SCUBA News https://news.scubatravel.co.uk Fri, 27 Nov 2020 11:08:02 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/cropped-faviconbig-1-1-32x32.png SCUBA News https://news.scubatravel.co.uk 32 32 Underwater use beckons for   “neuromorphic”   cameras https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/underwater-neuromorphic-cameras.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/underwater-neuromorphic-cameras.html#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 10:58:38 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7472 For environmental monitoring, distributed early warning systems, high speed object detection and marine pollution detection.

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World’s deepest swimming pool opens to divers https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/worlds-deepest-swimming-pool-opens-in-poland.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/worlds-deepest-swimming-pool-opens-in-poland.html#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 16:58:02 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7467 “Deepspot” has opened for divers for the first time. At 45 m, it is deeper than the previous record holder in Italy – which has a depth of 42 m, and 12 m deeper than Nemo 33 in Belgium. The pool is in the town of Msxczonow, around 40 km southwest of Warsaw. It even […]

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Creature of the Month: Oceanic Whitetip Shark – Carcharhinus longimanus https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/creature-of-the-month-oceanic-whitetip-shark-carcharhinus-longimanus.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/creature-of-the-month-oceanic-whitetip-shark-carcharhinus-longimanus.html#respond Sun, 22 Nov 2020 15:40:00 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7464 Diving with Oceanic Whitetips The glorious oceanic whitetip sharks spend a lot of time in shallow water, tend to swim slowly and are very curious. All of these mean that divers can get superb closeup view of them. They are easy to distinguish from the reef whitetip by their more substantial bodies, the pilot fish […]

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Remotest islands in the world to be a massive marine reserve https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/remotest-islands-world-massive-marine-reserve.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/remotest-islands-world-massive-marine-reserve.html#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:23:53 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7454 Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited islands in the world, is creating the fourth largest marine reserve on the planet. The reserve will cover 699 km2 in the south Atlantic Ocean and will protect tuna, tens of millions of sea birds, 90% of the world’s south atlantic fur seals, 80% of northern rockhopper penguins, […]

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What if underwater robots could dock mid-mission to recharge and transfer data? https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/what-if-underwater-robots-could-dock-mid-mission-to-recharge-and-transfer-data.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/what-if-underwater-robots-could-dock-mid-mission-to-recharge-and-transfer-data.html#respond Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:44:11 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7436 Robots can be amazing tools for environmental studies, but eventually they must return to a base to recharge their batteries and upload their data. That can be a challenge if the robot is an autonomous underwater vehicle exploring deep ocean waters. Now, a Purdue University team has created a mobile docking system for AUVs, enabling the […]

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Tumble drying your clothes damages sea life https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/laundry-lint-damages-sea-life.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/laundry-lint-damages-sea-life.html#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2020 15:38:28 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7400 Tumble drying in a washing machine releases microplastic fibres as “laundry lint” which damages the gills, liver and DNA of marine species, according to new research. Scientists at the University of Plymouth exposed the Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis), found in various locations across the world, to differing quantities of tumble dryer lint. They demonstrated that […]

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Sound waves show warming oceans https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/sound-waves-show-warming-oceans.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/sound-waves-show-warming-oceans.html#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2020 20:04:06 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7393 Ocean warming could be 69 percent greater than has previously been believed.  95 percent of the extra heat trapped on Earth by greenhouse gases is held in the world’s oceans. For that reason, monitoring the temperature of ocean waters has been a priority for climate scientists, and Caltech researchers have discovered that seismic rumblings on […]

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Enter the Ocean Art 2020 underwater photography competition https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/ocean-art-2020-underwater-photography-competition-now-open.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/ocean-art-2020-underwater-photography-competition-now-open.html#respond Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:09:42 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7375 From now to 30 November 2020 you can submit your images to the prestigious Ocean Art competition. Prizes worth $40,000 are on offer to amateur and professional photographers. There will be over 50 winning photos in 12 categories including wide angle, marine life behaviour, macro, compact, cold water, blackwater, conservation and nudibranchs. Winners can rank […]

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Saving Marine Life during COVID-19 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/saving-marine-life-during-covid-19.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/saving-marine-life-during-covid-19.html#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2020 12:38:00 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7346 Fighting the ever growing problem of ocean trash through beach cleanups and underwater gill net removals, saving thousands of marine lives that would have otherwise perished is being hampered by COVID-19 - can you help?

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Shark-release shot wins “Safe Under the Sea” Underwater Photo Contest https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/ocean-art-announces-winners-safe-under-sea-underwater-photo-contest.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/ocean-art-announces-winners-safe-under-sea-underwater-photo-contest.html#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:57:14 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7306 In April the Underwater Photography Guide launched the Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea underwater photo competition to help raise money to fight coronavirus. The competition brought people from around the world together to dust off old hard drives, share the beauty of our oceans, and help the World Health Organisation in its fight to […]

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Dolphin Talk https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/dolphin-talk.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/dolphin-talk.html#respond Sun, 23 Aug 2020 19:13:00 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7292 With their large brains dolphins have many factors in common with humans and great apes. Dolphins communicate primarily audibly. Whilst the sounds themselves are easy to record the actual meaning of the noises and what the role of it is, is more difficult to decipher. Whistling Dolphin Some members of the dolphin family don’t produce […]

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Male seahorse pregnancy as complex as females’ https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/male-seahorse-pregnancy-complex-female.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/male-seahorse-pregnancy-complex-female.html#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:42:32 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7286 New research by Dr Camilla Whittington and her team at the University of Sydney has found male seahorses don’t just carry the developing babies in a pouch, they transport energy-rich fats to their progeny during pregnancy. Seahorses and their relatives are the only vertebrates that have male pregnancy. The expectant fathers incubate developing babies inside a pocket […]

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Underwater robots reveal habits of endangered whales https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/underwater-robots-reveal-habits-of-endangered-whales.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/underwater-robots-reveal-habits-of-endangered-whales.html#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 20:43:40 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7281 Not all humans are morning people. Neither, according to a new study, are all sperm whales – at least when it comes to foraging for food. The research, led by the University of East Anglia (UEA), has revealed the daily habits of the endangered Mediterranean sperm whale. Unmanned underwater gliders equipped with acoustic monitors recorded […]

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Sharks  ‘extinct’  on 20% of world’s reefs https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/sharks-functionally-extinct-on-many-of-the-worlds-reefs.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/sharks-functionally-extinct-on-many-of-the-worlds-reefs.html#respond Sun, 26 Jul 2020 23:34:00 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7261 But hope lies in key conservation measures. Though many people find them intimidating, menacing or just plain scary, sharks are vital to the health of the world’s oceans. These often misunderstood creatures are found in just about every ocean habitat around the globe, but their populations are plummeting. Indeed, the true extent of their decline […]

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Revealed: Tiger sharks’ travels and preferred hangouts in the Gulf of Mexico https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/revealed-tiger-sharks-travels-and-preferred-hangouts-in-the-gulf-of-mexico.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/revealed-tiger-sharks-travels-and-preferred-hangouts-in-the-gulf-of-mexico.html#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2020 10:07:57 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7247 Like other highly migratory sharks, tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) often cross international boundaries. Scientists now know exactly where they like to go in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr Matt Ajemian, assistant research professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and a team of scientists  fitted 56 tiger sharks with Smart Position and temperature […]

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