Marine conservation group Oceana finds amazing array of marine life in Canary Islands expedition, from shallows to down to 1000m. Using ROVs (remotely operated underwater vehicles) as well as scuba divers to shallow depths, they documented large colonies of deep-sea white coral, crystal aggregations of sponges, dense forests of black corals, oceanic puffers, giant foraminifera, carnivorous sponges and sharks, as well as many other biological communities and species in the south of the El Hierro Island.
SCUBA divers underestimate the amount of life in heavily-fished areas, a study suggests. Scientists from Australia compared fish counts by SCUBA divers—who produce noisy bubbles—and divers using silent rebreathers. They found little difference in counts between the two in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), where the fish weren’t frightened of the divers. In more heavily fished […]
Ahmed Gabr has made the deepest ever scuba dive—to 332.35 meters—in Dahab in Egypt. The dive was projected to take 14 hours to complete, with just minutes of this being the descent time. Gabr and his support divers team planned to use about 90 tanks (plus 17 twinsets) in the course of the dive. His […]
Tomorrow is the SCUBA Challenge, where disabled and able-bodied divers will complete 64 lengths in the pool – fully kitted up – and 2 open water dives to raise money for Disability Day. Organised by Dave Thompson, who sustained a spinal cord injury whilst playing American Football and has since been a full time wheelchair […]
The British Sub-Aqua Club has launched Diving for All, a new instructor course designed to provide qualified Instructors with the skills and mindset to teach people with disabilities within their branches and centres. Following a series of pilots the first disabled diving instruction course is set for 18 October. The course is for a minimum […]
Eels are losing the fight to survive when faced with marine noise pollution such as that of passing ships, according to a study published in the journal Global Change Biology. Scientists from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol that found that in the presence of ship noise, European eels (Anguilla anguilla) were 50% less likely […]
The loss of sharks could contribute to the destruction of one of the planet’s most under-appreciated sources of carbon storage — seagrasses, according to FIU researchers. Not that sharks eat the seagrass, they don’t, but they do eat the turtles which feed in the seagrass meadows. Add this to the problems of pollution, mooring and […]
Good news at last for sharks: prices and sales of shark fin are falling in China by 50-70% according to a report by WildAid.
Deep sea mother octopus looks after eggs for 4 and a half years – breaking records for any animal’s brooding period.
Win a 7 night diving holiday in the Red Sea courtesy of Monarch. Monarch have teamed up with Emperor Divers to offer a 7-night stay in either El Gouna or Marsa Alam for two. The prize comes with a 3-day diving course. We enquired whether there was an alternative for qualified divers and were told […]