Author Katt Andryskova

My journey to Scuba diving began on the Great Barrier Reef at the age of 13. Coming from the landlocked countries of Czech Republic and Switzerland never quelled my passion for the sea. As soon as I turned 18 I quickly received my Divemaster and Instructor and have been teaching ever since. In this nine year journey I witnessed many Coral Reefs suffering damage from anchors, rubbish, bleaching and algal overgrowth. This spurred me onto raising awareness about the health of our oceans and our dependence on them. Now I use my knowledge about the underwater world, love for conservation and excitement of meeting new people to promote projects.

Have you heard about the Comoros? I did not either until I accepted a job as a scuba diving instructor to work at Laka Lodge. I did not need much convincing, especially after seeing the footage of a fifteen minute old baby humpback whale calf and it’s mother. Soon enough, my family started sending me photo about my future home, but nothing on the internet quite captures the magic of this isolated destination. Where is the Comoros The Comoros are a collection of volcanic three islands north of Madagascar, rising out of the warm and teaming with life Indian sea.…

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Sharks have gotten themselves a nasty reputation from JAWS and the rare, although heavily publicised bites that happen along the coasts. Despite the amount of fear spread through out mainstream media and film, diving with sharks has grown to be an incredibly profitable industry. Just in the Bahamas, diving with sharks brings in over $113 million USD.

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Jaws has ingrained the image of a sharks many rows of teeth, gnashing and slashing through flesh, but while the film was a box office hit, the repercussions on the natural world were horrific. Prior to JAWS there was hardly any accessible documentation or films on sharks, so naturally many people believed that the giant grey and white fish was truly a man-eater. The gruesome deaths on screen have pegged sharks as notoriously bloodthirsty enemies to humans, while in reality, the label is more appropriate for humans. The view however, was not restricted to Great White Sharks, which is the…

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“Where is your favourite place in the world to dive?” Is a question I get asked on almost a daily basis. “Brisbane”. My answer generally surprises people. “Brisbane??” But yes, scuba diving in Brisbane has been the absolute best scuba diving of my life. I have dived in Thailand, Finland, Philippines, Vanuatu, Cambodia and all around Australia, but the dive sites around North Stradbroke Island surpass anything else.

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