The idea behind this website has only recently come to fruition, since I retired from earning a living as a marine biologist in 2013. Due to family preferences I found that I was visiting coastal holiday resorts in numerous locations around the world. I was continually surprised at the lack of information provided about the marine life in the waters immediately off the resorts I visited. The attitude seemed to be; qualify as a diver, jump on a boat and go diving at some location remote from the resort, generally at great cost to the individual guest, and, if you are interested in the marine life, buy a book! The people who want to stay at the resort, who are too young, too old, not confident or can’t be bothered with the phaff, cost, or risk of diving, but still wish to learn about the marine life, are rarely catered for.
During my working life I frequently undertook ecological surveys, using both diving and snorkelling; employing photography, habitat recording, in-situ and laboratory identification of species, all to a very tight deadline. I have been able to use these skills to rapidly record the species at each resort I have visited on holiday, so that others can appreciate them, without the need to buy books or wade through numerous internet pages. Of course if your interest grows then I would recommend that is exactly what you should do and I have added at the bottom of this page some of my favourite links and references. But in the meantime please enjoy and hopefully appreciate what you can see while Resort Snorkelling!
More on the objectives:
To clarify, this website is not designed to advise you on where to go to see the best marine life or underwater scenery. It is designed to inform you of what you should be able to see if you visit a specific resort. This is why the listed resorts are also encouraged to participate.
My belief is that there is always something interesting to see at almost any location, although I agree that the effort to reward ratio is very poor at some of the lower visibility areas! Clearly while the website is new the number of resorts will be limited, as they are those personally visited by me, but with your cooperation we can extend this to many hundreds, including, hopefully, what will be some of the best in the world.
I have added some links (that I have used) based on different types of information as follows:
You could, of course, use books! Bibliography coming soonish.
If the link doesn’t work then I’m afraid it is a cut and paste job!
Snorkelling guides, with species photos .
General photo guides to species, limited descriptions.
Specific species groups, photo guides with descriptions
Wide ranging groups of species, detailed descriptions, sometimes including distribution and photos. May be specific regions only.
Taxonomic classification info, sometimes with illustrations/photos
e-books and pdfs
Sponges of the New Caledonian Lagoon. http://horizon.documentation.ird.fr/exl-doc/pleins_textes/divers11-03/010014379.pdf
Wakatobi’s house reef. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wakatobis-house-reef/id1392300594?mt=11
Guide to the sponges of New Zealand. https://www.niwa.co.nz/static/web/MarineIdentificationGuidesandFactSheets/Splendid_Sponges_Version_2-0_2017.pdf