DIVING NEWS

NASA calls in divers’ coral data

It’s a shocking statistic – Earth has lost more than half of its coral reefs over the past 40 years. The rest could be gone by 2099 if conservationists prove unable to reverse the decline, but they need an accurate means of mapping their progress. Read more...

Divers find tragic White Ship

The timber longboat known as the White Ship sank off Normandy 900 years ago, drowning the heir to the English throne and hundreds of nobles. Scuba divers who had been hoping to locate the wreck have now reported finding far more than the scattered remnants they had hoped for. Read more...

Three big whale tales

A long-term cetacean-human relationship; bubbling behaviour unprecedented in Australia; and a pygmy population identified by nuclear-testing detectors - whales have been springing surprises all over the world. Read more...

Get involved in World Oceans Day

Today (8 June) is United Nations World Oceans Day, and the picture above by UK underwater photographer Nur Tucker is a category winner in the photo competition organised as part of the annual event. Read more...

Divers invited to explore ancient port

Israel, one of the few countries currently on the UK’s travel green list, has opened its first underwater national park - and appears to have a more relaxed attitude to scuba diving on archaeological remains than some other countries. Read more...

Diver hit by bends in Devon

A scuba diver had to be airlifted to a hyperbaric facility following a boat-dive in the Channel off Torquay yesterday (5 June). Diagnosed as suffering from decompression illness, the casualty was described as “seriously ill”. Read more...

BDMLR swims to save seals

British Divers Marine Life Rescue has raised £30,000 in a sponsored sea-swim in Cornwall to equip a new hospital for young seals. BDMLR volunteers and supporters covered the 28km distance from Truro down the Fal estuary to Falmouth on 28 May. Read more...

Covid hero loves Red Sea diving

A free Red Sea liveaboard trip is the prize for the seventh Covid Diver Hero - another scuba diver whose contribution to fighting the coronavirus pandemic has been rewarded by Emperor Divers. Read more...

California great white sharks boosted

Divers associate great white shark encounters with northern Mexico and southern California, but numbers of the sharks spotted in the north of the state have risen by more than a third over the past decade, according to a newly published study. Read more...

Kind Lily is sixth Covid Diver Hero

The sixth of Emperor Divers’ Covid Diver Hero winners is not only the youngest but the first not to be a medical professional. For the community spirit she has shown during the coronavirus pandemic, 13-year-old scuba diver Lily Lancaster was nominated to win a free Red Sea liveaboard holiday by her uncle, Martin Lancaster. Read more...

FREE June DIVER out now!

TO ENSURE prompt delivery of DIVER Magazine during the continuing period of coronavirus disruption a special FREE digital version of the JUNE issue has been produced to replace the normal paper copy. Read more...

Security plans for wreck-minder divers

Underwater wreck-sites are too often out of sight, out of mind, according to maritime archaeological group the Protected Wreck Association – but now the PWA is deploying a new weapon to deter theft or vandalism of wreck artefacts, in the form of Site Security Plans. Read more...

Rare pre-WW1 sub in Devon protected

Prototype British submarine HMS/m D1, the forerunner to the Royal Navy’s patrol submarines of WW1, has been designated a Protected Wreck. Scuba divers can visit the 50m-deep site but the wreck and its contents must remain in situ. Read more...

UK’s shark-fin traders cut off

A loophole that before Brexit had allowed shark-fin traders to operate with impunity in the UK is set to be closed. New law will require all imported and exported fins to remain attached to the shark’s body and be traded as a whole commodity. Read more...