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Plastics threat to filter-feeders

5 February 2018
Amid current concerns about the effects of microplastics on marine mammals, fish and birds, the extent of the threat to large filter-feeding animals has not been fully recognised until now.

Hack means NAS needs help with anchors

4 February 2018
The distribution of particular types of anchor can indicate old trade-routes or mark the progress of exploration. Sometimes anchors are the last remaining visible symbol of an incident at sea - whether cut loose in emergency or marking the last resting place of a shipwreck.

Sun blamed for failure to follow drift-divers

3 February 2018
More details have emerged about the incident in which two divers were left behind by their dive-boat off Apo island in the Philippines on 29 January.

Australia accused of back-tracking on shark protection

2 February 2018
Australia's government has been criticised for opting out of a recent international pact to protect three species of threatened sharks and rays.

How crabs use hydroids to go fishing

1 February 2018
Decorator crabs like to cover themselves with invertebrates such as algae, sponges and hydrozoans, and this has always been associated with camouflage and, where the covering includes stinging cells, armed protection from predators.

Diver banner raises protests in Thailand

31 January 2018
A dive-boat has been banned from entering a section of a marine park in Thailand, after a group of its divers were allowed to hold up a sign on a coral head congratulating a Japanese diver on completing 200 dives.

Divers abandoned by boat off Apo

30 January 2018
Two divers visiting the Philippines were left by their boat to drift until they were rescued late last night (29 January).

Spate of deaths raises concerns in Maui

29 January 2018
Two scuba divers and four snorkellers have died in separate incidents off the Hawaiian island of Maui - in the space of eight days.

Baltic wreck-preservation outdoes itself

27 January 2018
Several unusually well-preserved 17th- and 18th-century shipwrecks have been discovered in the Baltic Sea in recent years - but now divers have explored two significantly older ships found there.

'Marine motorhome for microbes' is killing coral

26 January 2018
The focus on plastic pollution in the oceans has until now been on the dangers of it entering the food-chain. But new research from the USA's Cornell University indicates that the problem is considerably greater, with plastics joining forces with climate-change to kill coral reefs.

Diver discovery doubles numbers of rare walking fish

25 January 2018
A team of divers in Australia have discovered a new population of what is believed to be the world's rarest fish.

Red Sea turtle headshots wanted

23 January 2018
The help of scuba divers and snorkellers is being sought for a Red Sea citizen science project called TurtleWatch Egypt.

Diver pays £375 per undersized lobster

21 January 2018
A scuba diver has been fined £3750 after being caught with a bag of undersized lobsters in the Northumberland coastal village of Beadnell last September.

Have your say on NHS plans to cut pots

20 January 2018
NHS England is proposing to cut by a fifth the number of hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers in the country from 10 to 8, and has launched a 30-day public consultation to review the provision of these services.

Lab food-web shows ocean-warming danger

19 January 2018
Scientists from South Australia's University of Adelaide have succeeded in demonstrating how climate change can drive the collapse of marine "food-webs".

Divers claim world's biggest cave-system in Mexico

17 January 2018
With a length of 347km, Sac Actun has been claimed by a dive-team as the world's largest flooded cave after they succeeded in connecting it with another flooded system, near the resort town of Tulum in eastern Mexico.

British and Dutch wrecks found off Yucatan

16 January 2018
Two shipwrecks, a 19th-century British paddle-steamer and an 18th-century Dutch warship, have been found off the beach resort of Sisal in Mexico's Yucatan.

Fish change shape as shark threat recedes

15 January 2018
Fish are evolving with significantly smaller eyes and tails on reefs on which they are safe from shark predation.

May's plastic plans disappoint campaigners

13 January 2018
"Extremely disappointed" is how environmental charity the Marine Conservation Society has described its reaction to the Prime Minister's declaration this week that the British Government is committed to tackling ocean pollution.

WW2 sub graveyard reported off Tunisia

12 January 2018
A Belgian scuba diver has claimed to have found the wrecks of six Royal Navy submarines sunk off Tunisia during World War Two - though they are too deep for him to dive.

What pirates liked to read

11 January 2018
Paper rarely survives for long once waterlogged, let alone for 300 years. So the discovery of readable fragments on the wreck of Blackbeard's pirate ship "Queen Anne's Revenge" proved an ...

Divers flee sinking boat in Cozumel

10 January 2018
A dive boat carrying eight US divers sank off the coast of Cozumel in Mexico on 3 January.

Time for the People's Choice

9 January 2018
Wringing every drop out of the prestigious annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition - and why not? - organiser the Natural History Museum launches its People's Choice Award to...

More charges as another beginner dies in Thailand

8 January 2018
A diving instructor, dive-boat captain and a tour guide have been charged with reckless behaviour following the death of a Japanese tourist on her first dive in Thailand on 4 January.

Rise in dead zones causes concern

6 January 2018
The number of "dead zones", areas of water in the open ocean that contain zero oxygen, have more than quadrupled in the past 50 years, according to a report just published by the US-based...

Dive-crew charged after Phi Phi death

5 January 2018
Two diving instructors based on a Thai island have been charged with negligence following the death of first-time diver Alok Kumar Shukla, a tourist from India.

'Scuba' spider named after Bob Marley

4 January 2018
The 1970s reggae song "High Tide or Low Tide" has inspired three scientists to name a species of spider that can live under water Desis bobmarleyi - or Bob Marley's Intertidal Spider.

New Year's Eve death in Thailand

2 January 2018
A first-time diver has died in the Phi Phi islands in Krabi, Thailand, after falling off a dive-boat while still carrying his weights. The incident occurred on the last day of 2017.

North-east wrecks project gets under way

1 January 2018
Up to 400 shipwrecks are to be located and surveyed off England's north-eastern coast between the Tyne and the Tees, as part what is described as the UK's first marine-landscape partnersh...

New giant octopus found

31 December 2017
A new species of giant Pacific octopus has been discovered, but it seems that it has been visible for a long time - it's just that it was always mistaken in the past for the giant Pacific...

Another British fatality in Lanzarote

30 December 2017
A 61-year-old British diver died on Wednesday morning (27 December) following a dive at the Atlantic Museum, the sculpture garden off Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.

Training weekend for Ghost Fishing UK

27 December 2017
Ghost Fishing UK is linking up with the Project Baseline Portland Harbour Wrecks Project in Dorset's Portland Marina on 6 and 7 January to host a weekend of underwater training.

Lake divers find 19th-century Canadian wreck

25 December 2017
US wreck-divers have located a steamship called Jane Miller that sank in November, 1881, during a storm in Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada.

Cocaine-ensnared turtle released

23 December 2017
A loggerhead turtle has been rescued by US Coast Guard officers after it was found entangled in a bundle of plastic-wrapped bales tied with rope. But this was no ordinary entanglement - t...

Another iconic sub located deep off Hawaii

22 December 2017
What has been described as one of the world's "top 10 iconic mysterious shipwrecks", the WW2 submarine USS S-28, has been located off Oahu, Hawaii at a depth of 2.6km.

First Allied sub victim of Great War found

21 December 2017
Australia's first submarine, HMAS AE1, which went missing in unexplained circumstances at the start of World War One, has been found intact after 103 years, off Papua New Guinea.

Eight ancient shipwrecks found off Naxos

20 December 2017
A cluster of eight ancient merchant shipwrecks dating back to the Classical, Roman and Byzantine eras have been found on a reef in the Aegean Sea off the Greek island of Naxos.

Rare shark spotted by wreck team

19 December 2017
A bluntnose six-gill shark has been seen and filmed for the first time in the Philippines.

Whales in danger of extinction

18 December 2017
The already rare North Atlantic right whale could become extinct unless action is taken soon, experts have warned.

UK authorities look to toughen up on wreck interference

17 December 2017
A meeting to find more effective ways of protecting naval warship and aircraft wrecks in the UK has identified "a new cooperative approach that will enable more effective management of th...