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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.
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.
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.
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
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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Time to dive the Galapagos
Darwin and Wolf islands have the largest concentration of sharks in the world, and their marine protection has just been stepped up. If you haven't been - go now.
Dive Palau : The Shipwrecks
The wrecks of Palau are revealed by Rod Macdonald in this newly published book. Each wreck is covered in detail and is supported by underwater photography and great illustrations by renowned artist Rob Ward.
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Albania - Europe's next big diving area?
The Republic of Albania is opposite the heel of Italy and north of Greece. It borders the Mediterranean, with the South-West of Albania on the Ionian Sea and the North-West on the Adriatic. Many dive sites in Albania have yet to be explored. It is a new area for diving, but the number of dive centres is increasing.
Galapagos Islands home to largest shark biomass in the world
The islands of Darwin and Wolf in the far north of the Galapagos Marine Reserve though, are known for their large shark abundance, making them a global scuba diving and conservation hotspot. New study has found that they are home to the largest shark biomass on the planet
Jellyfish stings: treat with hot water not cold
Jellyfish stings are responsible for more deaths than shark attacks each year. Even mild stings can hurt for hours to days and leave lasting scars. According to some estimates, more than 150 million people are stung by jellyfish each year. New research shows that applying hot packs or immersing in hot water is much better for treating jellyfish stings than cold water which was previously widely recommended.
Right whales threatened by planned seismic surveys
A series of seismic surveys for oil and gas planned for the mid- and southeastern Atlantic coastal areas of the United States pose a substantial threat to one of the world's rarest whales, according to a group of renowned marine mammal scientists urging a halt to the surveys.
Diving the Bay Islands of Honduras
The best diving in Honduras is in the Bay Islands. These comprise Roatan, Utila and Guanaja which are part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Of these, Utila has the better diving, and has the added advantage of being cheaper than Roatan.The best time to dive the Bay Isands is April and May when the weather is warm and dry. You might see whale sharks at any time of the year but mid February to April are the peak months. Sea temperatures are warm throughout the year, at coldest it is 26 oC at the surface (January and February).
IUCN Oceans Photographer of the Year 2016 now Open
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched its 2016 Oceans Photography contest. Photographers are invited to submit up to three photos in six categories, including marine life, destinations, human impact and marine conservation.
Underwater robots make independent decisions
When acoustic sensors aboard an autonomous underwater vehicle detected the right size and concentration of squid, it triggered a mission: to report the robot's position in the water and then map the area in finer detail.
The best scuba dive sites in Bali
Although small Bali has a wide variety of dive sites, some suiting beginners and others with fierce currents and only for experienced divers. Highlights include Tulamben's awesome Liberty wreck, the reef manta rays of Nusa Penida and the fascinating macro marine life of Tulamben and Seraya Secrets.
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Lion's Mane Jellyfish: Big and Dangerous
With tentacles up to three metres long and covered with stinging cells, it's better not to get too close to the Lion's Mane jellyfish. It's body can be 2 metres across, making it one of the largest species of jellyfish.
Blackwater Image wins Ocean Art Underwater Photography Contest
Extraordinary blackwater photo of an eel larva, which has been photographed a handful of times before, wins the 2015 Ocean Art Underwater Photo contest. Organised by the Underwater Photography Guide, the competition saw over $70,000 of prizes awarded to 75 underwater photographers.
$7 Million Prize for developing Ocean Explorer
A global competition is challenging teams to design an underwater vehicle to explore the deep sea. It must map the seafloor, produce images of specific objects, identify archeological, biological or geological features and, for a bonus, track a chemical or biological signal to its source.
Diving with Crocodiles
Botswana - that land-locked country. Not the first place you might think of for a diving holiday. But you can now go diving with Nile Crocodiles in the Okavango Delta!
Scuba diving incidents up in 2015
The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) has published its Annual Diving Incident Report for 2015. This year's report records a total of 226 incidents, up by ten on last year. However, fatalities were the lowest for twenty years.
The fast and deadly Great Barracuda is Creature of the Month
The Great barracuda is amongst the top predators in their environment and use very highly developed smell and vision senses to locate their prey. When attacking, the barracuda will charge at fast speed (approximately 12 ms-1) and ram their target. They then unleash the power of their jaws which allows them to slice through their prey, even those larger than the barracuda itself. The jaw of the barracuda is formed in such a way that the upper and lower jaws form rows of teeth. The top jaw has smaller serrated teeth on the outside and larger canines on the inside, and the teeth of the lower jaw fit between them when the mouth is shut. When the jaw closes this acts like scissors and slices through prey with ease.
Where and why to dive in Cuba?
Nearly 100 of the world's 500 shark species are found around Cuba. The Cuban government is currently developing new measures to both protect the most vulnerable species and guard against overfishing of all shark species in Cuban waters.