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Diver Ballesta triumphs with his Creation

A scuba diver has emerged as overall winner of one of the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competitions. French underwater photographer and marine biologist Laurent Ballesta won the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Grand Title with his image Creation, showing camouflage grouper exiting their milky cloud of eggs and sperm in Fakarava, French Polynesia....
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Divers invited to join AWARE Week

PADI’s fourth annual AWARE Week takes place from Saturday 18 to 26 September, with the training agency inviting eco-conscious divers to take part in a programme of live and virtual events, activities and courses, with the aim of advancing conservation-awareness and local engagement....
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Ancient warship rams discovered

Two bronze warship rams, ammunition and armour have been discovered at the site of the ancient Battle of the Egadi Islands off western Sicily. Victory in the naval action in 241 BC led to Rome triumphing over its arch-rival Carthage in the First Punic War....
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Scapa skipper ordered to pay £290,000

In a landmark legal action likely to have serious ramifications for dive-charter businesses, the nine-year-old son of Lex Warner, the technical diver who died in Scotland in August 2012 following an injurious fall on a boat-deck, has been awarded £290,000 in compensation....
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Divers invited to enter the Masters

Underwater photographers and videographers looking to pitch their work against others on the international stage have been invited to enter the DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2021, which opened for entry yesterday (31 August)....
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Bahamas deaths blamed on DCI

Spearfishing fatalities are not uncommon around the world, usually occurring among freedivers, but two men have died in the Bahamas while using compressed air and suffering what was reported to be decompression illness (DCI)....
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Bill’s big loop amazes researchers

The longest-ever observed migration by a southern right whale has been recorded by marine biologists in New Zealand, after a satellite tag that should have lasted six months has carried on working for more than a year....
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UK shark-fin ban confirmed

Campaigners have welcomed the UK's formal announcement that from next year it will become the first European nation to ban the import and export of shark fins and any products containing them, including shark fin soup....
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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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