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Striking one off of the bucket list

This past week we were lucky enough to take George diving. He is a T-10 paraplegic that has always wanted to scuba dive and with our new center located in the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, we have a fully accessible class, center and dive boat. With our adaptive teaching program, and adaptive teaching instructor [...]

Animals in Captivity …?

While checking the news this morning I stumbled upon an article about one of the Killer Whales that is being kept in captivity at SeaWorld. Here is the article Tilikum . I started doing some research on keeping these amazing creatures in tanks. The studies don't seem to good for the whales, and a main example is [...]

Boxfish

The oceans are home to thousands of creatures of all shapes, sizes, and colours. One small, but magnificent creature is the boxfish. As the name suggests, they are shaped like boxes and are generally 2-18 inches in length depending on age. They are poisonous and when threatened secrete proteins from their skin called "ostracitoxin" which [...]

Mantas!

I've found this really awesome site about Manta Rays. I'm generally more interested in the small creatures of the world, however, sometimes it's nice to pay some attention to the big creatures of the sea. I've pulled some information from the website for you here, however if you are interested in learning more, please go to [...]

Moray Eels

The other day I went for some fun dives to take some footage to share with everyone. It's been my good fortune that I can't seem to win the battle with the technology needed to share those images with you. I haven't given up yet but wanted to share something with you in the mean [...]

Interesting Facts on Parrotfish!

Parrotfish: Scaridae Size: two and one half foot (bumped) to the one foot (loose tooth) Swim using pectoral fins,  very similar to wrasses   Feeding: They use powerful jaws (beaks); where they get the name "parrot"fish from Their beaks are used to scrape algae and coral polyps from hard substrates They digest the polyps which [...]

Interesting Facts About the Mantis Shrimp

    Odontodactylus scyllarus Actually not a shrimp more of crustacean similar to a shrimp Length: 10cm-33cm 450 different species of mantis shrimp Habitat: Tropical and subtropical oceans in the Indian and Pacific ocean. Stay hidden in holes and burrows, exit to feed and relocate Diet: Hunt prey which include: fish, crabs, worms and other [...]

Visual Inspection Courses now available at Oceans Unlimited

Great news here at Oceans Unlimited in Costa Rica. We are now able to offer certification in cylinder visual inspection. With our years of experience in all manner of scuba equipment servicing and maintenance we are thrilled to be able to add the CTS certification to our repetoire of courses. This one day course is [...]

Cetacean Populations in Costa Rica

    Some people are fortunate enough to get the chance to see cetaceans in Costa Rica. The question is, what can we do to make cetacean spotting’s more frequent? Let us begin with some basic facts.   So what is a Cetacean?   A major group of marine mammals: dolphins, porpoises, and whales   [...]

Our Costa Rican Octopus.

If you’re lucky enough, you may spot an octopus in an underwater den, beneath a rock, or inside a crevice on the sea floor of the Manuel Antonio National Park. They’re beautiful, and so exotic— and seem to be the alien prototype. Between the 8 legs, suction cups, changing colors, and bird-beak. They’re weird. So in order [...]