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Nicole Helgason

Nicole Helgason

Nicole (Nikki) Helgason is a PADI Dive Instructor with 10 years of professional dive experience. Nicole has taught scuba diving and managed dive centers around the world. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in coastal geography from the University of Victoria and is passionate about coral reefs.

Stories by Nicole
solitary corals
Conservation Marine Species

Introduction to Solitary Corals of the Indo-Pacific

Most corals are colonial animals with hundreds to thousands of tiny polyps, but solitary corals of the Indo-Pacific are a single-polyp species that lives freely on the ocean floor.

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meandering corals
Conservation Marine Species

Introduction to Meandering Corals of the Indo-Pacific

Meandering corals are often called brain corals because they form round colonies resembling brains. Learn how to tell them apart with our guide here.

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large polyp corals
Conservation Fun stuff Marine Species

Introduction to Large Polyp Corals of the Indo-Pacific

With their flowing texture and bright colors, it’s easy to mistake large polyp corals of the Indo-Pacific for soft corals. Here’s how to identify them.

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encrusting corals
Conservation In the Water Marine Species

Introduction to Encrusting Corals of the Indo-Pacific

Properly identifying coral can add another dimension to any reef dive. Today we’ll introduce encrusting corals of the Indo-Pacific and offer tips for identification.

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New stuff
nautilus

Marine Species: Nautilus

The nautilus is a living fossil, unchanged for hundreds of millions of years. Although divers see them infrequently, they are most common in the tropical western Pacific.
by Chris Vyvyan-Robinson

Nine Things You Need to Know about Sunscreen and Coral Reefs

There’s a lot of news lately about sunscreen and coral reefs. But which chemicals are problematic, and how do you know which products are safe for reefs?
by Guest Author
December dive destinations

Five Great December Dive Destinations

Don’t let winter stop you from getting in the water. Here are five great December dive destinations that shine this time of year.
by LiveAboard.com
U-701

Preserving America’s Underwater Battlefield: U-701

This year, Scuba Diver Life and NOAA are partnering to profile 12 different ships in the Graveyard of the Atlantic. This month we visit U-701.
by Rebecca Strauss