Author

Jessica Macdonald

Writer

Originally from England, I first learned to dive so that I could go cage diving with great whites off Guadalupe Island, Mexico, in 2008. From that first shark encounter onwards, I have been utterly hooked on the underwater world, and particularly on the issue of shark conservation. Whilst studying for my degree in London, I worked at London Aquarium, before going to Mozambique to research whale sharks off Tofo. I completed my PADI Instructor’s course while living in South Africa, and spent nine months teaching and guiding on Aliwal Shoal, where I set up a tiger shark ID project and began writing for the conservation organisation Shark Angels. After a seven month trip teaching around South East Asia, I'm heading back to Africa to explore the incredible dive sites of Tanzania.

Stories by Jessica
deepest diving animals
Marine Species In the Water

Top Five Deepest Diving Animals

As divers, we spend a lot of time thinking about depth. But how deep can nature’s deepest diving animals go? The answer will amaze you.

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polar climate change
Conservation In the Water

Five Marine Species Threatened by Polar Climate Change

The effects of global warming are visible everywhere, but perhaps nowhere more so than in the Arctic and Antarctica. Here are five marine species threatened by polar climate change.

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Amazon Reef
Conservation In the Water

Oil Drilling Threatens Recently Discovered Amazon Reef

In late January, the world saw the first photographs of a stunning new coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon River. Sadly, oil drilling already threatens it.

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Marine Conservation
Conservation In the Water

Marine Conservation in an Urban Environment

Often we associate marine-conservation projects with remote parts of the world. But in reality, some of the most important marine-conservation programs take place in an urban environment.

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New stuff
frogfish

Marine Species: Frogfish

A diver and photographer favorite, frogfish have a reputation of being hard to find. What’s the best way to spot one of these distinctive fish on a dive?
by Hélène Reynaud
Dive Safety Equipment

Top Five Pieces of Dive Safety Equipment

These top five pieces of dive safety equipment can help make your dives more comfortable, stress-free and, potentially, save the day.
by Marcus Knight
Wakatobi Dive Resort

Reef Protection Comes First at Wakatobi Dive Resort

Wakatobi Dive Resort is a legendary destination for most divers. Today we’ll chat with Lorenz Mäder, founder of Wakatobi, to find out what makes it so special.
by Guest Author
F/V Patriot

NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Shipwrecks: F/V Patriot

National marine sanctuaries protect some of the most spectacular ocean and Great Lakes resources in the United States, including shipwrecks like the F/V Patriot.
by Guest Author