented on data sheets and sent off to the Ocean Conservancy to help their research on marine debris. Volunteer Coordinator:  Shana Phelan, Pura Vida Divers  Managed by the Palm Beach County Diving Association To register please contact Pura Vida Divers.         Wondering why we’re spending our Saturday picking up trash?   In south Florida, our coastal ecosystems and reefs lie adjacent to the 4 most densely populated counties in the state. Recreational use by divers, fishers, and boaters in these counties has tripled over the last 40 years. As a result, our precious marine resources are inundated with waste and constantly abused.   Marine debris is anything manmade that makes its way to the coastal and ocean environments where it becomes an immediate threat to wildlife. Approximately 80% of this marine debris originates on land as a result of mismanaged or ineffective waste disposal. Debris is often washed downstream by rivers, carelessly left behind on beaches, and abandoned by fishers, divers, and boaters.   Why is marine debris so terrible? Foreign debris in the marine ecosystem can entangle...

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Southern Stargazer (Astroscopus y-graecum)

Creature Feature: Southern Stargazer Adapted to life under the sand, the Southern Stargazer has specialized eyes, nostrils, and an upturned mouth that stick out of the sand while the rest of the fish’s body hides underground. The stargazer can be 7 to 14 inches in length and is typically found in the benthos (ocean floor).     What do they eat?  Stargazers feed on smaller fish. Relying on its camouflage, the stargazer waits for small fish to swim within in range and then rises out of the sand, swallowing the fish whole!       Habitat: Although they spend most of their life inshore, the stargazer can be found anywhere from 6 to 120 feet. They prefer sand, silt, or rock-rubble bottoms which allow them to quickly bury into the ground. With pectoral fins that act as shovels the stargazer can easily disappear into the sand.   Cool Fact: The most unique characteristic of the southern stargazer is its ability to deliver an electric shock for protection. The electrical current is produced from a specialized organ located behind the fish’s eyes. Depending on water temperature, the stargazer can deliver an electrical charge of up to 50 volts! So definitely keep your hands to yourself around these guys!                    ...

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