Dakuwaqa’s Dream – Scuba Diving in Fiji

Scuba diving in the Fiji islands in the south Pacific ocean. Underwater caves, deep blue clear water, scuba divers, sea snakes, and colorful coral reefs exploding with tropical fish and other marine life.

This footage was shot while working as video pro on board the excellent liveaboard, Nai’a (http://www.naia.com.fj/). Here is a full listing of shots and subjects:

00:28 Scuba diver at mouth of underwater cave, Lion’s Den, Wakaya Island, Fiji
00:42 Scuba divers in silhouette at E6, Bligh Water, Fiji
00:54 Scuba divers explore underwater wall at Lion’s Den, Wakaya Island
01:14 Bigeye Trevally, Caranx sexfasciatus, at “Grand Central Station, North Save-a-Tack passage, Namena Marine Reserve
01:50 Banded sea krait, Laticauda colubrina, (also known as a yellow-lipped sea krait or banded sea snake) at Jim’s Alley, Gau Island
02:42 Coral reef covered in Dendronephthya soft corals and colorful tropical fish at “Maytag”, Vatu-i-ra barrier reef
03:35 A pair of Pacific sailfin tang, Zebrasoma veliferum
04:13 Reef covered in yellow leather corals, Sarcophyton elegans, at Coral Corner, Vatu-i-ra barrier reef

My previous video, “Dakuwaqa’s Garden”, was cut fast, to the beat of the music, and contained about 100 clips in 5 minutes. This video contains just 8 of my favorite shots from that video, slowed down to 50% speed and cut much longer, accompanied by the ambient music track “Brace For Impact” by Skanoir (http://audiojungle.net/user/Skanoir).

The underwater footage was shot in high definition HDV 1080i 60i with my Sony HVR-Z1P HDV camera in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing. The footage was converted to 720p for YouTube using my high quality method:

Dakuwaqa is a shark-god from Fijian mythology. Learn about him at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEHydvbCeVg

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How to fish for- and catch Flounder

This is me fishing in foggy Nova Scotia for flounder, more specifically blackback flounder, or more commonly known as the Winter flounder. Some anglers mistaken these flounder for the Summer flounder or fluke and sometimes for even for halibut.

Flounder are clasified as ground fish. There is a 10 fish bag limit per day per person.

I didn’t use my outboard motor cause I only fish about 75-100 yrds from where I launch my boat and I if I don’t have to put it in salt water I won’t.

For some flounder fishing tips, I keep my rig simple, no need for fancy complicated rigging. I was only fishing in 10-15 ft of water right under the boat by my chum pot, so there was no need for swivels, or other fancy attractants.

Begin fishing about 2 and a half hrs into the flood tide as the fish move inshore on the flood…I have’nt ever had too much success on the ebb tide.

The bait I used was soft shell clams. I show myself digging clams and shucking clams…I use a very basic rig using only hook line and sinker in addition to the clams.

I was fishing in tidal waters, salt water, fishing coastal waters, on the ocean…Verticle Jigging live bait and the use of chum pots are my favorite way to catch flounder.

Winter flounder is sometimes called blackback, lemon sole and George’s bank flounder. It occurs in inshore and offshore waters from Labrador southward. A muddy reddish-brown, it is sometimes spotted or mottled on its eyed side, and its underside is often tinged with yellow. Inshore fishermen harvest this species with handlines, weirs, and drag trawls; offshore, the fish are harvested with otter trawls. Harvest takes place year round with peak season between June and August.
Like all flounders, winter flounder has a distinctive flat body, with both eyes on the upper (right) side. The blind underside is white, while the upperside is pigmented to match the bottom along which they feed, giving protection from predators. Once cooked, the meat is pure white, lean, boneless and flaky with a mild flavour.
Winter flounder is sold fresh and frozen as whole fish, fillets and blocks as well as fully prepared in various value-added presentations.

Winter flounder’s name derives from its tendency to move during the winter months to shallower inshore waters. It ranges from southern Labrador to the waters of South Carolina and Georgia and is most abundant from the gulf of St. Lawrence to the Chesapeake Bay. It is frequently called “blackback” when it is smaller than 3 pounds and a “lemon sole” when it is larger. Like all flat fish, the winter flounder has both eyes on one side of the head. A newly hatched flat fish larva has one eye in each side of its head but within months it adapts to a bottom dwelling lifestyle, by which time one eye has moved to the other side of the head. Unlike most other bottom dwelling fish that rest by lying on their bellies, a flat fish rests on its side. Having both eyes on one side of its head enables the flat fish to rest on the ocean’s floor while directing both eyes upward. The winter flounder is referred to as a right handed flounder because the eyes are located on its upper surface when the fish is pointing to the right. A 12″ winter flounder is about 2 to 3 years old, a 20″ winter flounder is about 9 to 10 years old. Female winter flounder grow faster than males and attain larger maximum sizes to about 8 pounds with a length of 25 inches and may live up to 15 years.

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Raja Ampat, Indonesia – Scuba diving in paradise

Raja Ampat, or Four Kings, resides at the very heart of what is sometimes called a coral triangle, referring to the tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste that contain at least 500 species of reef-building corals in each ecoregion. Raja Ampat archipelago comprises of over 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. It is a part of the newly named Papua province of Indonesia which was formerly called Irian Jaya. I had an honor of visiting this pristine environment in February 2010 onboard MV Pindito liveaboard. M/V Pindito and its amazing crew took us to dive the sites that simply took our breath away. Manta rays, wobbegong sharks, walking sharks, amazing schools of baitfish, rays, sweetlips, and abundance microlife including ever present pygmy seahorses in this one of the worlds most biodiverse areas made this trip a pure enjoyement!

Duration : 0:8:30

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fly fishing

You will feel the charm of Fly fishing for carp from this video. This is only a part of carp fly fishing . More fun awaits you.

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Scuba diving in Lanzarote

Video of 2 shore dives from Playa chica, Lanzarote Nov 2006. Ist time I’ve tried using “google earth” intro. Seahorses, nudibranches and sea hare were the dive highlights but we couldnt find any angel sharks :-(

Duration : 0:8:32

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Fishing under ice (ORIGINAL)

Some under ice views from beautiful lake Saarijärvi in Vaala, Finland

Fisherman: Eelis Rankka
Fisherman’s friend: Tommi Salminen
Boy with the balloon: Jukka Pelttari

Camera and editing: Juuso Mettälä
Manuscript by Juuso Mettälä and Eelis Rankka

Safety divers: Esa Vuoppola and Juhana Heino

Music: Stefano Mocini: The end of the doubs

Couple of things about this video:
Camera I used was Sony HDR-SR11 with Amphibico HD Elite housing.
The Wheelbarrow was saved from the bottom of the lake and I have used it many times after that.
The rubber duck and the balloon are also home with me.
None of the divers got any permanent damage either.
And yes, we had a lot of fun making this video.


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Scuba Diver Girls Snorkel the Cook Islands!!!

The girls had the opportunity to snorkel two of the Cook Islands. First they head out at 6am to do a early morning snorkel in Rarotonga and then they head over to Aitutaki and take the One Foot Island Lagoon Cruise with Bishops Cruises http://www.bishopscruises.com/cruise.htm and were literally blown away by the beauty found above and below the ocean.

Thank you to the Tourism Board of Cook Islands http://www.cookislands.travel/USA for making this trip possible.

Thank you to Aqualung http://www.aqualung.com/ for providing all the travel dive gear for this trip.

Duration : 0:3:22

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Redneck Fishing Tournament

Monster Fish: Flying Carp : SUN JUL 18 10P et/pt : http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/monster-fish/4765/Overview

One group of angry sportsmen and women have decided to fight back against invasive flying carp by holding a carp-catching competition.

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Learn How to Scuba Dive

Learn how to scuba dive with AboveBelowTours.Com and DISCOVER THE UNDERWORLD!

Our classes are taught in Taipei and Long Dong Bay near Keelung. Learn in Taiwan before going on your next dive vacation. Swim amongst schools of fish, even turtles. Take the advanced course and go as deep as 40 meters and explore shipwrecks or do a night dive. Come experience nature in the depths below with AboveBelowTours.Com

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Fishing Mississippi River Backwater Bass Fishing

This week we head to the backwaters of the Mississippi River for some jumbo largemouth bass. The midsummer bite can be awesome if you can find those drop-offs with timber on them. You can see full show at: www.HuntFishTv.com

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