A recent stranding of a basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) in north-western Bali is the first confirmed record of this large, filter-feeding shark species in Indonesian waters. The shark was an adult male. It is possible that the Indonesian throughflow – the warm ocean current which moves water from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean – is […]
Green sea turtles may stop basking on beaches around the world within a century due to rising sea temperatures, a new study suggests. Naturalists as early as Darwin observed beach basking in green turtles (Chelonia mydas). It helps the threatened animals regulate their body temperatures and may help their digestion and immune systems. After analysing […]
Mother turtles find their way back to nesting beaches by looking for unique magnetic signatures along the coast, according to a new study published in Current Biology. Loggerhead turtles, for example, leave the beach where they were born as hatchlings and traverse entire ocean basins before returning to nest, at regular intervals, on the same stretch of […]
For 50 years the Natural History Museum in London has run the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – harnessing the power of photography to inspire greater understanding of the natural world, challenge perceptions and encourage change to preserve the beauty and diversity of the Earth. They are looking for photos that represent the natural […]
Winner of prestigious underwater photography contest was announced today as Ray Collins, with his shot through the arc of a wave on a Gold Coast Beach. More fabulous photos feature in 12 categories. The judges awarded prizes to 60 photographers from entries from 50 countries.
SCUBA Travel have released their annual list of the best-selling diving books and DVDs of the year. For fourteen years SCUBA Travel have published the top ten list, and its contents remain remarkably constant. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean by Lieske and Myers has, in its various editions, been continually in the list since […]
Humpback whales work together whilst foraging on the bottom for food – but how do they co-ordinate their behaviour? The answer might be a “tick-tock” song.
The 1974 film “Jaws” immortalized the Great White but also did more damage to the image of the Great White Shark than they could ever do themselves. Despite all the fear and celebrity, very little is known about these aquatic behemoths. Scientists who have studied Carcharodon carcharias (jagged tooth) aren’t even sure how they reproduce. […]
The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) has published its Annual Diving Incident Report for 2014. The 2014 report records a total of 216 incidents. BSAC have monitored and reported on diving incidents since 1964. Their report contains both details of UK diving incidents occurring to divers of all affiliations, and incidents occurring world-wide involving BSAC members. […]
An underwater robot has enabled researchers to produce the first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice. Scientists from the UK, USA and Australia say the new technology provides accurate ice thickness measurements from areas that were previously too difficult to access. Scientists use a range of technologies and techniques to measure sea ice […]