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New wreck dive off Comino, Malta

There is a new dive waiting off the coast of Comino: former Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Patrol Boat P31. The wreck is 52...

Environmentalists condemn Danish dredging in marine protected areas

Danish government approves dredging in marine reserve, to environmental organisation's dismay: it will take years for bottom dwelling creatures to recover.
European Sea Anemones

State of Europe’s seas getting worse

Europe is woefully behind in its ambition of achieving a 'good environmental status' of our seas by 2020, according to a report published today...
Seal

Government must act on State of Nature Report

The UK's first State of Nature report, which has been launched by Sir David Attenborough, reveals that 60% of UK wildlife species are in...

Diving the Marine World Heritage Sites

Forty-five World Heritage Sites - places of "outstanding cultural or natural value" - are located in marine areas. And many are also fabulous diving spots. The first marine Heritage Site to be listed was the Galapagos Islands, in 1978. Next listing was Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It contains the world's largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1500 species of fish and 4000 types of mollusc. Australia has the most Marine World Heritage sites of any country: five. Ningaloo Coast was inscribed most recently in June 2011. Ningaloo, in Western Australia, is famous for its whale sharks. Also on the West coast is Shark Bay. This has three exceptional natural features: its vast sea-grass beds, which are the largest and richest in the world; its dugong (sea cow) population; and its stromatolites. Stromatolites are rock like structures built by microbes, similarly to how corals build reefs. Shark's Bay stromatolites are 2000 to 3000 years old, but stromatolites have been being built for 3.5 billion years. Shark Bay is also home to five species of endangered mammals.
Azure Window, Gozo

Azure Window Falls

The Azure Window - marking one of Malta's iconic dive sites - collapsed into the sea this morning. Divers shocked by news.

Survey Reveals Top 10 Dive Sites in Europe

Europe boasts some world class dive sites, with great visibility and masses of underwater life. In a recent poll of SCUBA Travel readers, these...
Lion's Mane Jellyfish

Have you seen Basking Sharks, Jellyfish or Turtles in UK Waters?

The Marine Conservation Society wants to know if you’ve seen any basking sharks, turtles or jellyfish – in UK and Irish waters. Jellyfish? Yes, because...

EU launches shark protection plan

The European Commission has launched a Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks. The aim is to rebuild shark stocks and...
Rich cold-water coral reef in the Whittard Canyon area by the Isis ROV

Scientists unveil first maps of deep sea corals

Proposed marine protected areas will cover just 30% of the UK’s deep sea coral reefs and 3% of the sponge fields, according to the first-ever set of maps detailing where vulnerable deep-sea habitats are likely to be found in the North East Atlantic.