A lionfish with its venomous spines flared out

What is a Lionfish? Poisonous or Venomous: The Pirates of the Caribbean

Named for their flowing fins, lionfish have made an epic journey from their native Indo-Pacific to the Atlantic, where they now thrive as an invasive species. I met...
Illustration of a blue spotted stingray by Alex Thornton

All About the Blue Spotted Stingray

What is a Blue Spotted Ribbontail Stingray? Let me introduce to you the small but beautiful Blue Spotted Ribbontail Stingray (Taeniura lymma), or ‘blue-spotted ray’. These colourful little...
A bull ray in South Tenerife at Bufadero dive site

Guide to Bull Rays (Aetomylaeus bovinus)

What is a Bull Ray? How can I identify one? Bull rays are sting rays and thus are part of the subclass called elasmobranchii, which means that they...
Manta Rays swimming with a snorkeler

Ultimate Guide to Rays: Manta Ray vs Stingray vs Eagle Rays

Let's take a look at some rays! Manta Ray vs Stingray vs Eagle Rays. Much like siblings, they may be related but are actually pretty different in...
Bow of the Titanic. Can you scuba dive the Titanic?

Can You Scuba Dive the Titanic?

When thinking about shipwrecks and deep diving the first name that will probably pop into your head would be the RMS Titanic. Since the sinking and subsequently, the...
Plastic pollution is affecting our ocean's environment.

How Does Ocean Pollution Affect the Environment?

The health of the ocean is one of the biggest concerns we have regarding our future. Worldwide, our pollution has been making its way out to sea for...
A whale shark swimming overhead. Learn more about whale shark facts here at downtoscuba.com. Image / Peach Snaps Photography

Whale Shark Facts – The Ultimate Guide

Looking for a quick, easy-to-read fact guide to these 'gentle giants?' We have it all in our Ultimate Guide written by Anna Ortega, marine scientist extraordinaire, with...
Two spotted eagle rays gliding above

A Guide to Spotted Eagle Rays – Aetobatus narinari

We are going Batoid for Spotted Eagle Rays in this Ultimate Guide to Aetobatus narinari! Related to the manta ray and other marine batoids (rays), these stunning animals...
Lionel with a sea urchin in foot in Koh Rong, Cambodia

Sea Urchin in Foot Removal & Treatment

If you have ever ventured out into the ocean as a surfer, swimmer, or scuba diver, you have likely come across one of the many interesting species...
A lemon shark showing its nares. The nares help figure out how far away can sharks smell blood.

How Far Away Can Sharks Smell Blood

Sharks have a strong sense of smell. They have this ability thanks to their nostrils or nares, which are found beneath their snouts. The nares exist only...

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