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

DIVING NEWS

Four more walking sharks discovered

‘Walking sharks’ are familiar to scuba divers – hooded epaulette sharks (Hemiscyllium strahani) feature in the current issue of DIVER magazine. But now researchers in Australia have almost doubled the number of recognised species overnight. Read more...

Prince finds plastics on 5km-deep dive

A dive to a depth of more than 5km has marked the second of five phases of Caladan Oceanic’s 2020 deep-diving expeditions. Submersible pilot Victor Vescovo was accompanied by Prince Albert II of Monaco as scientific observer as they visited the bottom of Calypso Deep, the deepest point in the Mediterranean Sea, on 10 February. Read more...

Gulf Air tips scale towards divers

Good news for heavily laden scuba divers heading east – Gulf Air has added them to its list of passengers entitled to concessionary baggage allowances, with up to 15kg of dive-gear permitted above the standard allowance. Read more...

French sub wreck dived at 2.3km

Two 2.3km-deep Mediterranean submersible dives have been carried out to examine the wreck of S647 La Minerve. All 52 of the French Navy submarine's crew were lost when she sank in 1968, and the dives were to examine the wreck before laying a commemorative plaque. Read more...

Grey seals clap for victory

It took 17 years of scuba diving, but eventually naturalist Dr Ben Burville managed to capture on video the unprecedented sight of a male grey seal clapping its flippers under water to produce a noise like a gunshot.  Read more...

Diving expert John Bevan dies

A vast amount of diving knowledge and experience has gone with the death of Dr John Bevan at the age of 77 – although the veteran UK diver has left behind a considerable body of work in print. Read more...

Titanic expedition organiser hits back

The “collision” between a submersible on a scientific expedition and the wreck of the Titanic last year was probably no more than the vessel touching a rusticle, says EYOS Expeditions, the British company that managed the dives.  Read more...

Sub struck Titanic – big deal?

A submersible making one of the first dives to the Titanic for 14 years last summer struck the wreck – but the collision was kept quiet until this month with the knowledge of the US government, claims salvor-in-possession RMS Titanic Inc. Read more...

Invitation to ‘rumble under the ocean’

Two teams of scuba divers will slug it out live at the end of the year in photo-website Wetpixel’s annual grudge match, which this year is being staged over a week between Coral Triangle macro-photography heavyweights Lembeh in Indonesia and Anilao in the Philippines. Read more...

60m-deep Jacuzzi at Soda Springs

Many scuba divers will have visited volcanic dive-sites with warm seabeds seeping bubbles and names like Champagne, but a recently dived 60m-deep Philippines site emits what could be the highest natural concentration of carbon dioxide ever recorded. Read more...

Look out for white beaks

Dorset-based charity MARINElife, which discovered an isolated population of white-beaked dolphins more than 400 miles from their expected range in 2007, is calling on West Country sea-users to help it study the animals regularly seen in Lyme Bay.  Read more...

Russian lake divers make unique find

Russian scuba divers have identified a 160-year-old steamship called the Walamon Luastari that sank in Lake Ladoga in a 1940 air-raid - and have told Divernet that they believe their discovery is one of the most significant to be made in Russia in recent times.  Read more...

Coral Greenhouse open to divers

The Coral Greenhouse and the Ocean Siren, the first phases of UK diver-sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor’s Museum Of Underwater Art (MOUA) project on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, have been unveiled. Read more...