While you may not be able to see it; life below the water is changing – in horrible ways. On a daily basis, an incredible amount of trash makes its way into the ocean, of which PLASTIC is the biggest culprit.
Plastic is toxic and takes hundreds of years to biodegrade into tiny even more poisonous pieces of microplastics. It is arguably one of the most harmful waste product that is ending up in our oceans and ultimately into the animals that live in it.
This gentle giant goes by the name of Blue, and he is a male Humpback whale.
You can find Humpback whales roaming all over the world. In the winter, they tend to be found in warm southern waters and in the summer, the whales migrate up the coast to the cold nutrient rich waters of the north. In Canada, Humpbacks can be found off the coast of British Columbia, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in June, July and August.
This is what scuba divers do in their free time: “Blue” the snow whale is making waves in northern Ontario encouraging people to think twice about their use of plastic. We even made the CTV news, stay tuned! #plasticfree #conservation #wwf #projectaware @paditv #scuba #diving #girlsthatscuba #saveourseas #ocean #scubadivingmag
Even though the closest ocean to North Bay is more than 900 kilometers away, Blue is making a splash in our city because he needs your help.
Blue dreams of a healthier and cleaner ocean, where he doesn’t need to worry about his underwater friends dying as a result of plastic. To do this, he needs everyone to pitch in.
Living way up in northern Ontario, it’s easy to be disconnected from ocean-related problems, but the sea of change starts with you;
Let’s give the whales something to sing about this year. Let’s lend the ocean a helping fin and reduce our use of plastic!
Be a sucker for ocean conservation and sustainability:
If you’re a scuba diver that wants to learn more about sustainability and scuba diving, check out our: How to be an Eco-Friendly Scuba Diver post. This post has ideas and inspiration to help make you fins a little greener.
See the CTV Northern Ontario’s Media Coverage on the snow whale:
What kinds of initiatives and products do you use on a daily basis to try and reduce your consumption of single-use plastics? Let us know in the comments below!
Writers Note: This gigantic snow-whale was created using environmentally friendly products, in the hopes of spotlighting a large global pollution problem in a fun and captivating way.
While most people were at home celebrating Mother’s Day, the North Bay Scuba Club donned dive gear and took to the water to clean up the local marina.
We all remember the viral Ice Bucket Challenge that went around social media to raise money for ALS? Well, like the Ice Bucket Challenge, the #binbagchallenge was an idea put together to raise awareness on environmental pollution and hopefully take steps towards a cleaner and better future.
It's not easy being green in a day and age where everything is plastic and waste. Let sustainability lead the way as you explore the underwater world.
Green initiatives are important and in Zihuatanejo, we had the opportunity to join forces with Zihro Plastic and Dive Zihuatanejo to lending a helping fin.
There are many ways to fight back against pollution and on Bonaire, this takes the form of scuba diving cleanups.
Do you want to try diving inside an aquarium? This unique Canadian location lets you experience scuba diving and up-close animal encounters like never before.
When it comes to getting outside and immersed in nature, Ontario Parks is at the top of the list. Not only do the parks boast magnificent nature, but it's hundreds of thousands of lakes make it a real treat for those who love the water.
Submerging into the cold waters of Deer Island is one of the best ways to appreciate the vibrant array of color the Bay of Fundy hides beneath her surface.
Sometimes finding a good dive spot is easier said than done. Shore diving around Saint John, New Brunswick is a testament to how unpredictable the Bay Fundy can be.
When diving in Nova Scotia where do you even begin? Do you start in Halifax the province's capital or do you wander beyond to see what the surrounding area has to offer?
Nova Scotia is full of cold water diving opportunities, particularly around shores of Halifax.
Saint Andrews by-the-sea may be small in size, but this summer town packs a pretty big dive punch for scuba divers willing to brave the Bay of Fundy's tides.
Do you enjoy cold water wreck diving? This dive destination will let you experience the best shipwrecks and scuba diving opportunities on the Canadian east coast.
Scuba diving 4ft neon yellow surface marker signal tube with “Diver Below” print
Reusable scuba diver tea infuser for use on loose teas. Easy to fill, empty clean and dishwasher safe. Tea infuser comes with a silicone raft drip tray.
Mini blue scuba diving tank key ring with brass pick tool and o-rings
Reef Safe SPF 30 sunscreen for protection against broad-spectrum UVA and UVB.Water-resistant for 80 minutes of swimming or activity. It contains our potent antioxidant blend of Green Tea, Tulsi, Wakame and Olive Leaf.
A 16″ x 16″ sequins blue mermaid decorative throw pillow cover. Perfect for the sofa, chair or bed. The cover does NOT come with a pillow insert.
Capture amazingly smooth shake-free video with the GoPro Karma Grip
Canon Macro Lens EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM – non Image Stabilised
Suunto Vyper Novo wrist scuba diving computer with USB
Bare drysuit drawstring scuba gear bag the perfect alternative for transporting a dry suit to-and-from the dive site
Capture amazingly smooth GoPro footage in the air with the GoPro Karma Drone
A one-piece dive hanger construction for strength and durability with non-corroding plastic resin. The hanger can support up to 20 pounds.
Bare drysuit trek boots designed for rocky shore entries, boat decks, and boat ladders
Bare Sports 5mm men’s wetsuit made with elastek full-stretch nylon-2 and neoprene celliant liner infrared technology.
Ikelite Canon EOS 100D Rebel SL1 underwater camera housing in white
Sigma MC-11 mount converter lens adapter (Sigma EF-Mount lens to sony E cameras). Essential photo kit contains Altura photo rapid-fire wrist strap, small lens pouch, cleaning kit, and microfiber lens cleaning cloth.
This new second edition of The Great Lakes Diving Guide is the most comprehensive guide ever written about exploring Great Lakes shipwrecks.
Dry glove lock system that accommodates all hand sizes
Bare 7mm thick elastek dry suit hood
DUI heavy duty dry suit gloves with yellow liners available in sizes: S, M, L, XL
Compact underwater scuba diving hand reel with a 150ft of white line on the spool
Black Mares Dragon Scuba Diving BCD
Ikelite compact ball arm for quick release handle
With marine biologist Dr. Alexander Mustard as your guide, you can learn all you need to know to explore the amazing creatures and landscapes that exist underwater.
Ikelite aluminum digital camera tray with dual handles
Flexible Lightweight Portable Tripod for Projector DSLR Cameras and Go Pro
Bare 5mm evoke women’s full suit designed by Bare’s all-female design team. The suit has technically, innovative celliant infrared technology which increase circulation, body warmth and performance.
Filled with more than 350 images from National Geographic, 100 Dives of a Lifetime provides the ultimate bucket list for ardent scuba divers and aspirational travelers alike.
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD Large Aperture Standard Zoom Lens for Canon Digital DSLR Camera + 32GB Memory Card + Photo4Less Cleaning Cloth.
The Hydra 5000 WSRU is an all in one photo and dive light with wide, spot, red, and UV modes
SHOOT 6″ Underwater Dome Port for GoPro Hero 6/Hero 5/Hero(2018) Black Camera Diving Lens Hood Housing Photography with Waterproof Case Accessories
Sony Alpha a6500 24MP mirrorless camera with a 16-50mm lens, able to shoot 4K movies.
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod and Bag with adjustable-height legs and rubber feet
Aveeno zinc oxide mineral sunscreen with SPF 50. An environmentally-friendly sunscreen that is oil-free, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and water-resistant.
GoPro dual battery charger conveniently charges two HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, or HERO camera batteries simultaneously
Suunto SK-8 wrist compass with bungee straps, faster stabilization, and enhanced readability
Black Mares Cruise Roller Tauchen bag, perfect for scuba diving and traveling
Diving lens filter kit for GoPro HERO 5/6 which enhances colors for underwater video and photography conditions
The waterproof scuba diving egg helps keep valuables dry while in the water. The egg is suitable for storing sunglasses, car keys, money and etc.
The inside diameter is 2.07″ and the inside length is 5.04″.
The Cuticate floating dry box is a waterproof sports container perfect to fit money, ID, cards, keys and more. The case is small, portable, compact, and comes with a lanyard clip hook to take with you as you scuba dive.
An elegant lead-free wine glass with a shark figurine anchored inside. The perfect gift for wine and shark lovers everywhere.
Rechargeable Ikelite NiMH battery pack compatible with Ikelite’s DS125, DS160, and DS161 strobes.
3PC curved armband glow in the dark slate.
Compact scuba diving finger spool with 150ft of white line and a 4-inch brass double-ended clip
If you’re not quite ready for the expense of big lights, this little video light goes perfectly with any GoPro setup
The Sony SEL90M28G FE 90 mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS Standard-Prime Lens for E (NEX) Cameras.
GoPro HERO6 Black Camera
Fireproof Lipo Charging Safe Bag is a medium size flame retardant bag that safeguards your batteries during charging, transit, and storage.
Size: 20cm X 15cm X 15cm
Dive hands-free with a diving flashlight glove. This torch holder has a universal adjustable wrist strap scuba and is made of superior nylon material, which means it’s durable and comfortable to wear.
Bare SB System Mens Full Under-layer
13-inch inflatable dive buoy with a 12 by 11-inch scuba diving flag surface marker
Ikelite photography strobe DS161 with NiMH rechargeable battery pack
Black scuba diving turtle fins
Ikelite underwater macro lens casing is comprised of an acetyl body with glass front and can hold lenses of 4.37 diameter x 3 inches (111 x 76 mm)
The dive guide Bonaire is a comprehensive dive guide for use by divers and snorkelers at all skill levels. It describes more than 100 dive sites along with underwater maps and stunning photographs. This all-inclusive dive guide is your handbook for endless diving and snorkeling enjoyment.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
Ikelite TTL dual flash sync cord attaches two strobe’s to the underwater camera housing.