SCUBA News https://news.scubatravel.co.uk Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:49:52 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/cropped-faviconbig-1-1-32x32.png SCUBA News https://news.scubatravel.co.uk 32 32 What if underwater robots could dock mid-mission to recharge and transfer data? https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/what-if-underwater-robots-could-dock-mid-mission-to-recharge-and-transfer-data.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/what-if-underwater-robots-could-dock-mid-mission-to-recharge-and-transfer-data.html#respond Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:44:11 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7436 Robots can be amazing tools for environmental studies, but eventually they must return to a base to recharge their batteries and upload their data. That can be a challenge if the robot is an autonomous underwater vehicle exploring deep ocean waters. Now, a Purdue University team has created a mobile docking system for AUVs, enabling the […]

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Tumble drying your clothes damages sea life https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/laundry-lint-damages-sea-life.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/laundry-lint-damages-sea-life.html#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2020 15:38:28 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7400 Microplastic fibres released during tumble drying in a washing machine – laundry lint – can cause damage to the gills, liver and DNA of marine species, according to new research. Scientists at the University of Plymouth exposed the Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis), found in various locations across the world, to differing quantities of tumble dryer […]

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Sound waves show warming oceans https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/sound-waves-show-warming-oceans.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/sound-waves-show-warming-oceans.html#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2020 20:04:06 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7393 Ocean warming could be 69 percent greater than has previously been believed.  95 percent of the extra heat trapped on Earth by greenhouse gases is held in the world’s oceans. For that reason, monitoring the temperature of ocean waters has been a priority for climate scientists, and Caltech researchers have discovered that seismic rumblings on […]

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Enter the Ocean Art 2020 underwater photography competition https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/ocean-art-2020-underwater-photography-competition-now-open.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/ocean-art-2020-underwater-photography-competition-now-open.html#respond Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:09:42 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7375 From now to 30 November 2020 you can submit your images to the prestigious Ocean Art competition. Prizes worth $40,000 are on offer to amateur and professional photographers. There will be over 50 winning photos in 12 categories including wide angle, marine life behaviour, macro, compact, cold water, blackwater, conservation and nudibranchs. Winners can rank […]

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Saving Marine Life during COVID-19 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/saving-marine-life-during-covid-19.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/saving-marine-life-during-covid-19.html#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2020 12:38:00 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7346 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?

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Shark-release shot wins “Safe Under the Sea” Underwater Photo Contest https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/ocean-art-announces-winners-safe-under-sea-underwater-photo-contest.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/ocean-art-announces-winners-safe-under-sea-underwater-photo-contest.html#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:57:14 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7306 In April the Underwater Photography Guide launched the Ocean Art Safe Under the Sea underwater photo competition to help raise money to fight coronavirus. The competition brought people from around the world together to dust off old hard drives, share the beauty of our oceans, and help the World Health Organisation in its fight to […]

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Dolphin Talk https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/dolphin-talk.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/dolphin-talk.html#respond Sun, 23 Aug 2020 19:13:00 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7292 With their large brains dolphins have many factors in common with humans and great apes. Dolphins communicate primarily audibly. Whilst the sounds themselves are easy to record the actual meaning of the noises and what the role of it is, is more difficult to decipher. Whistling Dolphin Some members of the dolphin family don’t produce […]

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Male seahorse pregnancy as complex as females’ https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/male-seahorse-pregnancy-complex-female.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/male-seahorse-pregnancy-complex-female.html#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:42:32 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7286 New research by Dr Camilla Whittington and her team at the University of Sydney has found male seahorses don’t just carry the developing babies in a pouch, they transport energy-rich fats to their progeny during pregnancy. Seahorses and their relatives are the only vertebrates that have male pregnancy. The expectant fathers incubate developing babies inside a pocket […]

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Underwater robots reveal habits of endangered whales https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/underwater-robots-reveal-habits-of-endangered-whales.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/underwater-robots-reveal-habits-of-endangered-whales.html#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 20:43:40 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7281 Not all humans are morning people. Neither, according to a new study, are all sperm whales – at least when it comes to foraging for food. The research, led by the University of East Anglia (UEA), has revealed the daily habits of the endangered Mediterranean sperm whale. Unmanned underwater gliders equipped with acoustic monitors recorded […]

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Sharks  ‘extinct’  on 20% of world’s reefs https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/sharks-functionally-extinct-on-many-of-the-worlds-reefs.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/sharks-functionally-extinct-on-many-of-the-worlds-reefs.html#respond Sun, 26 Jul 2020 23:34:00 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7261 But hope lies in key conservation measures. Though many people find them intimidating, menacing or just plain scary, sharks are vital to the health of the world’s oceans. These often misunderstood creatures are found in just about every ocean habitat around the globe, but their populations are plummeting. Indeed, the true extent of their decline […]

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Revealed: Tiger sharks’ travels and preferred hangouts in the Gulf of Mexico https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/revealed-tiger-sharks-travels-and-preferred-hangouts-in-the-gulf-of-mexico.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/revealed-tiger-sharks-travels-and-preferred-hangouts-in-the-gulf-of-mexico.html#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2020 10:07:57 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7247 Like other highly migratory sharks, tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) often cross international boundaries. Scientists now know exactly where they like to go in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr Matt Ajemian, assistant research professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and a team of scientists  fitted 56 tiger sharks with Smart Position and temperature […]

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Aquatic internet and underwater WiFi approaches https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/aquatic-internet-underwater-wifi.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/aquatic-internet-underwater-wifi.html#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2020 18:47:10 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7237 Aquatic internet that sends data through light beams could enable divers to instantly transmit footage from under the sea to the surface. Wireless internet under the sea would enable divers to talk without hand signals and send live data to the surface. Now, a team from King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) has […]

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Creature of the Month: Golden Trevally https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/golden-trevally.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/golden-trevally.html#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2020 15:24:46 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7218 The young fish like to seek out large animals like sharks, groupers and dugongs for protection, acting as pilot fish.

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Bluewater University Launches as a New Online Portal for Underwater Education https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/bluewater-university-launches-as-a-new-online-portal-for-underwater-education.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/bluewater-university-launches-as-a-new-online-portal-for-underwater-education.html#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 09:00:29 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7209 Bluewater University is the first online platform that is fully dedicated to providing live virtual classes in all things related to underwater – including underwater photography, underwater video and dive travel. At the moment all the classes are related to underwater photography. Several are free; others between $5 and $40. The classes and seminars are […]

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Towable sensor free-falls to measure vertical slices of ocean conditions https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/towable-sensor-free-falls-to-measure-vertical-slices-of-ocean-conditions.html https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/towable-sensor-free-falls-to-measure-vertical-slices-of-ocean-conditions.html#respond Fri, 22 May 2020 09:09:41 +0000 https://news.scubatravel.co.uk/?p=7206 The motion of the ocean is often thought of in horizontal terms, for instance in the powerful currents that sweep around the planet, or the waves that ride in and out along a coastline. But there is also plenty of vertical motion, particularly in the open seas, where water from the deep can rise up, […]

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