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Splendid Toadfish – Creature of the Month

Toadfish are found on the sand and mud bottoms of coastal waters worldwide. They usually have broad heads and drab colours, and look...
pygmy seahorse lembeh

Diving Indonesia’s Macro and Megafauna

Appreciating the little and large things in life is important and the same can be said for scuba diving. Whilst diving with manta rays...

Spectacular Diving at Kadmat Island, India

Kadmat is one of the larger islands of Lakshadweep, 400 km off the west coast of India. It is 8 km long and 500...

Diving Placencia Belize – What you Need to Know before you Go

In the southern part of the friendly country of Belize lies a beach town with a knack for cheap happy hours, inexpensive good food...
The bestselling scuba diving books of 2013

Bestselling SCUBA Diving Books of 2013

SCUBA Travel release bestselling diving books of 2013 list. Published annually this top ten showcases the most popular scuba literature and guidebooks.

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.
Galapagos hammerheads

Best places to scuba dive in December

Where to scuba dive in December? Mantas and whale sharks at Hanifaru Bay; mass spawning of barracuda & Nassau grouper in Belize - groupers circling each other, releasing their spawn as they go; mating turtles & schools of hammerheads in the Galapagos
Galapagos shark, Carcharhinus galapagensis

Scientists urge Brazil to take a stand on protecting marine life

Brazil fisheries have no bag or size limits for any species of fish and even the most basic fisheries statistics, such as the numbers and weights of fish being caught, are a blank space. The newly published Red List of Brazilian species at risk from extinction, identifies 83 types of marine animal aslo commercially exploited by fisheries. The Galapagos shark is an example of a keystone species thought to have been fished to regional extinction due to decades of nonexistent fisheries regulations. This species is one of many that could have greatly benefited from management plans that help reduce by-catch and prevent the overexploitation of fishing stocks.