Diving News2018-07-24T22:16:05+01:00

DIVING NEWS

EU funds UK shark project

A marine scientist at the UK’s Marine Biological Association (MBA) has been awarded a major EU grant to help him determine how large oceanic predators such as sharks and tuna will respond to climate-driven changes in ocean oxygen. Read more...

Bomb tests reveal whale shark ages

The ages reached by whale sharks, the world’s biggest fish, have always been a mystery - until an international team of scientists came up with a way of estimating them based on the nuclear bomb-testing of the 1950s and ’60s. Read more...

Golden shot

This image of a golden jellyfish was taken using a compact camera and has won German underwater photographer Enrico Somogyi the Best of Show prize in the 2020 DEEP Indonesia Underwater Photo Competition.  Read more...

Decathlon donates snorkelling masks

French sports retailer Decathlon is to donate its entire stock of Subea Easybreath full-face snorkelling masks to hospitals in Spain, one of the countries worst-affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Spanish press. Read more...

CovEDtalks begin with London wreck

The Nautical Archaeology Society is set to present a series of 12 free online lunchtime talks billed as “self-educating while self-isolating”. It says it wants to "share important work being undertaken in our discipline with the wider world - and give everyone something exciting to learn about while we’re all stuck at home!” Read more...

The fish feeling the heat

Some fish are better than others at coping with heatwaves - that’s the conclusion of what is said to be world-first international research using advanced genetic-analysis techniques. Read more...

Dwarf whale uses ‘squid tactics’

We know about cephalopods releasing clouds of inky fluid to help them to evade predators, but whales doing the same? Footage has emerged from South Africa of a dwarf sperm whale using the strategy in a vain bid to escape from an aggressive Cape fur seal. Read more...

Help us spotlight 30 Diving Influencers

With many readers finding themselves with unexpected time on their hands as a result of self-isolation, Divernet hopes you might care to look ahead to October’s DIVE 2020 show at the National Exhibition Centre and put some of that time to good use. Read more...

Indian Ocean dolphins face severe threat

Divers' chances of seeing dolphins in the Indian Ocean, whether above or below the surface, are dwindling by the year. The numbers of small cetaceans appears to have fallen by as much as 87% over the past 40 years - because so many are being caught in huge tuna gillnets. Read more...

Stickleback sub found at 3.3km

USS Stickleback has become the third of four US Navy submarines lost since the end of World War Two to be located. It was found at a depth of 3.3km by the Lost 52 Project, led by US ocean explorer Tim Taylor.  Read more...

FCO advises against overseas trips

With the number of mainstream diving destinations with borders still open to tourists dwindling rapidly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the question of where to go has now largely been taken out of UK divers’ hands with the latest advice from the UK government. Read more...

Bath diving in Italy

We’ve seen the communal singing from windows in locked-down Italy, but divers there are finding their own ways to keep smiling through the hardships inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more...

Turtles fall into ‘olfactory trap’

The belief that turtles mistake discarded plastic bags for the jellyfish they eat simply because of visual resemblance has been overturned by new US research indicating that odour also leads to the often-deadly confusion. Read more...

Ghost Diving – but only outside UK

Ghost Fishing, the original body of divers dedicated to clearing fishing-nets discarded at sea, has changed its name to Ghost Diving “to make it easier for the public to understand what it does”. However Ghost Fishing UK, until now one of its chapters, has gone its own way and is retaining its name.  Read more...

Ghostbusters UK

More and more divers are diving for a purpose, but when it comes to ghost-gear clearance you really have to know what you’re doing – as CHRISTINE GROSART does. Read more...

Divers: keep calm, keep moving

With the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak now declared a worldwide pandemic, scuba divers are facing the same uncertainty as other travellers – but proactive UK dive-tour specialists have been quick not only to allay the fears of divers undertaking overseas trips, but to point out opportunities arising from the situation. Read more...

Disinfecting dive-gear in coronavirus era

Advice on disinfecting scuba diving equipment in the wake of the global coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has been issued by Divers Alert Network (DAN), the international organisation that provides medical emergency assistance as well as dive-safety research and education. Read more...

Spitting image scoops pool in contest

This photograph entitled Spurt, taken by Australian diver Scott Portelli, has been named Best in Show in the annual DPG (Dive Photo Guide) / Wetpixel Masters competition. The international online contest is described by its US organisers as "the Super Bowl of underwater-imaging events". Read more...

Three Truk aircraft wrecks located

The wreckage of three USAF bombers downed over Truk Lagoon during WW2 have been located by the charity Project Recover, the mission of which is to recover remains of US forces personnel missing in action in wartime.  Read more...

Help reshape UK wreck-reporting

Are you a UK wreck diver or wreck owner, and have you had dealings with the Receiver of Wreck at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)? If so, and you have views on the way the office operates, you could help to shape its future. Read more...