March 2011

These 2- to 3-m-tall orange-colored, black coral trees (Leiopathes cf. glabberima) growing near Viosca Knoll in the Gulf of Mexico are among the oldest living organisms on Earth.

2,000 Year-old Deep-sea Black Corals call Gulf of Mexico Home

“The fact that the animals live continuously for thousands of years amazes me,” said Dr. Nancy Prouty of the U.S. Geological Survey Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, who analyzed the coral samples that were collected by the USGS and colleagues as part of several ongoing deep-sea coral ecosystem studies between 2003 and 2009. “Despite living at 300 meters and deeper, these animals are sensitive to what is going on in the surface ocean because they are feeding on organic matter that rapidly sinks to the sea floor.

Miflex Xtreme Diving Hoses

Miflex Xtreme Diving Hoses

They recently launched two new eye-catching cool colours - a vivid red and a bright white. Both colours were added following customer requests and are already being snapped up by divers across the world. The red colour has proved especially popular with drysuited divers. Perhaps it is because it's so much easier to see a Miflex Xtreme red hose during vital buddy checks, as well as being a more obvious way to locate a red drysuit inflator hose in a surface rescue situation.

Cayman Islands —A guided tour with Cathy Church

When people ask me where my favorite dive spots in the entire world are, I have to stop and give it some serious thought. I like Fiji for soft corals, Chuuk for wrecks, Indonesia for critters, the Solomon Islands for an all-around trip and the U.S. west coast for kelp. But I usually reply that I like wherever I am going next, and that often includes right here in the Cayman Islands where I have the good fortune to live.

Sayaka Kajita Ganz

"My working process is reminiscent of my experiences growing up in several different countries, of being disconnected from the place I was born. Then, I began searching for a new community where I truly belong," said Ganz. "I find discarded objects from peoples’ houses and give them a second life, a new home."