Fish living in deep waters on the continental slope around the UK play an important role carrying carbon from the surface to the seafloor. It has been assumed that deep water fishes all depend on particles that fall from the surface for their energy. These bottom-living deep water fishes never come to the surface and […]
British travel companies Thomson and First Choice have cancelled all flights to Mombasa until October after the UK Foreign Office warned against all but essential travel to Mombasa island, Kiwayu, coastal areas north of Pate Island and other areas of Kenya, citing a high threat from terrorism and kidnapping. The Diani beach resort and Moi […]
Divers visiting Thailand can now re-enter the county as often as they like. The Thai government has relaxed the rules which limited tourists to staying a maximum of 90 days in a six-month period. Visitors entering Thailand via border posts at Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia without securing a prior visa will now be granted […]
Students win $1000 to advance their process by which oxygen and nitrogen can be harnessed in solid form and used by SCUBA divers.
Divers monitor reef shark numbers as accurately, and cheaper, than automated tracking tools, a study suggests. Shark populations are thought to be declining globally, but a quick search of the IUCN’s Red List shows that for 67% of shark species the population trend is unknown. It’s difficult to monitor shark numbers due in part to […]
The number of UK diving incidents falls to lowest level in 21 years. Even so, there were 136 incidents in 2013, including 10 fatalities.
Following another fatal shark attack in Australia, new research finds little support for the shark cull. A survey of 583 aquarium visitors asked people how they thought the Government should respond to shark bites and found that despite the public’s fears, 87 per cent favoured non-lethal responses. Only four per cent of those surveyed supported […]
Closing a hole in the heart (a pfo) reduces the risk of decompression sickness by eliminating bubbles in the arteries after a dive
Over 42,000 turtles are legally killed each year, 80% of them endangered green turtles (Chelonia mydas), a study suggests. British scientists investigated which countries allowed turtles to be killed, and how many of each species died, the Diversity and Distributions Journal reported. Ten countries account for more than 90% of the catch, with Papua New […]
Numbering just 500, the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) is one of the rarest animals in the world. The whales have been hunted nearly to extinction. Now protected, their biggest threats are being hit by ships and entanglement in fishing gear. With no progress in reducing entanglement deaths, reducing ship collisions has become even […]