Cnidariapocolypse III – The Final Rapture!

© 2011 Derek Keats. Used with permission.

Cnidariapocolypse averted… whew! Photo © 2011 Derek Keats. Used with permission.

In Cnidariapocolypse II – 2Narced/2N… well 2Narced! our daring divers averted disaster for themselves but the threat to civilization lingered.

Somewhere… in the deep dark abyss… was… the monster…

…or was there?

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Cnidariapocolypse II – 2Narced/2… well 2Narced!

© 2011 Derek Keats. Used with permission.

© 2011 Derek Keats. Used with permission.

In the last exciting episode of Cnidariapocolypse our intrepid divers were confronting both the great cnidarian leviathan and the ‘rapture of the deep’.

…and let’s face it things were not looking good…

You may have been there yourself at some point; found yourself mid-dive with a buddy that just wasn’t quite all there (assuming they were normally there in the first place – divers can be a silly lot).

Problem solving underwater is a key element to safe and enjoyable diving and this is how Doug and I kept things together and survived the Cnidariapocolypse.

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Cnidariapocolypse – N2 Narcosis Saves the World – Sort Of

© 2009 Janne Hellsten. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

© 2009 Janne Hellsten. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

It happened over the course of just a few seconds. Seconds though that stretched to what felt like strands of never ending salt water taffy, long and sticky.

My dive buddy and I were coming up from a great SCUBA dive on a reef in Bonaire. At around 43′ I looked up to see a wonder. The sun was shining down through the last atmosphere and a half of our dive and those rays reflected through the fragile bell of a jelly fish. The light shone through in such a way that it seemed the creature was lit from within.

At the time I didn’t carry a camera (think… pre GoPro… or PG as I’m fairly confident we’ll refer to any date prior to the 2010 release of the GoPro Hero HD system. Just sayin’.) and so I had nothing to distract me as I lost myself in the spectacle of scintillating beauty before me.

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Why do we do that? – Mask Removal & Replacement

Why in the world do we take our masks off?

Why in the world do we take our masks off?

What would possess a SCUBA diver to take a perfectly good mask off underwater?

Why do we ask students to do it?

It all started a long time ago in an ocean far, far away (at least from Colorado)…

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