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Jill Studholme

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Edits SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011), the monthly newsletter with articles on diving and marine science. She tweets as @SCUBANews. You can find her on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+JillStudholme/.

Thailand has closed Koh Tachai, an island north of the Similans, to tourists and divers indefinitely to help it recover from excess tourists. All 17 marine national parks in the Andaman Sea will be closed from next Monday to Saturday 15 Oct during the monsoon season – that’s over 60% of coral reefs. But even after the rest re-open, Koh Tachai will remain off-limits.
Photo by Enric Sala/National Geographic A group of hammerhead sharks swims over the sandy seafloor populated with garden eels at Darwin Island. These sharks are known for their ability to make sudden and sharp turns as the unique wide-set placement of their eyes allows them a vertical 360-degree view, which is ideal for stalking their prey.

More sharks live around the Galapagos Darwin and Wolf Islands than anywhere else on the planet
Lion's Mane Jellyfish by Tim Nicholson

Jellyfish stings are responsible for more deaths than shark attacks each year. Even “mild” stings can hurt for hours or sometimes days and leave lasting scars. According to some estimates, more than 150 million people are stung by jellyfish each year. New research shows that applying hot packs or immersing in hot water is much better for treating jellyfish stings than cold water which was previously widely recommended.
North Atlantic Right Whale, Mother and Calf

Rare right whales would be harmed by planned surveys using extremely intense explosions. Companies have applied to survey as much as 90,000 miles of trackline off America's East Coast, running back and forth over the same area during the first year alone.
AUV

Submarine robots can act independently, finding and following squid.
Lion's mane jellyfish

With tentacles up to three metres long and covered with stinging cells, it's better not to get too close to the Lion's Mane jellyfish....

Noise from passing motorboats increases stress levels in young coral reef fish and reduces their ability to flee from predators - causing more than twice as many to be killed.
1st Place Macro by Jeff Milisen. Larval cusk eel with external stomach

Extraordinary blackwater photo of an eel larva, which has been photographed only a handful of times before, wins the 2015 Ocean Art Underwater Photo...
Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) by David Cook

Elephant seals improve weather forecasts by up to 6%. Real time data from tagged animals being used by UK's Met Office.
Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish are renown for their tremendous camouflage capabilities - changing the colour and texture of their skin to match their surroundings. They have another weapon in their hide and seek armoury though - electric cloaking.