HEPCA launches new flagship

Posted by - 18th April 2017

In continuation of the 25-year legacy of HEPCA and its pro-active intervention in the protection and conservation of the Red Sea environment, it has added an impressive new member to its fleet – the Amr Ali R/V Red Sea Defender. The new flagship of HEPCA, acquired in co-operation with the US Forest Service, is a specially

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Shrimp with rock star qualities

Posted by - 14th April 2017

A zoologist has given a new species of pistol shrimp the name of his favourite rock band, because it is able to produce a sound that is louder than stadium concerts. Dr Sammy de Grave, from Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History, was researching a pistol shrimp with a distinctive pink snapping claw that it

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Two-thirds of Great Barrier Reef affected by bleaching

Posted by - 11th April 2017

  In a time when climate change is a hot topic thanks to a certain TV-celebrity-turned-world-leader, it is worrying that aerial surveys have shown that unprecedented coral bleaching over consecutive years has significantly damaged some two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Bleaching occurs when coral is stressed and loses its protective algae, known as zooxanthellae,

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BDMLR helps stricken Formby seal

Posted by - 7th April 2017

  Members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) group stepped in to assist with a grey seal that was washed up on Formby Beach in a sorry state. The large metre-and-a-half , 81kg animal was first seen just after 9am on Monday 3 April. Chris Tyman, a ranger with Sefton Council, contacted the

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Orcas slaughtered in front of tourist boats

Posted by - 5th April 2017

  Cruise ship visitors to St Vincent were left shocked and visibly upset after seeing two orcas slaughtered by fishermen right in front of them. And TUI Discovery took tough action in retaliation, cancelling all of its whale- and dolphin-watching tours. According to Ken Issacs, who was a crew member on one of two Fantasea

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Earthwatch Institute expedition to the Great Barrier Reef

Posted by - 4th April 2017

Global not-for-profit environmental charity Earthwatch aims to bring individuals from all walks of life together with world-class scientists to work for the good of the planet. Their latest scientific expedition is heading to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The leading scientist of this expedition is Dr David Bourne from the Australian Institute of Marine Science. The

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UPDATE: Key Largo dive centre named in Rob Stewart lawsuit

Posted by - 30th March 2017

More details of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Canadian director/film-maker Rob Stewart have emerged, and Horizon Dive Centre, based in Key Largo, is also targeted, along with Stewart’s CCR instructor Peter Sotis (and his wife Claudia), and their company Add Helium. As reported in Scuba Diver last month, Canadian conservation hero

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The plight for a clean Falmouth

Posted by - 29th March 2017

For several years, Mark Milburn and his team of volunteer divers have been collecting rubbish from underwater around Falmouth. This year, they are teaming up with Fathoms Free, Falmouth Bay Residents Association and Falmouth Town Council to complete underwater, beach and street litter picks around the town and its beaches. Over the years, all sorts of

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Stewart family to file wrongful death lawsuit

Posted by - 28th March 2017

In a move many have been expecting, it has been announced that the family of Sharkwater director/film-maker Rob Stewart is preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit against several companies and individuals involved in his fateful Florida Keys tech dives in late-January. As reported in Scuba Diver last month, the Canadian conservation hero died on

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OUR-WORLD UNDERWATER SCHOLAR: Cave and island paradise

Posted by - 24th March 2017

  Towards the end of my year as the Scholar, the diving adventures keep getting more and more exciting. Last month, I was invited to join a cave film shoot with Evan Kovacs from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab. Thereafter, I flew out to the Falkland Islands and joined a scientific

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