DIVING NEWS

Take a virtual dive on the GBR

Scuba divers, freedivers and snorkellers all over the world are being encouraged to participate in a citizen-science project designed to boost the long-term health of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. All that’s required is access to the Internet “and a few minutes to spare”. Read more...

SOS: Save our sawfish

Scuba divers rarely get to see sawfish - which is not surprising, because the rays have disappeared from half the world’s coastal waters and now face extinction unless urgent action is taken, according to researchers at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada. Read more...

Earl Spencer resumes White Ship dive quest

Planned dives to find remains of the 12th-century “White Ship” off France’s Channel coast were foiled by seasonal weather in mid-December - but now historian and scuba diver Charles Spencer has announced that his high-profile quest will resume. Read more...

Blaze-boat captain pleads innocence

Jerry Boylan, the captain of the Conception, the Californian dive liveaboard on which 34 people died in a fire in September 2019, pleaded not guilty to charges of “seaman’s manslaughter” in a brief court appearance on 16 February. Read more...

Young great whites chase the heat

Climate change is pushing marine animals towards the poles and setting threatened species on unpredictable collision courses - a point illustrated by a new report on great white sharks produced by Monterey Bay Aquarium in the USA. Read more...

Emperor seeks Covid hero divers

Emperor Divers has a question for you: do you know a scuba diver who has been heroic during this past pandemic year? It wants to reward no fewer than eight nominated Covid Diver Heroes with free seven-night liveaboard trips in the Red Sea or Maldives. Read more...

New whale in Gulf of Mexico

An 11.5m baleen whale that stranded off Florida’s Everglades National Park two years ago has turned out to be a species previously unrecognised by science. Dubbed Rice’s whale, the new species has already been classified as Critically Endangered. Read more...

Bathtime gets serious for divers

Last spring divewear manufacturer Fourth Element came up with its own UnderBathWater Photography Competition as a way of counteracting the diving limitations of lockdown. Now the Instagram-based contest is back – and in expanded form. Read more...

Underwater Museum unmasked

The latest submerged installation by Jason deCaires Taylor, the British sculptor’s first in the Mediterranean, is the Underwater Museum of Cannes, which has been declared open off the French Riviera coast.  Read more...

Divers find more on Mentor wreck

Greek archaeological scuba divers have recovered a variety of artefacts during the most recent excavation of British diplomat Lord Elgin’s ship the Mentor, which sank in the Aegean Sea in 1802. Read more...

Oceanic elasmobranchs diving towards extinction

A chilling assessment of the fate of the world’s pelagic sharks and rays has just been published – and their sharp decline through overfishing has been devastating enough for one of the contributing authors to declare their situation “the end of the line”.  Read more...