DIVER TRAVEL NEWS

Ocean Art is back – with prizes

Hot on the heels of the call for entries to this year’s Masters Underwater Imaging Competition, reported recently on Divernet, comes another  prestigious landmark in the international photo-contest calendar – the 2021 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition....
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FREE October DIVER out now!

TO ENSURE prompt delivery of DIVER Magazine during the continuing period of coronavirus disruption a special FREE digital version of the OCTOBER issue has been produced to replace the normal paper copy....
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Maldives diver set for two-day immersion

There was disappointment for UK scuba divers yesterday (26 August) as it was announced that the Maldives would remain on the government’s red list for travel.  However, plans are going ahead to mark the Indian Ocean nation’s 50 years in the diving industry next year, centring on a 50-hour scuba dive to be carried out by Maldivian technical diver Shafraz “Shaff” Naeem....
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Divers shift seagrass seeds and nets

Scuba divers from the Ocean Conservation Trust (OCT) and Project Baseline UK have collected more than half a million seeds from healthy seagrass meadows in the Solent off the Isle of Wight. The seeds are to be transplanted to other parts of the Solent where the grass has been lost or degraded....
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Blue whales back in Spanish killing grounds

The world’s biggest mammal, the blue whale, is returning to the coast of north-west Spain where it was hunted almost to extinction until 35 years ago. Marine biologists are divided about the reasons for their reappearance, however, some arguing that it is caused by folk memory and others by climate change....
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Cuttlefish never forget a meal or a mate

Cuttlefish can remember what, where, and when specific things happened right up to their last few days of life, researchers have found – and the memories of elderly cuttlefish remain as good as those of the younger generation....
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Sea snake strike? Divers need to freeze

Unprovoked sea snake “attacks” on scuba divers appear to occur in the heat of passion, say researchers in Australia. They have concluded that it is mostly male snakes that approach divers – straight after a failed pursuit of a female during mating season....
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‘I scream for cleaner seas’

"I scream for cleaner seas" is the slogan of a summer campaign dreamt up by black spiced rum brand The Kraken and PADI Aware Foundation. It’s based on the marine-conservation charity’s estimate that it would take 16.7 million years for its divers around the world to remove every plastic item from the world’s oceans – the equivalent, it says, of more than six Ice Ages....
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FREE September DIVER out now!

TO ENSURE prompt delivery of DIVER Magazine during the continuing period of coronavirus disruption a special FREE digital version of the SEPTEMBER issue has been produced to replace the normal paper copy....
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Lost leg a first for Lakes diver

It’s not the first time divers have helped to return a lost prosthetic leg to a distraught owner, but it was a first for Lake District Diving’s Angus Hosking - and served to highlight the helpful service he offers....
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Dive safety school opens new doors

The International School of Diving Safety & Medicine (ISDSM) has opened new premises at the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) campus in Qala, Gozo in the Maltese Islands. The facility cost around 60,000 euros, including diving and dive-safety equipment....
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Marine trusts offer summer diversions

The Shark Trust is hoping to engage youngsters during the school summer holidays through its “activity bundles”. The charity has teamed up with education provider The Great Out-tours to produce a range of guided-learning resources inspired by sharks and rays. ...
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Bright lights kill Nemo

The closer to shore young anemonefish live, the faster they are likely to die as the result of exposure to artificial lighting, according to an international research team....
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Basking sharks meet to eat – and show off

Researchers studying video-tagged basking sharks in Scotland’s Sea of Hebrides have recorded the first complete breaching event, as well as what is thought to be the first sub-surface courtship display, consisting of nose-to-tail chasing and parallel swimming. ...
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Divers roam new forest in Cyprus

A well-populated forest is the latest underwater installation by eco-artist Jason deCaires Taylor, and the first sculpture garden for divers in Cyprus. Called the Museum of Underwater Sculpture Ayia Napa (MUSAN), it is located on the south-east coast and enables divers to take a guided tour among 93 integrated artworks in the form of trees and human figures. ...
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