If you are the kind who loves the ocean deeply, you surely know the pain of not being in or near the water for more than a certain period of time, after which you start to experience serious withdrawal. Long-distance relationships with the seas can be rather difficult. And looking at photographs and videos can do a great deal in lifting spirits and rekindling hope that the next reunion is not too far away. However, few things can come as close to giving us that same sense of joy and peace, as do good books about the ocean. Be it on a quiet evening at home with a hot chocolate or on the bus to work.

How many things can open up our imagination; awaken all our senses and transport us to places far away the way books can? The written word helps us paint the most vivid images in our minds while making us laugh, cry, contemplate or reminisce. In this series, we are sharing some of our favourite books (fiction and non-fiction) that teach us more about the wonders of the ocean but also beautifully put to words, all that we wish to, but usually struggle to.

Try our picks of the month and let us know your thoughts! We welcome suggestions!

Dive Site: Nemo’s Reef

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DIVE Site: Nemo's Reef DIVE PROFILE MAX DEPTH: 15-20 meters AVERAGE DEPTH: 5-8 meters BOTTOM TIME: 45 – 60 minutes About the Dive Site: Nemo's Reef Nemo’s reef. Where do we...

Dining etiquette for an Octopus | The Incredibles Showcase

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How do octopus eat their prey Dining etiquette for an octopus: Dig in with all hands! Nemo’s reef is a fantastic place to spend hours watching these animals just,be. We follow...

Dive Site: Pilot Reef

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DIVE Site: Pilot Reef DIVE PROFILE MAX DEPTH: 12 -18 - 25 meters depending on diver verification level AVERAGE DEPTH: 9-14 meters BOTTOM TIME: 45 – 60 minutes About the Dive...

Dive Site: Tribe Gate

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DIVE Site: Tribe Gate DIVE PROFILE MAX DEPTH: 12 -15 meters depending on diver certification level AVERAGE DEPTH: 5-8 meters BOTTOM TIME: 45 – 60 minutes About the Dive Site:...

The author, Chetana is a PADI divemaster and resident biologist at DIVEIndia in the Andaman Islands. She is an alumnus of the Masters program at the Wildlife Conservation Society -India program and National Center of Biological Sciences in Bengaluru. She has been diving and exploring the Andaman Islands since 2013. She is also deeply excited about forests, birds, reptiles and amphibians.