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  • Dive sites of Indonesia amongst the best in the world
    Indonesia has some of the best diving in the world. It is an archipelago of around 18000 islands, 922 of them lived on. It is in the 'coral triangle', so-called for the amazing numbers of corals found there. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, Indonesia's coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangroves are home to more than 3,000 species of fish. The reefs contain more than 500 species of corals. Indonesia's famous dive sites include the Liberty wreck in Bali, Raja Ampat, Komodo National Park, Bunaken and Sangalaki Island, all of which are have been voted amongst the top 100 dive sites in the world.

  • Humpback whales sing for their supper
    Whales may sing for their supper, a study in the open access journal Scientific Reports suggests. Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) work together whilst foraging on the bottom for food - but how do they co-ordinate their behaviour? Susan Parks of Syracuse University believes she may have the answer.

  • LIke Sharks? Volunteer with Great White Sharks Project
    White Shark Projects work with "eco tourists" and local enthusiasts to help change many of the needless misconceptions as well as the slaughter of over 100 million sharks per year.

  • Microbes discovered by deepest marine drill analysed
    The tiny, single-celled organisms survive in this harsh environment on a low-calorie diet of hydrocarbon compounds and have a very slow metabolism.

  • Ocean plastic count in the trillions
    The first estimate of plastic afloat on the global oceans is a 'highly conservative' 5.25 trillion pieces. The count, which only measures surface-floating plastic, finds its total mass would weigh around 268,940 tonnes - though the vast majority of pieces are smaller than a grain of rice.

  • Electric eels remotely control their prey
    A jolt from an electric eel does more than stun its prey, scientists say. A study, reported in the journal Science, has now shown that eels can use their electric organs to remotely control the fish they hunt.

  • How Google Translates Pictures Into Words Using Vector Space Mathematics
    Google engineers have trained a machine learning algorithm to write picture captions using the same techniques it developed for language translation.

  • Crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak threatens North West Australia's beleaguered coral reefs
    A crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak has been discovered on the little-known coral reefs of Western Australia's Pilbara region, which are already suffering from severe coral bleaching.

  • SCUBA News 174 now up
    Latest issue of SCUBA News now available at http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/scuba-news174.html

  • Diving accidents down again this year
    n the last three years the number of reported incidents has declined by approximately 60 per year. Are people doing less diving, keeping quiet about incidents or diving more safely. Report points to improvements in diver safety with respect to decompression illness and buoyancy control, and also a reduction in boating incidents. BSAC say that most of the incidents reported could have been avoided had those involved followed a few basic principles of safe diving practice. Several incidents involved rapid ascents due to panic and a rush for the surface, poor buoyancy control, out of air, delayed surface marker buoy issues or a weight-related issue. Interestingly, there was also an increase this year in the number of cases which identified the malfunction of inflation or dump valves on a BCD or drysuit. Full details of each incident are covered in the report.