German customs officers have confiscated whale meat snacks being sold by a Norwegian stall at Berlin’s Green Week. The stallholders could face prosecution and up to a 5 year jail term. Following a tip-off, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society brought the sale of the meat to the attention of the German Federal Environment Ministry. […]
“My theory on choosing dive companies via the internet is simple: if the pictures of divers have happy expressions and there is at least one photo of an ocean-loving dog on the site, the dive shop has to be good” writes Karen Begelfer in her book Manta Rays and Margaritas.
SCUBA Travel release bestselling diving books of 2013 list. Published annually this top ten showcases the most popular scuba literature and guidebooks.
Great white sharks may be among the longest-lived fishes. New study finds the shark can live over three times longer than previously estimated, which may mean it is even more vulnerable than thought.
Over $80,000 of prizes has been awarded to 64 underwater photographers, in the annual Ocean Art competition. Organised by the Underwater Photography Guide, judges included the renowned Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Todd Winner. The best of show was a stunning wide-angle photo shot under the ice by Victor Lyagushkin in Russia. This […]
Sick and dying starfish (sea stars) have appeared in a multitude of locations between Alaska and southern California. “It’s like a zombie wasteland,” says biologist Emily Tucker told Nature. “You’ll see detached arms crawling away from their body.” Called Sea Star Wasting Disease, it can cause the death of an infected starfish in just a […]
The European Union has rejected the opportunity to ban deep-sea bottom trawling, giving in to industry demands at the expense of fish stocks. Deep-sea species are caught in deep waters in the Atlantic beyond the main fishing grounds on the continental shelves, in depths up to 4000 metres. Their habitats and ecosystems are largely unknown […]
The devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. Now, a team of scientists has published a set of studies in the journal Science that shed light on what caused the dramatic displacement of the […]
The massive Conger Eel grows to almost 3 m (10 ft) long, the females often being bigger than the males. At night they hunt fish and crustaceans like crabs and lobsters. In spite of this divers often see crustaceans sharing a hole with a conger. Congers breed only once in their lives, at between 5 and 15 years of age. They migrate to deep water to spawn – some sources say as deep as 4000 m.
Scientists and engineers have achieved the first step in developing a cost-effective micro sensor for long-term monitoring of ocean acidification. The new technology, that will measure pH levels in seawater, was developed by engineers from the National Oceanography Centre, in close collaboration with oceanographers from University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science, which is based […]