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Archaeology and Navy divers team up to explore Erebus

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2015

Divers are set to revisit the sunken Franklin ship HMS Erebus in the arctic over the next week or so in an ambitious joint operation that will pair up Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Service and Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic and Pacific) divers in the first under …

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Adopt a manatee for Valentines Day

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th January 2015

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and what better gift to get your loved one, than a manatee. Ok, so not a manatee per se, that would be cruel. But an adopted gentle giant they you can follow, support and love! Whether you’re buying for your wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend, …

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Expedition Hollis: Truk Lagoon

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th December 2014

US gear manufacturer Hollis, have announced a partnership with Canada’s Sea the World Adventure Travel, with their first expedition to Truk Lagoon now taking bookings for 2016.  Divers will get the chance to join Hollis Ambassador, Bill Coltart, aboard the luxurious S/Y Truk Siren for a ten day wreck diving expedition. Divers …

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Hammered on Bimini: Getting shark-faced in the Bahamas

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st November 2014

Text and Photography by Andy Murch You would think that a large, globally occurring species like the great hammerhead would be a relatively easy shark to encounter but until a couple of years ago that simply wasn’t the case. Shark diving operators in the Bahamas and elsewhere raved about …

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Red Sea Rush – Exploring the Egyptian coast with the Aggressor Fleet

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 19th November 2014

The brand new Red Sea Aggressor cruises down the southern Egyptian coast to dive sites remote and iconic, and they do it in style Text by Michele Westmorland When I told friends and family here in the United States I was headed to Egypt to dive the Red Sea, …

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Ocean Acidification Crumbling the Shells of the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th November 2014

Text by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jaclyn Mandoske If there is one thing we know from the history of life on Earth, it is that the oceans are resilient and relentless. Nearly four billion years ago the first raindrops fell from our cooling planet, accumulating in low basins and forming …

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Adventures In Iceberg Alley

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th November 2014

Text by Polina Reznikov A thunderous crack shatters the dive, sending a shock wave through the very core of me. Instinctively, I glance at my buddy, Darryl. We’d been instructed what to do and immediately dive down, fining hard. In deeper water we level out, pushing away from the …

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The Skelligs

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th November 2014

From a depth of 105 feet (32m) the surface shimmered in light. The vista was stunningly clear, an expansive panorama washed in a watercolour blue that recalled diving somewhere decidedly warmer. Before me there were bold swaths of colour so richly saturated they seemed more psychedelic than from the …

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Florida’s Shipwrecks: Museums in the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th October 2014

Underwater archaeological preserves reveal history of this sunny, seafaring state Text by Franklin H. Price For a landmass almost completely surrounded by the sea, it’s no big surprise that maritime history figures prominently in its story. It’s certainly true of Florida, southernmost of the continental United States and with …

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The Great Escape: The Turtle Hatchlings of Little Cayman

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th October 2014

Volunteer payoff as turtle hatchlings high tail it for the sea On a quiet Little Cayman beach this July 5th, a small group of excited – and lucky – turtle watch volunteers witnessed the hatching of the island’s first turtle nest of the season. It was a rare event …

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Eau Canada: Night Flight

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th October 2014

Hitchin’ a ride on the Red-eye Medusa By Jett and Kathryn Britnell Named for the telltale ‘red eyespots’ ringing the base of its tentacles, the Red-eye medusa (Polyorchis pencillatus) is one of the prettiest jellyfish in British Columbia’s Emerald Sea. These ocelli are actually tiny light-sensitive receptors that help …

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Cayman Divers Restore Damaged Reef

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th September 2014

In the waters off George Town, Grand Cayman, a group of approximately 50 volunteer divers led by local dive operators, and guided by the Cayman Islands Department of Environment (DOE), are working tirelessly to repair a coral reef severely damaged by a cruise ship anchor in mid-August. Working in …

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Dubai Underwater Theme Park

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 26th September 2014

A city of grand scale attractions, Dubai is now planning an Atlantis-like sunken city theme park for SCUBA divers and snorkelers in the shallows off its World Islands development. Los Angeles-based Reef Worlds is behind the design for two sites now on the drawing board under the working title …

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Australia’s Marine Superhighway

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 25th September 2014

Ocean inhabitants traveling Australia’s marine superhighway have made this rest stop a dive site that doesn’t disappoint at any time of the year Text by Lilla Clare Just 1.73 miles (2.8km) off the eastern-most point of the Australian continent, there’s an unassuming little outcrop called Julian Rocks.  By chance …

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From the archives: Back in the 50s – Nitrox and Rebreathers, so what’s new?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd September 2014

Originally Published for DIVER April 1995 By Phil Nuytten So there I was, right at the edge, one foot actually in the water.  I kneeled down to pull on my fin and lost my balance.  Just a little.  My knee moved forward and down, perhaps six inches, no more.  In …

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The Cave That Changed The Game In Russia

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th September 2014

In Orda of priority it’s No.1 Text by Bogdana Vashchenko / Photography by Victor Lyagushkin  – The Orda cave revolutionized cave diving in Russia. In every respect it’s a ‘dream’ compared to other sumps in the Russian Federation, and it also claims some bragging rights on the world stage. Extending more …

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Are fish more than a menu item?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th September 2014

A new study suggests fish are behaviourally complex and possess a mental capacity that can match or exceed other vertebrates A paper just published in the scientific journal Animal Cognition states that “fish perception and cognitive abilities often match or exceed other vertebrates.” Dr. Culum Brown, a professor in the …

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Coral Condos

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th September 2014

Gorgonian corals become rockfish communities Photograph by Lou Lehmann – Text by Neil McDaniel Gorgonian corals are common in the cold waters off Canada’s Pacific and Atlantic coasts, but they usually dwell in deep, dark water well beyond SCUBA depths. But on the Pacific coast, a few species are …

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The BIG Picture: Making Waves

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th August 2014

Text and Photograph by David Fleetham As a rule, waves can be tricky to shoot underwater. In the shallow surf zone it’s not unusual that you’ll take a bit of a beating in the quest for a worthy wave shot, but this image at the Molokini Marine Preserve near …

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A Whale of a Dive

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th August 2014

Scientists have recently revealed the true champion of the deep Even the whale watchers among us are impressed by the scientific revelations released recently by cetacean researchers at the Cascadia Research Collective (CRC) in Olympia, Washington. They’ve been studying Cuvier’s beaked whales over the past few years and what …

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Exploring Indonesia’s Ancient Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th August 2014

Site of the country’s largest marine park, Cenderawasih Bay boasts endemic species and biodiversity that make it unique in the world ocean and worthy of your dive site bucket list Text and Photography by Michael AW Rising above an indigo sea, the fog-shrouded Arfak Mountains evoke the image of …

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Anchor Away!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 31st July 2014

Text and Photograph by Joseph C. Dovala Today the SS Saganaga rests peacefully on the bottom of Conception Bay, Newfoundland, in the cool, clear North Atlantic. The World War II story of how she came to be such a great wreck, and dive, is anything but peaceful, however, and unravels the …

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The Science of Sport Diving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th June 2014

Want to work on a science diving project? Good news. You don’t have to be a scientist. And for you non-divers out there, here’s another good reason to get certified and help Planet Ocean  Text by Evan Kovacs & Chad Smith  The family is out. You alone have dominion …

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Divers Study Micronesia Coral

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th June 2014

In the late fall of 2012, researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Maryland and the University of Hawaii at Manoa joined forces to conduct a month-long integrated study of coral in the Federated States of Micronesia, remote islands in the western Pacific. Three dive teams, each …

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American Freediver Ted Hardy Wins DejaBlueV Freediving Competition

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th May 2014

US Freediving is pleased to report that US Freediving athlete Ted Hardy, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, has won the prestigious DejaBlueV freediving competition. Ted complied the highest point total for all six competitive freediving disciplines completed within the competition. The weeklong competition allows athletes to contest for points derived …

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Rare seahorse spotted in Canadian waters

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2014

The University of British Columbia’s Project Seahorse just announced a rare documented sighting of a seahorse in Canadian waters. The sighting comes to light as a result of iSeahorse.org, the new citizen science initiative created by Project Seahorse. Two divers recently uploaded a photograph of the lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) that …

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Guardian of the Reef Making Himself at Home at Northwest Point

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th May 2014

More than 750 divers have visited Cayman’s newest dive attraction since sculpture was sunkon April 12 Adela Gonzales White, Cayman Bottom Times Since his celebrated sinking on April 12, more that 750 divers, both visitors and locals, have visited Cayman’s newest dive attraction, the Guardian of the Reef.  The bronze …

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Going with the Flow

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th April 2014

Text and Photograph by Eiko Jones Near the top end of Vancouver Island the picturesque community of Telegraph Cove nestles in rainforest overlooking the Johnstone Strait, a bountiful west coast waterway that’s home to its own lush forests, dazzling in their own right. With its serpentine shore and island-choked …

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The Guardian of the Reef to be sunk April 12

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

After many months and a long journey from his birthplace in British Columbia the bronze sculpture, commissioned to mark Divetech’s 20th Anniversary, to be welcomed with a weekend celebration He has travelled thousands of miles to arrive in Grand Cayman, and on Saturday, April 12 the bronze sculpture Guardian of …

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News Briefs – Quadriplegic, Shark cancer, wreck, Scuba Board

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

Niagara Certifies First Quadriplegic Quadriplegic Mitch Brogan recently qualified as an HSA Advanced Open Water Diver in the Niagara Frontier area of Ontario, Canada, and holds the distinction of being the first graduate of a new local program launched in August to train disabled divers. The new Handicapped SCUBA …

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Protect the mermaids!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

The Dive Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) wants us to enjoy manatees but to be sure to give them their space. A poster and 30-second video, voiced by Jimmy Buffet, aim to boost awareness for safe interaction with the manatees when you’re in and on the water. Targeting tourists, …

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Jurassic Park Below

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

In dark depths rarely visited by scuba divers, subs explore hectares of sponge many storeys high that form British Columbia’s ancient Sea of Glass By Sabine Jessen and Alexandra Barron The Aquarius submersible plummets through the depths, the light fades and darkness surrounds the small white vessel. Through the …

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Coming to a reef near you… we hope!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd April 2014

Photographs Courtesy Deep Ocean Technology A patented project by Deep Ocean Technology (DOT), the Water Discus Underwater Hotel is right out of the Jetsons. The futuristic accommodation is remarkable in appearance and design. The basic structure comprises an underwater disc and a topside disc, sized to client specifications, water …

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Test an Aquatica Housing on an 11 night liveaboard

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th March 2014

We don’t often run events like this, but we should, especially when they appeal to the underwater photographer in all of us! Not only are Aquatica the official housing suppliers for the AGGRESSOR FLEET and DANCER FLEET, but Aquatica have now announce an 11 night charter from March 28th to April 8th, 2015 …

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Go fetch…something!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th February 2014

Text and Photograph by Eiko Jones   I first started shooting dogs in the water when Mortimer, a friendly pooch, came down to visit me photographing in the Campbell River estuary. He stood there watching me float in the water with my camera so I turned and began taking …

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Sea star wasting disease video

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th January 2014

Former DIVER Editor, renowned underwater videographer, and all round local legend Neil McDaniel has released a short video giving a brief overview of the disease that has effected the west coast of Canada and the US.

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