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
In the Water Marine Species

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

Dive Site: Blue Lagoon, Padang Bai, Bali

One of the most popular dive sites in Padang Bai, Blue Lagoon offers incredible fish life and macro-hunting opportunities.
by Hélène Reynaud
Photo by [http://www.piscoweb.org/who/techs/cgotschalk.html Chris Gotschalk]

Marine Species: Basking Shark

The basking shark is the second-largest shark species in the world, and also one of the most unique. What makes it so cool?
by Chris Vyvyan-Robinson
Komodo closure

Komodo National Park Closed to Tourists – Fake News or True Story?

Recent news reports claim that Komodo National Park will close to tourists. Is this fake news or a true story? And if it’s true, how will it affect divers?
by Deborah Dickson-Smith
Green Fins Dive

Protecting the Reef with the Green Fins Dive Guide e-Course

The Reef-World Foundation has applied 10 years’ of experience with the Green Fins initiative to a free online training course: The Green Fins Dive Guide e-Course.
by Guest Author