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Divers put hold on wreck-treasure sale

18 February 2017
Veteran wreck divers have succeeded in putting a hold on a planned auction of gold and jewellery found on the wreck of the 19th-century steam clipper Royal Charter off Anglesey.
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Money & Philip rule among British freedivers

17 February 2017
Competitive freedivers Tim Money and Liv Philip have been named male and female National Champions of the sport by the British Freediving Association (BFA). The annual awards are based on competition results across all disciplines in the pool and open water.
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Hold your breath, flatties - it's a seal!

15 February 2017
We know that marine creatures have finely tuned senses, but to be able to pinpoint from a distance a motionless, well-camouflaged flatfish in murky water through its breathing alone is sensitivity almost off the scale. That however is what researchers believe that harbour seals are able to achieve with the help of their whiskers.
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Dancing octo wins Barathieu UPY title

14 February 2017
The title Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 has gone to Frenchman Gabriel Barathieu for his image Dancing Octopus. Taken at Mayotte island off east Africa in the Indian Ocean, there was only a foot of water in the lagoon at spring low tide when Barathieu took his winning picture.
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Sabah archaeologists oversee WW2 wreck destruction

13 February 2017
A WW2 Japanese shipwreck dive-site off the coast of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo has been destroyed - as the result of "research work" commissioned by the local university's archaeological unit.
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Perks sets his sights on TV

10 February 2017
Freshwater scuba-diver and cameraman Jack Perks has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance the making of a pilot TV programme for a proposed wildlife-photography series.
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Indian team breaks human-chain record

8 February 2017
Guinness World Records has ratified the record for longest human chain under water, following the achievement of 182 Indian divers in the sea off Koh Tao, Thailand.
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Dining at depth in Brussels

6 February 2017
Until now scuba divers training at the NEMO33 deep pool in Brussels have had to surface when they get hungry, and eat at the complex's Thai restaurant. But now, for 99 euros per head, they have the option of staying submerged to enjoy fine dining at 5m.
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Divers find Sharkwater film-maker's body

5 February 2017
The body of missing Canadian film-maker and eco-activist Rob Stewart was found late on Friday (3 February), near the 70m-deep wreck he had been diving off the Florida Keys.
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Ancient fish-sauce carrier found in Med

4 February 2017
The wreck of an ancient Roman ship carrying as many as 2000 amphoras has been found 70m deep off Cabrera, a small uninhabited island off southern Majorca, and dived by an archaeological team.
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Funds grow to maintain search for Stewart

3 February 2017
An online appeal set up to support extended search efforts for missing Canadian diver Rob Stewart had already attracted more than US $150,000 in donations as the search entered its third day (Friday, 3 February).
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Divers explore 17th-century Swedish warship

2 February 2017
Marine archaeologists have identified a wreck discovered in the naval harbour of Karlskrona in southern Sweden as the Blekinge, a 17th-century warship as big as the world-famous Vasa.
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Sharkwater director missing off Florida Keys

1 February 2017
Canadian diver Rob Stewart, best known as director of the award-winning documentary film Sharkwater, went missing in late afternoon on Tuesday (31 January) while wreck diving near Islamorada in the upper Florida Keys.
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Two charged with removing Hermes artefacts

31 January 2017
Two men have been charged in connection with the alleged removal of items from a sunken Royal Navy warship in the English Channel.
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'Two continents, two hemispheres, two climates - one winner'

30 January 2017
An unlikely rivalry between underwater macro photographers based at dive centres in Indonesia and Norway looks set to become a bi-annual event. Dates for round two of the Lembeh-Gulen Critter Shootout have just been announced, and the search is on for competitors.
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Diver/skipper de Wit survives bull-shark attack

28 January 2017
Well-known Australian diver and skipper of the PNG-based Golden Dawn liveaboard Craig de Wit has survived a bull-shark attack in the Coral Sea.
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Diving from a 4000-berth liveaboard

27 January 2017
Royal Caribbean International says it has become the first cruise line to provide onboard PADI 5* dive-centres for its guests.
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Diving archaeologists find half a goddess

25 January 2017
The 2700-year-old terracotta statue of what is thought to be a Cypriot goddess has been discovered at an ancient shipwreck site off Turkey's south-western coast, near Bozburun, Marmaris.
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Don Walsh leads virtual anniversary deep descent

23 January 2017
Today (23 January) is the 57th anniversary of the first descent to the ocean's deepest point. To mark the occasion the surviving explorer, 85-year-old oceanographer Don Walsh, is sharing the experience - by narrating an immersive 360 virtual-reality film based on the historic bathyscaphe dive.
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Diver dies in Finnish mine

22 January 2017
A diver has died in the flooded Ojamo lime-mine, Finland's most popular cave-diving site.
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Ocean-warming hits Japan's biggest reef

20 January 2017
Seventy per cent of Japan's biggest coral reef, the Sekisei Lagoon in Okinawa, has been destroyed by bleaching, and 90% of it has been affected, according to Japan's Environment Ministry.

Dead diver's family call for enquiry

18 January 2017
Relatives of a London Metropolitan police officer who died in a diving incident in British Columbia, Canada in 2015 have called for tougher regulation of the sport.

Ruby seadragons make live debut

17 January 2017
Two live ruby seadragons have been captured on video for the first time since the species was identified in 2015.

Turkish lake-divers find Russian wreck

16 January 2017
A Turkish dive-team has discovered the wreck of the Akdamar, a Russian military cargo vessel built in 1915, in Lake Van in eastern Turkey.

Crowdfunders pay for whale-shark tagging

14 January 2017
A crowdfunding appeal has resulted in two whale sharks being tagged by divers in the Tadjura Gulf off Djibouti.

Jellyfish shot scores in Ocean Art

12 January 2017
Australian underwater photographer Matty Smith's shot of a bluebottle - otherwise known as a Pacific man o' war jellyfish (Physalia utriculus) - has won the title Best of Show in the pre...

President unveils Lanzarote's underwater museum

10 January 2017
The final phase of underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor's monumental artificial-reef project Museo Atlantico in the Canary islands is officially inaugurated today (10 January) by Lan...

Russian instructor 'bordered on perfection'

9 January 2017
DAN MasterTrim 2016, claimed to be the first international competition for scuba buoyancy control, has been won by Russian diving instructor Alexandra "Sasha" Karnilovich.

Diving stars at free London event

7 January 2017
Paul Rose and Dawn Kernagis, both star speakers at the DIVE 2016 show at the NEC, Birmingham last October, headline again together in March, this time at a fund-raising event in London.

Arsonists ruined dive-club's Christmas

6 January 2017
A dive-club could be forced to close down following the loss of an estimated £20,000 worth of dive-gear in a fire in the Staffordshire town of Kidsgrove over Christmas.

Two in five divers report tooth troubles

4 January 2017
Many recreational scuba divers experience dental discomfort under water, if new research from the USA is to be believed. Forty-one of the 100 respondents to an online pilot survey reporte...

Dutch wreck yields 400-year-old carpet fragment

2 January 2017
Fragile textiles rarely survive long exposure to salt water, but a group of Netherlands divers recently found fragments of an early 17th-century oriental carpet among other fabrics on the...

Dead 'diver' in Thailand was American

31 December 2016
Police in Pattaya, Thailand have identified the "diver" whose body was found tied to a concrete post off the island of Koh Lan as American Frank Thomas Kech, 52.

Wreck-diver winkles out Dilys the terrapin

29 December 2016
Martin Woodward is a celebrated UK diver who has dived some 600 of the many wrecks that lie around his home base of the Isle of Wight.

Pyle comes up with a presidential fish

27 December 2016
Richard Pyle is well-known as the diver who popularised the theory of deep decompression stops or "Pyle Stops", but the icthyologist recently discovered a previously unknown deep-reef fis...

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Sardine Run shot has wow factor

24 December 2016
Selected from thousands of entries, an underwater photograph of sardine predation off South Africa's Wild Coast was the winning image in the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer o...

GBR operators 'at a loss' after serial deaths

23 December 2016
Great Barrier Reef tourism operators have said they are "at a bit of a loss as to what we can do" following the latest fatality in mid-December. It was the fifth death of an elderly snork...

Armchair dive on the Coronation

21 December 2016
It's aimed at non-divers, but if you just want a taster before diving the real thing, Historic England has commissioned a virtual wreck discovery trail for the protected historic wreck-si...

MMO ignores Cornwall dredge campaigners

20 December 2016
Local campaigners in the Falmouth area of Cornwall have joined Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Friends of the Earth representatives to deliver 6550 protest letters to the Marine Man...