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Scientists predict huge ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

A near record-size “dead zone” of oxygen-starved water could form in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, threatening its huge stocks of marine life, researchers said.

The area could spread over 8,700 square miles, scientists at Louisiana State University said Monday. That’s about the size of the state of Massachusetts. It’s also well above the five-year average of 5,770 square miles.

Experts blamed unusually high rainfall across the Midwest this spring that washed farm fertilizers along streams and rivers through the Mississippi River basin into the gulf.

The nutrients in the fertilizers feed algae that die, decompose and deplete the water of oxygen, the Louisiana scientists said.

“When the oxygen is below two parts per million, any shrimp, crabs and fish that can swim awa...

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Conservation Groups Sue Trump Administration to Protect the Gulf of Mexico Whale

Bryde's Whale is an endangered species

Conservation groups sued several Federal agencies today, after the Administration missed deadlines to list the Gulf of Mexico whale, a subspecies of the Bryde’s whale, as an endangered species. The Gulf of Mexico whale is one of the most endangered species on the planet, with fewer than fifty whales left.

“The Trump administration’s policies target the Gulf of Mexico whale for extinction,” said Zak Smith, senior attorney with the Marine Mammal Protection Project at NRDC. “Every day these animals go unprotected from oil and gas development and other threats, we come that much closer to wiping them out. And when we lose them, we lose an important part of the Gulf’s unique natural heritage.”

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), along with Healthy Gulf, formerly Gul...

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Salty Endeavors

Even if you have never enjoyed Cozumel SCUBA diving before our experienced staff in ready to prepare you for your first underwater experience. Within hours of your arrival we’ll have you swimming with the fishes and enjoying the best of Cozumel SCUBA diving. No experience necessary!

The day begins in our training pool and after you learn a  few skills, familiarize yourself with your equipment, and take your first underwater breathes, you’ll be ready for some Cozumel SCUBA diving. By the end of the afternoon you’ll have completed your first two ocean dives and no doubt will be a SCUBA addict for life!

Small Groups

Ideal for our certified divers and students alike, we have a maximum of six divers plus staff on our boat...

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Sponges and Algae ‘waging War on Caribbean Coral’

corals and sponges

Joseph Pawlik, a leading sponge maven from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, is convinced that the sponges and algae of the Caribbean’s coral reef system are suffocating the coral as they steadily encroach upon increasing real estate across the reefs. Sun-soaked algae produce a surplus of sugar, which is excreted into the surrounding water column. Sponges, in turn, crave this sugar surplus, excreting excess nitrogen, which feeds the sprawling algae. In this way, Pawlik claims the two culprits collude to become an unstoppable force in what he has called “the rise of the sponges.”

Not all concur that the sponge apocalypse is near, however. Sponges do continue to play a vital role in filtering water and providing nutrients to a wide array of animals...

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Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’

Whale in the Galapagos

Mexico’s government has created the largest ocean reserve in North America around a Pacific archipelago regarded as its crown jewel. The measures will help ensure the conservation of marine creatures including whales, giant rays and turtles. The protection zone spans 57,000 sq miles (150,000 sq km) around the Revillagigedo islands, which lie 242 miles (390 km) south-west of the Baja California peninsula.

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, announced the decision in a decree that also bans mining and the construction of new hotels on the islands.

He said on Saturday that the decree reaffirmed the country’s “commitment to the preservation of the heritage of Mexico and the world”.

The four volcanic islands that make up the Revillagigedo archipelago, called the Galapagos of No...

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Hurricane Harvey Runoff Threatens Mexico Reefs

The Gulf of Mexico

As if the devastation in Texas wasn’t enough, Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath has also brought a real threat to the Gulf of Mexico. A massive freshwater plume has poured runoff into the Gulf, temporarily altering the surrounding water’s salinity – and threatening coral reefs.

Harvey dumped some 20 trillion gallons of rain on the Lone Star State, and that record rainfall had to go somewhere. That somewhere is the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists estimate an incredible 13 trillion gallons entered the Gulf in the days immediately following the storm.

The possible negative effects of that much freshwater entering the saltwater ecosystem became apparent on September 28...

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Pro Dive Mexico

Playa beach front

Riviera Maya & Cozumel – a must on your Adventure Bucket List! With over 3,000 cenotes and the largest natural barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, we challenge you to take the plunge into 3,000 years of Mayan civilization, Mesoamerican Pre-Columbian culture and hidden underwater worlds!

Join Pro Dive Mexico to explore beautiful reefs in their stunning marine environment, colorful coral formations and an amazing variety of marine life. Descend the deep walls of the Cozumel Marine Park, enjoy wreck, night, turtleand technical diving. Experience the clear and mystic waters of an ancient Mayan cenote, and encounter big fish like Bull Sharks, Sailfish & Whale Shark!

NEW! Encounter great white sharks at Guadalupe, dive with giant mantas, schools of sharks, dolphins and humpb...

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Scuba Cancun

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Scuba Cancun is a medium size, family run dive operation based in Cancun that has over 32 years of experience providing divers with fun, safe, and unforgettable experiences scuba diving in Cancun, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya. Scuba Cancun is the oldest running dive center in Cancun and the Riviera Maya and prides itself on its excellent service and attention that result in repeat customers year after year.

Our dive shop was founded by Captain Luis Hurtado who recently celebrated his 60th anniversary in commercial, military and sport scuba diving. He is the first scuba instructor to teach Scuba Diving in Cancun and still looks forward to providing each and every guest with a memorable diving experience.

The scuba diving in Cancun is fantastic because of its wide variety...

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Alux Divers

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AluxDiver(s) specializes in cavern and cave diving tours in cenotes throughout the Riviera Maya (Playa del Carmen, Puerto aventuras, Akumal and the Tulum area).

We ‘ve been operating for almost a decade now and have been blessed by being able to live from our passion, thanks to our wonderful clients who keep coming back and always have a good word for us… so Thank You!!!

My name is Alex, I’m a cave diver and an advanced EANx (enriched air Nitrox) instructor IANTD. I have been diving almost everyday for the last decade this amazing and unique underground river system. I‘m passionate about what I do and I feel really lucky to be able to do this for living. I don’t see myself doing anything else than exploring and growing as a diver...

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