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

DIVING NEWS

Historic Japanese battleship wreck identified

A shipwreck found last year in the Solomon Islands has been confirmed as the first Japanese battleship to be sunk by American forces during World War Two. The identification was made as the result of an expedition carried out by the US research vessel Petrel. Read more...

Black Sea ‘lost fleet’ U-boat located

The German submarine U-23, which was scuttled in the Black Sea during World War Two, is reported to have been discovered at a depth of almost 50m and videoed from an ROV by the film-crew making a new Turkish TV documentary called Blue Passion. Read more...

Theft knocks back Royal Oak dive-team

Efforts to produce a comprehensive report following a series of survey dives on HMS Royal Oak in Orkney’s Scapa Flow have been frustrated by theft of the dive-team’s computer equipment, which contained raw data and images of the wreck. Read more...

Red Sea crews to be eco-trained

Egyptian authorities appear to have laid the blame for the temporary closure of popular Red Sea dive-location the Brothers Islands on the behaviour of liveaboard crews, and are insisting that they undergo compulsory “environmental awareness courses” during February. Read more...

DNA news for UK’s shark-fin diners

It might not bother them, but diners who order shark-fin soup at those restaurants that still serve the “delicacy” in the UK could well be consuming endangered species, according to Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation. Read more...

Divers urge action to protect Malta’s fish

The diving community of Malta, one of UK scuba-divers’ favourite overseas destinations, has called on the islands’ authorities to protect popular dive-sites from fishing activities, in the light of what it calls a worrying decline in fish numbers. Read more...

Where Scallops Dwell

Dredging for shellfish is a scattershot method that ruins fragile eco-systems. Havens such as the protected area of Lyme Bay illustrate what we stand to lose, says WILL APPLEYARD. Read more...

Freeze! Egg threat alert

Pharaoh cuttlefish start their education early, researchers have found – even while still embryos, it seems that they will hold their breath and keep still when threatened. Read more...

Death of early BSAC diver

The death has been reported of a veteran British Sub-Aqua Club diver, John Stubbs, at the age of 84. A founder-member of BSAC’s Anglesey-based Gwynedd branch, Stubbs became 1st Class Diver no 93 in 1967 and, five years later, National Instructor no 43. Read more...

Bahrain to sink plane in race for divers

Large aircraft deliberately dumped to attract diving tourism seem to be quite the thing, following recent sinkings in Turkey and Jordan, and the latest is set to take place in a Middle Eastern country not renowned for its natural underwater attractions - Bahrain. Read more...

Philippines dive-resort claims coral coup

A dive-resort in Anda on the island of Bohol has claimed to have achieved the most successful coral-breeding programme in the Philippines. More than 40,000 corals have already been grown, according to the Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa, with a claimed propagation success rate of 89%. Read more...

Devil rays steal the show

The Best of Show image in the prestigious 2018 Ocean Art underwater photo competition has been judged to be “Devil Ray Ballet”by British photographer Duncan Murrell. Read more...