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Photo by Enric Sala/National Geographic A group of hammerhead sharks swims over the sandy seafloor populated with garden eels at Darwin Island. These sharks are known for their ability to make sudden and sharp turns as the unique wide-set placement of their eyes allows them a vertical 360-degree view, which is ideal for stalking their prey.

Galapagos Islands Wolf and Darwin home to largest shark biomass in the world

More sharks live around the Galapagos Darwin and Wolf Islands than anywhere else on the planet

World’s Most Robust Marine Reserve is at Baja California

A thriving undersea wildlife park tucked away near the southern tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula has proven to be the most robust marine reserve...
Coral reef

Malaysia to extend marine protected areas around Sabah

In the coral triangle, Sabah is home to some of the best diving in the world. The famous diving areas of Sipadan and Mabul islands are off the coast of eastern Sabah, with Layang Layang in the west. The MPAs will further increase the marine diversity in the area.
Coral Sea Safari

Best Places to Dive in July

July is a great month for liveaboard adventures to dive with ocean giants; be that with numerous sharks and rays at Cocos Island or...
Anemones

Life Under Water Challenge photography contest is now open

A new photography contest has launched celebrating marine biodiversity in honour of World Environment Day and World Oceans Day.Launched by social enterprise Positive Travel...
White tip reef shark

Will Marine Reserve Protect Coral Sea Sharks?

Shark fishing needs to be banned at Osprey and Shark Reef in the Coral Sea for a Marine Reserve to work, concludes a study published yesterday. It is estimated that each year, live-aboard dive boats are directly responsible for generating at least AU$16 M worth of income. Of all the Coral Sea reef systems, Osprey Reef has the highest visitation rate by tourism operators, primarily to conduct shark dives. So, the depletion of reef sharks at Osprey Reef would have serious financial ramifications for the area. To put this into perspective, in the Maldives, the removal of only 20 grey reef sharks, with a market value of only AU$1 000, caused an estimated loss of AU$500 000 annually in diving revenue.
Diver in bait ball by Lawrence Alex Wu

SCUBA Travel publish 200th issue of SCUBA News!

We first sent SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011) in the year 2000. It was before any social media, before Wikipedia. We still aim, though, to provide useful information for divers who like to travel the world and care about the marine environment.
Giant manta ray

Revealed: where to dive with Manta Rays

Awesome to see underwater, the Manta Ray is an enormous fish spanning. They live in warm waters around the world, gracefully flying through the...

Barge Damages Sipadan

A huge barge - carrying building materials, a bulldozer and a crane - has crashed into the reef at Sipadan. The accident is...
Saving baby blacktip reef sharks

Saving Marine Life during COVID-19

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?