X-Ray Mag #32
Sabah special - Reefs & Rainforests :: Pulau Lankayan - Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area - Sepilok Orangutans - Kinabatangan River - Danum Valley Conservation Area - Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai - Interview with Clement Lee :: Kids Love to Dive :: Archaeology; Underwater settlements explored in the Yucatán jungle :: Axis Mundi, the making of a film :: Drysuits; What to purchase and taking a look at the recent models and latest trends :: Photography; Tony White explains how he took that macroshot :: Review of the Poseidon/CIS-Lunar Disvcovery Closed Circuit Rebreather :: Dreamy underwater world of American artist, Jude Cowell
Main features in this issue include:
Clement Lee is the embodiment of the entrepreneurial dive industry pioneer. In this interview, we take a reminiscent look back at the challenges overcome and the awards won.
PS: When was the first time you saw and dived on Sipadan? Can you recall your first impressions and sentiments? Did you think that this could become one of the finest dive destinations on the planet?
Finding the early humans
Discovery of prehistoric remains in the Yucatan.
For centuries these openings have provided inhabitants with access to fresh water, and the inaccessibility of the deep caves beneath the openings has long beckoned the adventurous, though physical challenges limited how far they could go.
Jude Cowell Portfolio
Welcome to the dreamy underwater world of American artist, Jude Cowell, who creates fantastic botanically drawn fish portraits to inspire the imagination. Her blending of “the real with the visionary” results in artwork that immediately takes one to the magical deep. Just eyeing one of these velvety beauties, one can almost feel the current brushing through one’s hair.
X-RAY MAG: Welcome. Tell us about yourself and where you are from.
Kids Love To Dive
Reefs & Rainforests
Conservation Success Stories in Borneo’s Sabah region
Turtle eggs are regularly collected from nests dug in the sand and safely hatched under controlled conditions for reintroduction in the wild, and many other conservation programmes are now being—and will be in the future—vigorously implemented by Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area’s (SIMCA) m
Shipwreck Appreciation & Conservation
Many divers already know that you shouldn’t remove artifacts from a shipwreck. In addition to being illegal in most parts, doing so can also be dangerous.
Every diver must have their ability assessed by a provincially-accredited instructor before they can dive. This can mean a foreign diver, even a highly qualified and experienced, and/or vacationing one, having to perform a skills test in a swimming pool.
I’ve always been both somewhat envious and intrigued by what Sabah, Malaysian’s easternmost state have to offer the travelling visitor.
Upon arrival, the provincial tranquillity and smaller scale of things in Sabah instills a sense of coming to a safe and calm place, which seems to go about matters in its own time and direction, unperturbed by unrest elsewhere on the globe.
Time to dive dry?
Some of the Latest & Hottest in drysuits and undergarments
I’ve always been comfortable in the water, and happy as a puppy even under horrible weather conditions, simply because I dressed properly and warmly enough. On a frigid day, that could mean putting on a couple of extra socks, or wearing long underwear.