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Bagan ritual - a wonder of the world

Appeared in DIVER May 2012
The whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay are unique, says MICHAEL AW - because, knock on wood, they don't go away. Diving with them is a unique experience too
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Hangers-on, lumps & body-snatchers

Appeared in DIVER May 2012
Why is it that a normally fast-moving fish allows you to photograph it? It may well be the victim of parasites that have slowed it down. JAMIE WATTS finds these marine vampires intriguing, if not at times revolting!
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The deal with seals

Appeared in DIVER February 2012
Divers travel all over the world to interact with big animals, but you don't have to go far to experience what can rank among the best marine-life encounters on Earth, says marine biologist JAMIE WATTS
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Ninja turtle

Appeared in DIVER September 2011
Sea turtles are shy, retiring creatures, right? Not always, it seems. Richard Carey encounters an animal with attitude while diving in the Red Sea
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Nest-building Corkwing

Appeared in DIVER August 2011
A male corkwing wrasse builds its nest in a crevice. MATTHEW OXLEY found this one going about it's labour of love
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Lions on the loose

Appeared in DIVER August 2011
The spread of the red lionfish within the Caribbean is said to be an environmental disaster. Tim Ecott looks into why this beautiful predator is now high on a hit-list. Under-water photos by John Bantin
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The secret lives of Sea Cucumbers

Appeared in DIVER July 2011
Unassuming Holothurians are diverse, specialised and critical to the worlds oceans, says SARAH CURRAN-RAGAN. Photos by STEPHEN WONG and TAKAKO UNO
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Those elusive Garden Eels

Appeared in DIVER July 2011
Divers see them, the eels duck into their burrows and the divers move on. Unless, that is, they are David & Debi Henshaw.
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Quest for the Lanternfish

Appeared in DIVER July 2011
Cold winter followed cold winter, but Norwegian diver Rudolf Svensen never gave up on his quest to photograph an elusive deep-dweller.
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Smashers & Spearers

Appeared in DIVER June 2011
Nature's hardest oddball has the most powerful punch on Earth, but it is stunning in other ways too, according to marine biologist JAMIE WATTS
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Breathless

Appeared in DIVER May 2011
Evolution has endowed some marine animals with diving abilities of which humans can only dream. Sarah Curran Ragan explains
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Baby-lobster escorts wanted

Appeared in DIVER April 2011
In a lobster-eat-lobster world, its tough being a newborn, but your chances of survival are enhanced when a scuba diver gives you your start in life. JOHN LIDDIARD heads for Padstow to learn more
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Chasing the sardines

Appeared in DIVER February 2011
They thought hed been swallowed by a whale, but Michael AW was merely frustrated at not being able to focus on one of the oceans biggest animals. Prepare yourself for thrills on South Africa's Sardine Run
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Whats up, BRO!

Appeared in DIVER September 2010
The name blue-ringed octopus sends a shiver of terror through some - but for underwater photographers this tiny creature is an object of desire, say David & Debi Henshaw
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Flamboyant when roused

Appeared in DIVER May 2010
DAVID & DEBI HENSHAW recently encountered a devoted pair of cuttlefish that said it all with colour
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Have we got Rhinopias for you!

Appeared in DIVER May 2010
John Bantin strikes it lucky with some unusual fish in Papua New Guinea
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Sluggers United

Appeared in DIVER April 2010
Want to discover a sea creature new to science? It might be easier than you think. At risk of becoming a nudibranch nerd, Steve Weinman enlists help to avoid an identity crisis
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Manta tornado

Appeared in DIVER March 2010
I was in the middle of a tornado, a tornado of 200 mantas, feeding in an endless spiral, says Michael Aw. Oh, and there was a whale shark present, too. Hanifaru in the Maldives is the astonishing manta capital of the world, but will it get the protection it deserves?
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Crocodile attack!

Appeared in DIVER January 2010
It happened last summer in remotest Indonesia when a 4m-plus reptile grabbed David Shem-Tov with intent to harm. Few divers have been attacked before - read exclusively in DIVER how he survived
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Close encounters with super suckers

Appeared in DIVER November 2009
The extraordinary giant Pacific octopus exhibits an amazing repertoire of behaviours, many of which defy simple explanations. In this extract from their new book Super Suckers, US divers James A Cosgrove and Neil McDaniel share their personal experiences, and those of a number of other divers
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Finding sanctuary to secure our sites

Appeared in DIVER October 2009
Want to help protect our marine life Get mapping, says Joana Doyle, Communications Co-ordinator of Finding Sanctuary, which is responsible for selecting conservation zones in the South-west

Protecting our assets in the south-west

Appeared in DIVER October 2009
Divers out of Plymouth are spoilt for choice of reefs, wrecks and especially for the fantastic variety of wildlife they can see. Now, Natural England is consulting on the proposal that th...

Clipping Nemo

Appeared in DIVER September 2009
Just as canaries once warned of danger in coal mines, the dainty anemonefish is now becoming natures early-warning system for tropical-sea warming. Justin Gilligan joins marine scientists...

Can you read the signs

Appeared in DIVER August 2009
Animals living in UK waters are fascinating but can also be enigmatic.Do you always know what you're looking at? Can you recognise these animals or their signs? And can you demonstrate su...

Wild wonders of the Mediterranean

Appeared in DIVER June 2009
Off Corsica, dusky grouper are protected and grow big and fearless. Linda Pitkin is a woman with a mission

Winning your stripes

Appeared in DIVER May 2009
Some photo-opps are spectacular enough to unbalance even the most experienced photographer. Brandon Cole gets a short sharp shock in the Mexican Pacific

Fin-nibblers of Lundy Island

Appeared in DIVER April 2009
They're among Britains largest mammals, and the small population around Lundy in the Bristol Channel just want to have fun. John Liddiard is up for it

Scylla's wildlife time-line

Appeared in DIVER April 2009
Plymouth's celebrated artificial reef has been in place for five years - Keith Hiscock summarises the marine life that has discovered it in that time, and what to look out for when you ne...

The Nemo Factor

Appeared in Diver September 2005
Nemo, the animated film star, is now part of popular culture. But what is it about its real-life counterpart that turned this little fish so readily into a Hollywood icon? Sarah Curran fi...

Reef Diversity

Appeared in DIVER February 2009
The BBCs South Pacific film crew continue their journey, this time in search of the perfect coral reef, and director and marine biologist Ellen Husain enjoys a Penguin experience

Out of the blue

Appeared in DIVER January 2009
In the first part of her diary leading into next summers major BBC TV series South Pacific, marine biologist and director Ellen Husain goes in search of sharks and whales off Hawaii

Shooting oceans

Appeared in DIVER December 2008
The logistics of underwater filming were a constant challenge for the team that made the latest nature TV blockbuster

Whale of a day

Appeared in DIVER October 2008
Last year the talk in the northern Red Sea was of oceanic reef shark sightings - this year the excitement has revolved around whale sharks and baitballs. Pash Baker reports, pictures by G...

Squat lobsters rock!

Appeared in DIVER October 2008
Crustaceans in a can, anyone Simon Morley looks at a fast-moving predator that actually lives in squats

Now you see it , now you don't

Appeared in DIVER October 2008
Tubeworms are notoriously skittish underwater subjects. Photographer Elaine Whiteford provides some tips on how to capture great images of them

Rainbows in the UK

Appeared in DIVER October 2008
Brightly coloured and British diving - not terms generally used in the same sentence, yet our sea slugs and anemones alone show that they should be, says Gavin Parsons.

Urchin sex!

Appeared in DIVER October 2008
Urchins boring? Their sex lives revolutionised our understanding of reproduction, says Louisa Butler. Pictures by Adam Butler

Not just a horse -the cavalry!

British seahorses have won official protection, but is this worth a light? asks Steve Trewhella, who often hangs out with these rare creatures in Dorset

Octopussy it must be love!

Appeared in DIVER March 2008
Octopuses like to put themselves about a bit, and make the most of their eight tentacles, says John Bantin