Wruck Diving in the Philippines

When Ben Davison first approached me about writing a blog for Undercurrent my first thought was “Great, I can write a puff piece about my organization, Seacology, for my favorite dive magazine.”  But then I channeled the voice of my friend and fellow blogger Bret Giliam saying “Duane, first write about an interesting dive adventure … Read more

A Dog’s Tale… Wagging Goodbye

Everyone is aware of the terrible tragedy that took place in Japan with a 9.0 earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami wave that obliterated entire areas of their country’s northeast coastal areas and has killed estimate 20,000 persons thus far. By a unique series of circumstances, I found myself directly in the path of the … Read more

A Blueprint for Sustainable Reefs

Anyone who has dived for a few years has noticed that the reef at their favorite locations seem to be degrading. Although typically the resorts will deny this, saying it is just increased familiarity, it is unfortunately true. We typically dive in the same location yearly, and we have photographs of the same coral formation … Read more

The Pleasure is All Ours: Thoughts on Touching Wild Animals

We experienced a very interesting incident a few weeks back during our survey of Cenderawasih National Park.  We were there to explore sites for a new dive guide to the Bird’s Head Seascape, which will include Cenderawasih, Raja Ampat and Triton Bay. Fifteen thousand-square kilometer Cenderawasih is Indonesia’s largest marine park and, for the moment, … Read more

The Great Lionfish Invasion: What Is the Threat?

As everyone in the dive world knows by now, the Caribbean has been invaded by lionfish – reef fishes indigenous to the Indo-Pacific region.  Sightings have been reported from the mid-Atlantic U.S. coast all the way to S. America and through much of the Caribbean. That much is scientific fact.  But what are the long-term … Read more