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Enraptured or Anxious? - You're Narked, 09/2017
Enraptured or anxious? Nitrogen narcosis can be very serious but it affects different divers in different ways and at different depths. We take a look at the subject, asking readers for their experiences getting 'narked' or witnessing others experience 'the rapture of the deep'. It's free-to-read in this month's Undercurrent.org. ...   Read more >>

Keep Goliath Groupers for Divers, 09/2017
Goliath grouper are iconic fish among divers but they might be under threat in Florida. We tell what you can do to help protect them from being fished out, in a free-to-read story - in Undercurrent.org. ...   Read more >>

Editor's Pick of the month

Muck Diving Muck Diving
by Nigel Marsh

Muck diving has become a global phenomenon. The critter identification guide has become almost as essential at dive resorts and on dive boats as the compressor that fills our tanks. Worthy as most of these invertebrate ID guides are, they can be something of a dry read and not set aside for bedside reading. That's not something one would say of Muck Diving - a Diver's Guide to the Wonderful World of Critters by Nigel Marsh.

Muck Diving is more than an identification guide. The author explores different muck environments, the history of muck diving, simple yet successful diving and photo techniques and the indispensability of a good local guide.

The second part of the book provides information about most of the critters you are likely to encounter, while the third part deals with the best places to find them. It's a great read -- 352 pages packed with pictures and information, and enclosed in a water-repellent cover! Finally, the book includes a comprehensive list of dive operations specializing in muck diving. It costs $19.99 through Amazon.

Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the reefs.

Tropical Ice Tropical Ice
by Ben Davison (KL Smith)

Written by Undercurrent's publisher Ben Davison (writing as KL Smith) and set in Belize, Tropical Ice is a story of shark-finning and reef-raping, murder and politics, on an industrial scale, with plenty of diving. You'll sense a creature's eyes on a night dive, feel the sandpaper skin of a shark on your bare back, and taste the sweat dripping off your eyebrows as you push through the underbrush on Snapper Caye.

It all takes place at Cap'n Jack's Rum Caye Dive Resort, where Jack's trying to save his failing resort with shark-feeding dives, until a body turns up in the damnedest place. You'll flip pages through surprising twists and turns that keep you glued to the text, all the way to the surprising events at the end. I sure didn't see them coming.

Tropical Ice is available online from Amazon in paperback ($13) or Kindle, and in bookstores. You can order a signed copy for $19 (proceeds go to reef conservation).

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Nautilus Explorer Report in Mexico (Western)/Guadalupe Island
"Nautilus Explorer Guadalupe Island Great Whites"
filed Sep 18, 2017 by Jason P (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 4 reports, Reviewer )
4 stars

I had been wanting to do the cage diving with Great Whites for a long time, but either felt it was too expensive, too short or too much... ... Read more


MV Sea Escape Report in Mexico (Western)/Guadalupe Island
"Great Whites at Guadalupe"
filed Sep 16, 2017 by Mark Tarczynski (Experience: Over 1000 dives)
3 stars

The Good: Lots of Great White Sharks (the only thing that really mattered). Food was edible. Crew was helpful and the Divemaster, Ben... ... Read more


NAD- Lembeh Report in Indonesia/Lembeh Straits
"Wonderful for muck diving"
filed Sep 16, 2017 by Pec Indman (Experience: 251-500 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
5 stars

I came to NAD Lembeh for an underwater photo course with the Underwater Tribe. The course was fantastic. The resort was too. The roo... ... Read more


NAD- Lembeh Report in Indonesia/Lembeh Straits
"Wonderful for muck diving"
filed Sep 16, 2017 by Pec Indman (Experience: 251-500 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
5 stars

I came to NAD Lembeh for an underwater photo course with the Underwater Tribe. The course was fantastic. The resort was too. The roo... ... Read more


Indigo Divers/Plantana Condos, 7 Mile Beach Report in Cayman Islands
"Indigo Divers, Grand Cayman Concierge Diving at its BEST!!"
filed Sep 15, 2017 by Jeffrey Neufeld (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 2 reports)
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We have been diving with Indigo Divers for seven years now - 4 times a year! For my wife and I, it wouldn't be Grand Cayman without div... ... Read more


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Undercurrent subscribers can now download the 2017 Chapbook with over 600 reports on liveaboards/dive resorts worldwide, or have it emailed to you, here. Additionally subscribers can generate their own Mini Chapbooks here -- non-subscribers can also do this here.

Read these free articles from past issues:

A Hidden Killer in Our Midst, 08/17
Tropical Ice, in paperback, 08/17
Those Internet-Based Dive Travel Websites, 07/17
Why Don't Some Divers Drop Weights in an Emergency?, 06/17
Fire Aboard a Red Sea Liveaboard, 06/17
Aldora Divers, Cozumel, Mexico, 05/17
The Pros and Cons of Shark-Feeding Dives, 04/17
Papua Explorers, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, 03/17
Would You Opt For In-Water Recompression?, 02/17
Eight-Hour Ordeal for Shark Attack Victim, Craig DeWit, 02/17
Would You Opt For In-Water Recompression?, 01/17
Diver Safety - It's Not Sexy!, 11/16
Assigned a Bad Buddy?, 11/16
Two Groups of Divers Lost Within a Week, 10/16
Find Yourself in Deep Trouble?, 09/16
Scuba, the Sport of Grandparents!, 08/16
The Failure to Understand Your Computer, 08/16
Your Dive Travel Agent and Frequent Flyer Miles, 08/16
Flotsam & Jetsam, 07/16
A Tragically Glamorous Underwater Shoot, 07/16
Snorkels: Love 'em or Hate 'em?, 06/16
Fish & Fins, Palau Aggressor, Micronesia, 05/16
Want to Dive Cuba? How Americans Do It, 04/16
That Deep Stop Option on Your Computer, 04/16
A Death Attributed to Rental Gear, 03/16
Travel Agent or the Internet? Part I, 02/16
The Shortcomings of Winged BCs, 01/16
Class Action on Faulty Suunto Computers Continues, 01/16
The Skinny on No-See-Ums, 9/07

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