DIVING NEWS

‘Two good mates’ dive to deepest point

Limiting Factor, the world’s only private submersible certified to dive to any ocean depth, has continued its series of record-breaking Pacific dives - though this time the pilot was not owner Victor Vescovo, nor was it a world record that was claimed.  Read more...

Ancient shipwreck to be shifted ashore

The wreck of one of the Mediterranean’s oldest intact shipwrecks is to be raised. The well-preserved Phoenician ship currently lies in shallow water about 50m off Playa de la Isla near the Spanish port of Mazarron, and will be raised and transferred to a maritime museum in nearby Cartagena for restoration. Read more...

Time to consider octopus feelings

Invertebrates such as cephalopods - octopuses, squid and cuttlefish - are not only diver favourites when encountered under water but are widely used in scientific research. This is based on the belief that they are incapable of experiencing pain, distress or other negative states, as vertebrate animals do. Read more...

UK team crack Antikythera code

It was one of the most significant discoveries ever made at a shipwreck site: the 2000-year-old Antikythera Mechanism, retrieved by sponge divers in Greece 120 years ago, is reckoned to have been the world’s first-known analogue computer. But it was incomplete, and its workings have baffled scientists ever since. Read more...

Lego divers rule in Underbathwater world

It was dive-equipment company Fourth Element that came up with the clever idea of the Underbathwater Photography Competition during the first coronavirus lockdown - but the follow-up in 2021 really seems to have unlocked divers’ pent-up creativity.  Read more...

Slug head with a life of its own

In what is described as the most extreme example of autonomy and regeneration ever seen in nature, at least two species of sea slug commonly seen by scuba divers in the Indo-Pacific region deliberately detach their own heads from their bodies – and then grow replica bodies. Read more...

Diver photo-ops: Close-up & UN

Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) is a competition that celebrates close-up, macro and micro photography from around the world - and now it has zoomed in on divers by launching a new Underwater category.  Read more...

Scuba fish thieves pay high price

Two scuba divers were abandoned in open water off Hawaii, after their dive-boat had been intercepted for illegal collection of fish for aquaria and sent back to harbour. Now the married couple responsible for the poaching have been fined a record US $272,000 - and that’s before the case even reaches the criminal courts. Read more...

Hero doctor wins Red Sea dive trip

Diving doctor Deborah Braham has been named as the first of Emperor Divers’ eight Covid Diver Heroes. Each of the winners being chosen fortnightly until 14 June can look forward to a free liveaboard trip once they’re able to travel.  Read more...

Shark rivals adopt social distancing

Two species of shark with similar diets and behaviour patterns might be expected to be bitter rivals, but sicklefin lemon and blacktip reef sharks populating a Seychelles atoll have worked out a timetable that allows them to co-exist peacefully, according to a new study by an international scientific team. Read more...

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...