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Scuba DivingIdentify fish via ByoGuides' 'Reef Finder'

Identify fish via ByoGuides’ ‘Reef Finder’


Ever been scuba diving and didn’t have a guidebook to figure out what kind of fish you were looking at?

Well, the folks at ByoGuides have a book you can take underwater called the “Reef Finder.”

It’s a visually driven, plain-language, ocean-literacy tool that reverse-engineers the “What is that?” question in favor of the user.

The reader can put any common reef dwelling fish or invertebrate into a “group,” and then the book gives the diver the most useful common name and visual characteristics to confirm the ID via post-dive look-up and learning using traditional topside field guides or resources.

The book uses visual logic instead of technical words and abstract concepts. The diver can search a nine-page “Visual Index” using common shapes like “spirals,” “sausages,” “threads,” “ribbons,” “fans,” and others.

The “Reef Finder” also has categories like “shapes,” “holes,” “tentacles,” and even “sediments.”

The book retails for US$36.95/33.78 Euros. For more info, check out the ByoGuides website or watch the video below.

'Reef Finder' underwater guide book
‘Reef Finder’ underwater guide book
John Liang
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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.