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

DIVING NEWS

Kremlin orders whale release

Russia's government is reported to have ordered that nearly 87 beluga whales and 11 killer whales confined in cramped pens should be released - a decision that coincided with a recent visit to their enclosures by US oceanographer and diver Jean-Michel Cousteau. Read more...

Diver goes missing in Mexico

Extensive air and sea searches, funded by an appeal that raised $40,000 from 500 people in its first day, are continuing for a Canadian scuba diver who went missing off Cozumel in Mexico on Saturday, 16 March. Read more...

Conditions imposed as Brothers reopen

The Brother Islands reopen to divers today (16 March) following a closure period of more than three months - and a new decree from Egypt’s Red Sea Governorate has defined how diving is to be carried out at the location from now on. Read more...

Skipper speaks out at Maverick deaths review

A second pre-inquest review has been held into the deaths of three divers in separate incidents over nine months from the same Dover charter-boat, the Maverick - and its skipper has spoken publicly about the fatalities for the first time, according to a report in Kent Live. Read more...

Crowd-sourced science reveals hoodwinker

A sunfish until recently thought to exist only in the Southern Hemisphere has been washed ashore in Santa Barbara, California. The hoodwinker (Mola tecta, from tectus or “hidden”) was first discovered in New Zealand five years ago, and later described by scientists as the first new species of sunfish in 130 years. Read more...

Bid to dive Aquarius Reef Base

A rare opportunity has come up for recreational scuba divers to visit Florida’s Aquarius Reef Base, one of the world’s only undersea research laboratories - but it will involve a bidding war. Read more...

Diver to check out ‘Eldorado of the Seas’

An anchor trawled up by a fishing-boat off Cornwall is believed to be from the long sought-after 17th-century English galleon the Merchant Royal, which sank in 1641 with a substantial cargo of gold and silver. Local technical diver Mark Milburn plans to dive the site – but has also expressed fears that an unconsidered “gold rush” to find the wreck could prove dangerous. Read more...

Wreck archives surprise Spanish researchers

A total of 681 Spanish colonial ships wrecked off the Bahamas, Bermuda, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama and the US Atlantic coast have been catalogued in the first phase of a project carried out for Spain’s ministry of culture. Read more...

Shark-hunt shot wins UPY title

An image capturing the exact moment a pack of grey reef sharks catch and devour a parrotfish has seen British photographer Richard Barnden named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019. His exciting picture triumphed over 5000 others, entered by divers from 65 countries. Read more...

How METAL predicts oceanic shifts

Ocean warming has led to unprecedented marine biological changes on a global scale over the past decade – and a new study indicates that future temperature changes are set to have even more momentous effects on marine life. Read more...

Sea Shepherd captures dolphin-kill evidence

Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd has captured evidence of dolphins being killed by commercial fishing operations off France's Atlantic coast. The release of its photographs comes despite what the group says have been efforts by the fleets to conceal their activities. Read more...

Run-off is latest threat to GBR

As if Australia’s Great Barrier Reef hadn’t been hard-enough hit by the effects of climate change in the form of bleaching events and storm damage, the latest challenge it faces comes from a gigantic plume of polluted run-off from the mainland. Read more...