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A surprise new butterflyfish is described from the Philippine 'twilight zone'
A newly described species of brown-and-white Philippine butterflyfish -- the charismatic Roa rumsfeldi -- made a fantastic 7000-mile journey before surprising scientists with its unknown status.

Back in Time to PNG's Unspoilt Seas
The diving in Papua New Guinea is spectacular - with waters jam-packed full of fish. Expect walls, reefs and wrecks

Aqua Lung want to check your ADC Yoke Regulator
The problem is that a component of the ACD yoke system may not have been properly tightened to the recommended torque specification during manufacture.

Mexicos's Revillagigedo marine reserve will be the largest in North America
Mexican government announces its intent to create a new marine reserve around Revillagigedo Islands, the largest protected area of its kind in North America.

Whales and dolphins have rich human-like cultures and societies
Whales and dolphins live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects - much like human societies, according to researchers from Manchester Uheniversity.

Beautiful diving in Zanzibar
"Apparently they have a lot of nice hard and soft coral on this dive, but it was so full of fish that most of the time we couldn't see anything else."

Smoking ban planned at 20 Thailand Beaches
Smoking will soon be banned on 20 popular tourist beaches in Thailand which have beenfound to be constantly littered with huge numbers of discarded cigarette butts, according to the chief of marine and coastal resources.

New proposal would offer tax breaks to ocean-friendly restaurants in Honolulu
What if a business could save money by being ocean-friendly? A new proposal before the Honolulu City Council would offer a tax break to those restaurants.

Kittiwake wreck toppled onto side after tropical storm
One of Cayman's most-popular dive sites will never be the same after the passing of Tropical Storm Nate.According to eyewitness reports Sunday, the popular ex-USS Kittiwake shipwreck has been toppled on its port side and has been pushed towards and possibly onto the reef.

Trade in silky and thresher sharks now to be strictly regulated
International trade in silky and thresher sharks will now be strictly regulated, according to a press release by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Washing our Hands of Microbeads
There are nearly 3 trillion microbeads flushed down the drain every single year, polluting our lakes, rivers and oceans. Once these microbeads are in the sea, they are here to stay and are non-biodegradable.

50 Stunning Underwater Photos of the Azores
From nudibranchs to manta rays - click a photo for an enlargement

SCUBA News 208 Now Up
Latest issue of SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011) now out at

Diver finds British Vickers Wellington bomber in warplane graveyard off Sicily
Diver finds aircraft barely a hundred metres from the shore, a bomber believed to have crashed into the Mediterranean after being brought down by German guns during the Allied landings in 1943.

The Darkness Beckons
Review of the definitive cave-diving book by Martyn Farr

Welcome Spanish Dancer Divers, Zanzibar
New on the SCUBA Travel site - Spanish Dancer Divers - a trendy PADI 5 star Resort offering daily diving tours to the Mnemba Atoll Marine Park as well as daily diving tours to the best dive spots around Nungwi.

Shark Diving Tourists spend $25m in Australia
Shark diving tourism is a growing industry estimated to be worth more than $25.5 million annually in Australia.

Wreck of the Colossus - the find of a lifetime
How Todd Stevens found the remains of one of Nelson's ships, and the machinations when his find became public.

Jewels of the Sea - the Vibrant Anemones
Different species of jewel anemones are found in temperate waters around the world. Corynactis viridis occurs around the British Isles, South West Europe and in the Mediteranean. C. californica (also known as the strawberry anemone) is found from San Diego to British Columbia. C. autralis livesaround South East Australia.

Welcome Egypt Divers to the SCUBA Travel site
Dive the Red Sea with Egypt Divers

How French Polynesia created one of the largest shark sanctuaries in the world
In 2004, fishermen from Rangiroa were cutting lemon shark fins in front of several people. When people tried to intervene, the fishermen got aggressive and the scene was caught on film. Seeing the realities of what was happening, shock turned to action and dive centers around French Polynesia created a petition to stop the shark mutilation which received 60000 signatures.

Ningaloo - Australia's other Great Barrier Reef
Ningaloo Reef fringes Western Australia's coast from Shark Bay north to the Cape Range peninsula. It is the longest fringing barrier reef in Australia and is the only example in the world of extensive fringing coral reef on the west coast of a continent.

Anywhere beat the Galapagos for Scuba Diving?
With the largest shark biomass on the planet, warm water corals and antarctic fur seals - anywhere beat the Galapagos for diving?

SCUBA News announces the winners of World Dive Map contest
SCUBA News are pleased to announce the winners of our contest to win a map of the best dive sites in the world. Divers from around the world entered the draw and the lucky winners were...

Sailing drones are collecting data from the Arctic to the tropics help better understand how changes in the ocean are affecting weather, climate, fisheries and marine mammals. The wind and solar-powered research vehicles will travel thousands of miles across the ocean, reaching some areas never before surveyed with such specialised technology.

Suunto recalls wireless tank pressure transmitter and tank pod
Anyone who has either a Suunto wireless tank pressure transmitter or tank POD should take their products to an authorised Suunto dive dealer service centre for inspection and upgrade.

Welcome Mx Scuba to the SCUBA Travel site
Diving Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and the Cenotes.

Nearly 100 of the world's 500 shark species are found around Cuba.
There are many diving areas along Cuba's 5646 km of coast. The Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud), for example, is a marine reserve which is sheltered from the prevailing South East winds. It has caves, drop-offs and wrecks. Some of the best diving though is at the Jardines de la Reina archipelago.

Welcome Argentario Divers to the SCUBA Travel site
We're delighted to welcome Argentario Divers, Italy, to SCUBA Travel. Whether it's caves, wrecks or sea life you're after, visit the marine reserves of Argentario, Giglio and Giannutri Island.

Diving Placencia Belize - What you Need to Know before you Go
In the southern part of the friendly country of Belize lies a beach town with a knack for cheap happy hours, inexpensive good food as well as plenty of water based things to do. Placencia is a two street village that is about laid back as you can get. It is located at the end of a long peninsula with miles of beaches.

Okeanos Explorer returns from the Mountains in the Deep
Okeanos Explorer completes latest expedition with fabulous photos and videos of extraordinary deep sea creatures.

Caves and creatures underwater in Sardinia
Sardinia is surrounded by marine caves and cliffs shearing into the sea. You can dive here all year round.

Who to dive with in Hurghada?
Discover the best rated dive centres in Hurghada

Exploring the diving in Vietnam
Vietnam has a massive 3260 km of coastline, much of which is un-dived. As Vietnam is a relatively new destination for divers there are many areas of unspoilt diving, rich for exploration

Researchers need info from disabled divers and their instructors
Are you a disabled diver? Do you instruct or dive with disabled divers? Fill in a survey and win diving gear from Cressi.

50% Off the World Class Diving of Palau
Palau offers world-class diving with sea walls, sheer drop-offs, caves and an exuberance of marine life. Palau is by a deep trench which attracts large pelagic species like silky shark, manta rays, bigeye tuna, marlin and swordfish.

Diving into Caribbean yesteryear - Corn Islands Nicaragua
Little Corn is the only destination where I've experienced gregarious encounters with "friendly" nurse sharks on every dive.

Diving Malta after the Collapse of the Azure Window
Sadly the Azure Window collapsed into the sea during a storm in March 2017. The rubble starts from 10 metres and descends down to some 50 metres.

Welcome Nha Trang Fun Divers Vietnam to the SCUBA Travel site
Dive Vietnam with Nha Trang Fun Divers - free hotel pick-ups.

Diving with sharks - good or bad?
Does diving with sharks and rays affect their behaviour?

PADI sold for 700 million dollars
To consortium of wealthy families called Mandarinfish Holdings,

Florida sharks worth more alive than dead, says study
Shark-related dives in Florida generated more than $221 million in revenue and fuelled over 3700 jobs in 2016, according to a new report from Oceana. This compares to the total U.S. shark fin export market of just $1.03 million.

Meet the obscure plankton that influences climate, ocean ecosystems, and perhaps even evolution
Prochlorococcus, a cyanobacterium that is the smallest, most abundant photosynthesizing cell in the ocean, is responsible for 5% of global photosynthesis.

Great Barrier Reef suffers extreme coral bleaching for the second year in a row
12 months of above-average sea temperatures is cooking the reef alive

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All the Boats on the Ocean: How Government Subsidies Led to Global Overfishing
Most current fishing practices are neither economically nor biologically sustainable. Every year, the world spends 80 billion dollars buying fish that cost 105 billion dollars to catch, even as heavy fishing places growing pressure on stocks that are already struggling with warmer, more acidic oceans. How have we developed an industry that is so wasteful, and why has it been so difficult to alter the trajectory toward species extinction?

Azure Window Falls
Voted one of the top 100 dive sites in the World, Gozo's Inland Sea to the Azure Window has been shattered.The imposing arch collapsed this morning during a storm.

The best-rated diving company on the SCUBA Travel site is...
Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures. They not only keep their divers happy, they are equally committed to protecting the environment.

Marine Life Heaven at Baja California
Home to the marine biodiversity hot spot of Cabo Pulmo, Baja California has world class diving.

Head for the Med: Scuba Diving Greece
Until 2005, divers were given access to just 620 miles of the 10,000 miles of Greek coastline. Then the legislation changed and diving is now allowed throughout the seas of Greece. So where should you go?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.