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

DIVING NEWS

Fun & games for divers in Brighton

Scuba divers are being invited to join in with “Europe's largest free beach festival”, the 2019 fund-raising Paddle Round the Pier event on the Brighton & Hove seafront in Sussex over the weekend of 6-7 July. Read more...

No sweat: divers report Agent Orange find

Two US scuba divers who found a barrel in a mountain lake labelled as containing the notorious Vietnam War chemical weapon Agent Orange had their report put aside by health agencies for 10 months - but a media outcry now appears to have spurred the authorities to take action. Read more...

Mission 2020 hits halfway mark

Mission 2020, the dive-industry conservation initiative announced last summer, reached the midway point in its intended lifespan on World Oceans Day on 8 June. Now the 150 international organisations that have signed up have only 12 months left to fulfil pledges they have made to reduce their environmental impact. Read more...

Dragonfish secrets of dental invisibility

Its name might mean “shiny loosejaw”, but its prey don’t see the danger until it’s too late. The unusually crystalline nanostructure of deep-sea dragonfish teeth is unique, rendering them virtually invisible, according to US researchers who have been analysing these teeth for the first time. Read more...

Diver hit by dhoni prop

A German scuba diver is reported to have been seriously injured after being struck in the leg by the propeller of a dhoni near Paradise Island Resort at Lankanfinolhu in the Maldives. Read more...

Now Cyprus has too many fish

With scuba divers reporting seeing 20 or more lionfish on a single dive around Cyprus, marine conservationists have held the first organised series of culls in the eastern Mediterranean island's coastal waters. Read more...

Wreck find surprises researchers

The wreck of an unidentified 19th-century sailing ship has been discovered in the Gulf of Mexico by chance during sea trials of the research vessel Okeanos Explorer, operated by the USA’s National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Read more...

D-Day attractions protected 75 years on

Submerged Valentine and Centaur tanks, D7 armoured bulldozers and Mulberry floating harbour components, many of which have long been attractions for Channel scuba divers, have been given protected status to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Read more...

Saturday is World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is set for next Saturday (8 June), and more than 50 official events have been organised around the British Isles, ranging from beach-cleans, barbecues and film screenings to debates. Read more...

Clean-up record bid in Florida

Scuba divers from around the world are invited to get together at Deerfield Beach on Florida's east coast on Saturday, 15 June in a bid to help break the world record for the largest underwater clean-up. Read more...

Farrell death: ‘No prospect of convictions’

The parents of Bethany Farrell, the British woman who died on her first dive on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef four years ago, have been told by Queensland’s Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) that there is “no reasonable prospect of securing a conviction” against a diving instructor and skipper involved in the incident. Read more...

How tiger sharks prey on songbirds

Tiger sharks have never been thought of as fussy eaters, but scientists in the USA have been surprised to discover that, for juveniles of the species, land-based birds such as sparrows, woodpeckers and doves have become a regular part of their diet. Read more...

Discover UK Diving at Wraysbury

It’s “Discover UK Diving Weekend” at inland site Wraysbury Lake in Middlesex on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June, with guest presentations, equipment demos and underwater try-outs plus expert advice all laid on alongside the usual scuba-diving opportunities. Read more...