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Bali beach cleanup clears 40 tonnes of rubbish
Working with a number of Bali-based organisations, the campaign was able to recruit an estimated 12,000 people to participate and collect 40 tons of garbage across 55 locations around the island

Worst-ever coral bleaching event continues into fourth year
Sea surface temperatures are so high across much of the tropics that many reefs will suffer severe bleaching for an unprecedented fourth year in a row. Divers in Australia are already reporting new bleaching in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef, where last year half of corals in the worst-hit areas died.

200th Issue of SCUBA News Now Up!
We're delighted to reach the 200th issue of our newsletter SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011). You can read it and subscribe now at

From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish
Eight million tonnes of waste plastic ends up in the sea each year. Fish eat it - and then we do. How bad is it for us?

Which sunscreens are safe for sea life?
It's a minefield trying to buy a sunscreen which doesn't harm the sea life. Even those trumpeting their green credentials are not always free from harmful chemicals and components. You have to read the label very carefully. So what are the nasties of which scuba divers and snorkellers should be wary?

Ocean acidification may be good for thriving marine snails
Tiny marine snails have challenged doomsday assumptions that ocean acidification driven by global warming will inevitably render the oceans sterile.While there's no doubt that many species will suffer, the fate of the tiny snails (Eatoniella mortoni), nicknamed turfwinkles by researchers, living near carbon dioxide-rich ocean vents suggests that at least some species may thrive

66 Islands in Croatia - Which to Dive?
You can dive in Croatia between May and November. It is quietest in September and October and the water is still warm then. See where Croatia's best dive sites are.

Brittle Stars that Steal Food From Jellyfish!
They are what's called KLEPTOPARASITES. In other words, they take food directly away from the jellyfish out of the mouth or the oral arms, stealing or scavenging food from the jellyfish which are known as big pelagic predators.

Welcome Chloe's Diving Center to the SCUBA Travel Site
With brand new equipment Chloe's Diving Center Hurghada offer daily diving excursions, diving courses, water activities and diving safaris in Egypt's Red Sea.

Cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Can we engineer our way towards cleaner oceans?

Whale sharks' secrets revealed by live-tracking aquatic drones
Whale sharks dive deep and swim far, making them hard to monitor. A Honduras project is using aquatic drones to track the world's biggest fish in real time

Ocean Art Underwater Photography Winners 2016 Announced
Australian photographer Matty Smith has won Ocean Art's best-in-show 2016 for his dazzling Pacific Man of War image titled Blue Lasso.

Seals hunt down hidden fish by sensing their breath in the sand
It's a slasher film scenario playing out in nature. Harbour seals use their whiskers to follow underwater vibrations rippling away from gills of fish so they can home in on prey.

SCUBA News 199 Now Up
Latest issue of SCUBA News - ISSN 1476-8011 - now up at

Japan criticised after whale slaughtered in Australian waters
Australia's environment minister says government deeply disappointed after Sea Shepherd photos show minke whale killing in Antarctic sanctuary

Great White Sharks DON'T mistake surfers for seals
It's commonly said that sharks, especially great white sharks, mistake surfers for seals when looking at them from below and thus bite them by mistake. New research shows this not to be the case.

Massive Genetic Study of Humpback Whales to Inform Conservation Assessments of Ocean Giants
Study confirms need to protect unique humpback whales in Arabian Sea

Thousands hold Global Protest Day to support world's largest mangrove forest
Plans for a huge power plant situated near the world's largest mangrove forest in Bangladesh has incited outrage from many Bangladeshi conservationists and citizens. This weekend, those in other countries rose up to show their criticism of the project, with a Global Protest Day stirring protests around the world. Environmental NGO representatives estimate thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday, January 7, to show their opposition to the Rampal power plant and their support of the Sundarbans mangrove.

China's ivory ban is great, now for shark fins and tiger bone
Beijing's ban on ivory is very welcome and could save the African elephant, but it must do the same for rhinos, pangolins, sharks and more, says Richard Schiffman

Diving the Weird and Wonderful Browning Pass
The Browning Pass was so full of life this year that it appeared to be moving at times. Massive schools of Puget Sound Rock fish, along with other juveniles, were so thick in some spots it ruined some photographs. Some divers even accidentally brought them back on board the boat when they became trapped in their dive gear.

3D ocean map tracks ecosystems in unprecedented detail
Tool to divide water masses into precise categories can help in conservation planning.

The best of the wildlife photography awards 2016 - in pictures
Winning images from national and international wildlife photography competitions of the year

Phytoplankton Cycles Viewed Through Space-Based Sensor
Scientists succeeded in getting their first continuous look at the boom-bust cycles that drive polar plankton communities by using a space-based sensor capable of seeing through darkness, clouds and fog.

Sipadan - what you need to know
Sipadan is one of the best dive areas in the world - read all about it at

SCUBA Travel release 2016 Scuba Best Sellers List
Revealed: The 10 most popular Scuba Diving books and DVDs of 2016

The best dive sites of Baja California
Baja California is a peninsula jutting out below the American state of California and separating the Pacific from the Sea of Cortez. It has some beautiful diving, especially in Los Cabos, Cabo Pulmo and the Revillagigedo Islands.

Mussel-strong glue bonds underwater sensors
Mussels secrete a combination of natural liquid superglues and stretchy fibres, called byssal threads, that works equally well in saltwater and freshwater; can stick to both hard and soft surfaces; and is strong enough to withstand the roughest sea conditions.

Best diving in Thailand - the Andaman Sea
From now until April is the time to visit the best dive sites of Thailand - in the Andaman Sea. The marine reserves have re-opened and the diving season just begun.

Morocco climate summit looks to the ocean for solutions
Conserving ocean ecosystems can play an important role in combatting climate change - and one that is increasingly being recognised.

Diving Colombia
Colombia has diving in both the Caribbean and Pacific. The driest time to go to the Pacific side is January, February, March or the middle of August. For the Caribbean, April to November is best.Some of the best diving on Colombia's Caribbean coast is at San Andres and Providencia Islands. The coral reef here is said to be the world's third largest. The area is in the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve.The Pacific coast offers more challenging diving, with stronger currents. You are more likely to see big stuff like sharks, tuna and even humpback whales here. World class dive sites include Malpelo, a remote seamount 500 kilometres west Colombia, famous for schooling hammerheads and silky sharks. Only one liveaboard visits at a time and soon the only liveaboards going will operate out of Colombia. It can be dangerous diving Malpelo on a boat with inexperienced crew. A tragic incident occurred this year when divers were lost. We recommend only going with a reputable liveaboard like the Yemaya.

Thailand diving season starts - find a liveaboard to the best dive sites
From now to April is the best time to dive the Andaman sea - the weather is calm and the visibility good. The best dive sites are reached by liveaboard boat.

For big pelagics dive Brazil
From manta rays to whale sharks, offshore Brazil has world-class diving

Is mislabelling good for fish?
It's no secret that mislabelling is rampant around the world. Recent studies estimate up to 30 percent of seafood served in restaurants and sold in supermarkets is actually something other than what is listed on the menu or label.

Diver found alive after spending 14 hours overnight in the ocean
The man, 68, went missing diving the SS Yongala wreck off the Queensland coast but was found 50km away the next day

Terrific Diving at the Deep South Atolls of the Maldives
Most Maldives liveaboards visit the Central Atolls of the Maldives. What if we want to be different and explore the diving deeper in the south?

Where to dive in the Turks and Caicos?
The Turks and Caicos island chains are separated by the 1.8km-deep Turks Island Passage where humpback whales migrate. The islands are famous for their wall dives dropping off down to the deeps

Squid - the Prawn Cocktail of the 21st Century - but is it OK to eat?
Squid from Japan gets the green light for sustainability but you should treat calamari from other fisheries with caution.

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Careers in Scuba Diving - Meet the Author
Kenneth Tuttle Wilhelm gives invaluable advice for anyone considering working in the diving industry. He discusses burnout, finding lucrative sidelines and the best places to work and dive.

Robomussels monitor climate change
Robot mussels have the shape, size and colour of actual mussels, but have miniature built-in sensors that track temperatures inside the mussel beds.

Bull shark seen in Mississippi
One of the extraordinary things about bull sharks is that they are as happy in freshwater as they are in the sea. They have even been seen far inland up the Mississippi river. Many spend time in the freshwater Lake Nicaragua - jumping up the river like salmon to get there.

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Welcome Local Dive Thailand to the SCUBA Travel site
Phuket's leaders in scuba diving day trips and PADI courses

Where to scuba dive in Antigua?
The sea is always warm in Antigua. One side of the island is good for learning to dive, the other for experienced divers.

Accommodation for Divers in Dominica
The diving in Dominica currently is nearly all on the Caribbean side of the island, so that is where to base yourself. Although there is good diving throughout Dominica, the best is in the South. We'd recommend spending some time in all areas: North, South and Middle. It is only a small island and you can travel from one end to the other in a couple of hours.

Why dive in Oman?
The Sultanate of Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. Tourism is on the rise, with diving being one of Oman's attractions.The coastline extends 1700 km and borders three seas - the Arabian or Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. The capital is Muscat (Masqat), in the North East. There are probably between 1300 and 1500 different species of fish to be found in the coastal waters of Oman.

Scuba Diver's Guide to Indonesia
What you need to know before visiting Indonesia: scuba diving, tipping, visas, currency, children. Where to go and how to get there.

Blue whales' unique feeding habits revealed by sensors
Whales are the biggest animals to ever have existed on Earth, and yet some subsist on tiny creatures. How they do this is only just being uncovered.

Sharm el-Sheikh flights to resume soon?
The British Government should lift the ban on travel to the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as a crumbling tourism industry in the region could leave it "vulnerable to radicalisation", the head of the cross-party parliamentary group on Egypt told the Daily Telegraph.

Ocean Art Underwater Photography Contest 2016 Now Open
Enter the Ocean Art underwater photography competition to win one of $75000 of prizes.

Beneath India's Islands
Isolated and unspoilt, India's Lakshadweep and Andaman Islands have fabulous diving.

When and where to dive in the Maldives
Serious diving resorts include Biyadoo - very good food as they grow their own fruit and vegetables and Elaidoo. The best option for divers though is a liveaboard.

Revealed: Why Malta and Gozo have some of the best dives in Europe
Year round diving, clear waters and $75 off diving - read more

The two sides of diving the Dominican Republic
Atlantic or Caribbean? Wrecks, reefs or caves?

70% of Great Barrier Reef visitors are there to see it before it goes
Tourists are hurrying to experience Australia's Great Barrier Reef before it's gone, says new report.

Welcome Lanzarote Dive Centre to the SCUBA Travel site
Friendly, professional dive centre, customer focused on safe fun diving for beginners to pros and tec divers alike.

Oceana completes Malta marine survey - identifies hundreds of species
Oceana has concluded its at-sea research in Malta to explore deep-sea areas, underwater caves and sandbanks. Findings include species that hadn't previously been recorded in the Mediterranean.

Maldives citizen science aims to protect turtles
Of the seven species of marine turtles in the world, five species have been recorded in the Maldives. A new paper recommends stringent protection measures for the Maldives' turtles, including strict penalties for anyone catching or killing turtles or collecting eggs.

World's Best Wildlife Dive Sites
From the sardine run to swimming pigs - a diver's wish-list for finding the very best underwater wildlife experiences.

Diving the Canary Islands
Thanks to the Canary current bringing nutrient-rich upwellings, the Canary islands have lots of sea life and great underwater architecture created by lava flows

Diving Unspoilt Papua New Guinea
The diving in Papua New Guinea is spectacular - with waters jam-packed full of fish

Personal care products "still polluting oceans with microbeads despite company promises"
A ranking of the world's 30 largest personal care companies, published today by Greenpeace, shows that big brands are failing to remove microplastics from their products.

Cocos Islands - World Class Diving at World Heritage Site
300 miles off Costa Rica the Cocos Islands are a great place to see pelagic species like marlin, sailfish and sharks when they visit the islands to feed and mate.

Whale sharks added to endangered species list
Whale sharks and slender hammerheads are nearer extinction due to human actions.

Diving Providenciales - what to expect
In the Turks and Caicos islands - insider tips for getting the best out of a diving trip to Provo island

Lionfish begin invasion into Mediterranean Sea: Cyprus already colonised
Scientists urge divers to remove Mediterranean lionfish as they are a huge threat to native species

The most intelligent invertebrate - what can the octopus do?
The octopus can remove lids from child-proof bottles, unlock and open boxes and recognise people - shaking hands with some and squirting water at others.

Welcome Manta Divers to the SCUBA Travel Site
With some of the cheapest prices in the Maldives, Manta Divers are on the island of Guraidhoo in the South Male Atoll.

Diving in Italy
Read divers' reviews of dive centres around Italy. Where to go and which to choose.

Underwater robot could help in search and rescue
One use for a robot like this is during underwater search and rescue operations. The robot modules could split up and search for survivors and recombine to lift heavy objects and open a passageway.

Great Barrier Reef - best liveaboard or dive operator?
Read real divers' reviews of diving Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Malaysia creates its largest marine park in diving hotspot
Malaysia has created the Tun Mustapha Marine Park - its largest yet. In the coral triangle, the new park will help protect almost 1 million hectares of coral reef, mangrove and seagrass and fishing grounds including more than 50 islands.

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More fish in Indonesia shark sanctuary
Good news for Indonesia's shark sanctuary: sharks and other fish are more abundant within zones with fishing restrictions according to a new study. Bad news for the people who fish for a living - they sometimes turned to crime to make ends meet.

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Best dive operator in the Philippines?
More reviews from divers in the Philippines. Find which get the 5 fish rating and which to avoid.

First evidence of multiple paternity in bull sharks
A single litter of bull shark pups can have two fathers, say French researchers.