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
Get Back into Technical Diving

How To Get Back into Technical Diving

If you’ve been out of the water for a while, it’s important to brush up on your skills before you get back into technical diving.
by Yvonne Press
Dive into the Pink

Dive into the Pink Announces Second Annual Photo Competition Winners

After a fantastic response with almost 400 entries raising well over $3,000 for breast-cancer research, Dive into the Pink has announced the winners of their photo contest.
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Dive Destinations for Kids

Top Dive Destinations for Kids

There’s nothing more satisfying than introducing your kids to the underwater world and including them in your dive-trip planning. Here are our picks for the top dive destinations for kids.
by Christine Brinkley
Lombok Earthquake

Dive Community Comes Together After Lombok Earthquake

When a 6.9-magnitude tremor struck Lombok on August 5th the damage was devastating. The community is struggling to recover after the Lombok earthquake.
by Guest Author