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How to judge whether shark cage diving helps or harms wildlife

Wildlife tourism including white shark cage-diving is growing in popularity, but these industries remain highly contentious amongst divers, conservationists and scientists alike. New tool helps judge the impact.
Potato Cod

Potato Cod is Creature of the Month

The mighty potato cod of Australia and the Pacific grows to 2 m long and can weigh 110 kg (242 lbs or over 17...

WIN a 6-night Guadalupe Great White Shark cage diving safari

It’s Shark Week and we have the ultimate competition for shark fans!Subscribe to the LiveAboard.com newsletter and be in to WIN a 6-night Guadalupe...

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.

How Healthy are Mediterranean Rocky Reefs?

Intense exploitation over millennia has depleted Mediterranean Sea species from the large to the small. What would a ‘healthy’ Mediterranean rocky bottom look like? There are no pristine sites (i.e. undisturbed by humans) left in the Mediterranean against which to compare the health of current ecosystems. SCUBA divers surveyed the rocky reefs throughout the Med, from Morocco to Turkey.
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Shark Cage Diving: Is it as scary as you think?

Is shark cage diving scarier than rock climbing?
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Malaysia changes dates of Sipadan Closure

Rated one of the best diving areas in the world, Sipadan will be closed this year during November - a change from the previously...

Scapa Flow Dive Guide

On Midsummers Day in 1919, a German Admiral ordered the German High Seas Fleet to be scuttled. Seventy-four German ships had been anchored at...

Escape the Diving Crowds: 6 Small Liveaboards for Intimate Scuba Safaris

There is something special about joining a small liveaboard for a more intimate dive safari. You can enjoy a more personalised service, smaller dive...

Europe’s largest wreck is now open for divers

Up until recently diving on the Fu Shan Hai, Europe's largest wreck, was prohibited. Now though, after a project by Danish Technical Divers, the...