A mente que se abre a uma nova idéia jamais voltará ao seu tamanho original.

The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.

Albert Einstein

Quando vamos até o fundo do mar, descobrimos que ali jamais poderíamos viver sozinhos.
Então levamos mais alguém.E esta pessoa, chamada de dupla, companheiro ou simplesmente amigo, passa a ser importante para nós.Porque, além de poder salvar nossa vida, passa a compartilhar tudo que vimos e sentimos.E em duplas, passamos a ter equipes, e estas passam a ser cada vez maiores e mais unidas.

E assim entendemos que somos todos velhos amigos mesmo que não nos conheçamos.E esse elo que nos une é maior que todos os outros que já encontramos.E isso faz com que nós mais do que amigos, sejamos irmãos.Faz de nós, mergulhadores.

( Jacques Yves Cousteau)

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Cristina Zunino

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O BLOG do mergulhador é a total dedicação ao mergulhador, as notícias, os eventos, aos mergulhos e opniões dos mergulhadores.

Levando os oceanos, mares e a vida marinha até você.

Um trabalho feito ao que nós amamos.

Um BLOG , sem fins lucrativos com o objetivo de desenvolver, divulgar, promover e incentivar atividades no mergulho que possibilitem a conservação do meio ambiente e dos recursos naturais.

The BLOG is dedicated to the diver, news, events, to dives and opinions of the divers, taking the oceans, seas and marine life to you.
A work we love.
Diver's blog is a nonprofit blog with the goal of developing, disseminating, and encouraging activities in the diver world allowing the conservation of the environment and natural resources.
Cristina Zunino
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domingo, 4 de março de 2012

Florida group rebuilds vital coral reefs.

By Lan Trinh, CNN
Key Largo, Florida (CNN) --
It was more than 40 years ago, but Ken Nedimyer still remembers the first time
he went diving in the Florida Keys.
"It was just the most magical place I'd ever been to," said Nedimyer, 56.
"The coral reefs were so pretty. So many fish and so many neat things to see."
Nedimyer became a commercial fisherman and tropical fish collector,
working in the ocean nearly every day of the year. But by the mid-1980s,
he noticed a troubling trend.
Two of the region's most important corals, staghorn and elkhorn, were in drastic decline.
The corals -- tiny, stationary marine animals that make up the reefs --
were dying because of many reasons, including climate change, pollution
and overfishing, experts said.
Today, they're on the endangered species list.
"The coral reefs of the Florida Keys are the most threatened and
the heaviest-used coral reefs in the world," said Billy Causey, southeast
regional director of the National Marine Sanctuaries, an entity of the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration.

Ken Nedimyer became worried watching coral reefs decline over the years. Now he\'s doing something about it.
Ken Nedimyer became worried watching coral reefs decline over the years.
Now he's doing something about it.
Reefs are often referred to as the rainforests of the sea. They attract more
marine life than anywhere else in the ocean because of the natural shelter they provide.
But they're declining worldwide, not just in Florida, and some scientists fear
that they could all be gone by 2050.
"Coral reefs provide protection for our coastal areas, habitat for fish and
recreational opportunities for millions and millions of people," Nedimyer said.
"It's very important to protect that whole ecosystem."
Reefs also have great economic value. Many people around the world depend
on fisheries and the ocean for their livelihood. In the Florida Keys alone, more
than 50 percent of the local economy is connected to a healthy marine environment.
"If coral reefs died completely, entire economies would be disrupted," Nedimyer said.
As Nedimyer saw reefs die over the years, he became very concerned.

"It became a consuming passion (for me) to try to find ways to protect and restore coral reefs," he said.That passion led to Nedimyer starting the Coral Restoration Foundation, which has grown more than 25,000 staghorn and elkhorn corals in underwater nurseries. He and his staff of volunteers work three days a week maintaining the nurseries just off Key Largo. The nurseries cover more than an acre of the ocean floor."Ken's coral nursery is the largest in the wider Caribbean," Causey said. "It's probably 10 times larger than any others that I know of."Do you know a hero? Nominations are open for 2012 CNN HeroesNedimyer's methods for growing corals have evolved over the years, but they're all simple, easily duplicated and can be taught to anyone who can dive, he said.After the corals spend about a year growing in the nursery, they are transplanted to a reef in the wild. The goal is to get them to reproduce on their own and repopulate an area where they no longer exist.

The Coral Restoration Foundation grows corals in underwater nurseries. After about a year, the corals are taken to the wild.
"We've been able to recreate one of the biggest thickets in the Florida Keys
of staghorn coral, and that's something we can duplicate throughout the Keys
and throughout the Caribbean," Nedimyer said.
Through education and awareness, Nedimyer has built a community committed to bringing coral reefs back to the Keys. His organization often collaborates with other groups, including the NOAA and the Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation group. Nedimyer also spends a lot of time showing high school students his methods and working with them at his nurseries.
"This isn't just about me," Nedimyer emphasized. "It's about engaging a lot of people and training people, and I think it has a lot of hope."
The impact is already noticeable in areas where corals have been transplanted. Fish and other marine life are starting to come back, and Nedimyer is hopeful that in time, the Keys' ecosystem will recover.
"Most people think coral takes forever to grow, but some of these corals grow really fast," he said. "They grow fast enough that we could make a big difference in a lifetime or less."
Nedimyer's most ambitious project is just ahead. Within the next five years, the Coral Restoration Foundation plans to grow and transplant 50,000 corals in the Keys, which he says is the largest effort of its kind in Florida and the Caribbean.
"Before, I felt helpless watching corals die," Nedimyer said. "Now I think there's a way for everybody to get involved. There's hope."
Want to get involved? Check out the Coral Restoration Foundation website at and see how to help.

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FILMES :Mares e Oceanos

01- Mergulho Radical 2: o recife
02- Sharkwatwer
03- Imensidão Azul (1988)
04- A Esfera
05- O Fundo do Mar
06- O Mundo do silêncio (1956)
07- The Cave
08- O segredo do abismo
09- Expedições Fluviais
10- A Odisseia de Jacques Cousteau
11- A marcha dos pinguins
12- Homens de honra
13- Coleção Blue Planet
14- Coleção PLaneta Terra
15- A Ilha dos Golfinhos
16- Expedicao Brasil Oceanico
17- Tubarão
19- Um tesouro de amor (Fool’s Gold)
20- Lost City Raiders
21- Mergulho Fatal (2009)
22- Mar de fogo
23- Ocean Men
24- Sea Hunt (aventura submarina)
The Greater Meaning of Water