Scuba Diver

Scuba Diver 3/2017

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Working with the world's best underwater photographers and journalists, premier dive magazine Scuba Diver sets the standard by which all other dive magazines are judged. For the modern diver who wants to discover everything they need to know about exploring our fascinating oceans, both in Asia and around the world. Travel destinations, where to find spectacular marine-life, what equipment you need, dive techniques plus news on discoveries and environmental issues - Scuba Diver has it all. Scuba Diver Australasia and Ocean Planet are alternating titles with 4 issues each per year. While SD Australasia stays true to its roots with editorial coverage exclusively from the Asia Pacific region, Ocean Planet shines a light on top diving destinations from around the world.

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NEW MOLA SPECIES For the first time in 130 years, a new species of Mola has been described. Lead author Marianne Nyegaard of the Murdoch University in Australia and her colleagues have named the new species the “hoodwinker” sunfish or Mola tecta, derived from the Latin word tectus meaning disguised or hidden. SIGNPOST As part of her PhD research, Nyegaard analysed DNA from more than 150 skin samples of sunfish and found that the samples pointed towards four distinct species. But only three species had been previously described, the scientists report in a new study published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. The fourth one had not been recorded yet. A Japanese research team had found similar genetic evidence of an unknown sunfish species in Australian waters some 10 years ago. To…

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divers’ daily digest

ARTICLES Read our tips, guides and the latest news on the underwater world. We also feature daily articles: From interviews with pioneering conservationists, to in-depth pieces on diving history – UW360 is the “Divers’ Daily Digest”. You can check out the daily schedule below. SHOP Subscribe to our various magazines and purchase T-shirts, mugs, bags and more. There are also exclusive offers and products that you won’t find anywhere else, such as signed copies of Silver Seas: A Retrospective, which is a compilation of Ernie Brooks’ incredible images. TRADE360 From the development of leading and novel diving equipment, to a range of fantastic offers for dive trips to some of the best destinations all around the world – Trade360 is the place where you can keep up-to-date on the latest launches, achievements, and offers from companies in…

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# uwphotography

Lanzarote, Spain THE RAFT SUNK By Cat Vinton Using the ocean as an exhibition space, British artist Jason deCaires Taylor has created an underwater museum off the coast of Lanzarote, comprising life-size concrete figures depicting everything from the horrors of the refugee crisis to selfie-taking tourists, sculpture that will transform over time into a thriving marine ecosystem. Life-sized casts are situated 14 metres below the surface of the water. This is a permanent installation, accessible to divers and snorkellers and tourists in glass-bottomed boats. The Raft of Lampedusa depicts 13 refugees on a raft, drifting towards an uncertain future. It draws its inspiration from Théodore Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa, which represents the vain hope of shipwrecked sailors. Despite being able to see the rescue vessel on the horizon, they are abandoned to their…

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lost no longer coelacanth

Coelacanths were thought to have been extinct for the last 65 million years, until 1938 when a fisherman found one entangled in his net off the coast of South Africa. In 1997, a second species of coelacanth was found in a fish market in Indonesia. Coelacanths are thought to occupy a side branch of the vertebrate lineage, closely related to, yet distinct from, the ancestor of tetrapods (four-legged, land-living animals). Coelacanths have four fleshy fins, which extend away from its body like limbs and move in an alternating motion, with alternate pairs of fins moving together in a way that is similar to the movement of four-legged creatures on land.…

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on the brink the vanishing vaquita

VAQUITA BASICS 1 The vaquita, Phocoena sinus, is the world’s smallest cetacean, weighing around 55 kilos. 2 Females to be around grow 1.5 metres long. They are longer than the males, whose length tops out at about 1.4 metres. 3 They eat small fish and squid. 4 They have unique facial markings with a black ring around each eye and curved, black lips that make them look as if they are smiling. 5 Their dorsal surface is dark grey, their sides pale grey, and their underside is white with light grey markings. Newborn calves are darker. 6 Vaquita have proportionally large dorsal fins, possibly as an adaptation to warmer water to allow heat to dissipate. 7 Like other porpoises, vaquitas use sonar to communicate and navigate. 8 Vaquitas are very rarely seen. When they are spotted, they are either…

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the vaquita: on the verge of extinction

I NEVER DREAMED I WOULD SEE A VAQUITA, let alone film the animal in the wild. After spending almost eight weeks searching for this elusive animal on three different boats, for hours at a time in a desert sea, the stage was set. It was perfect weather to see one of Nature’s most reclusive marine mammals. “They cannot see these near-invisible nets. They swim into them, become entangled and drown.” That day was October 19, 2008 and that day changed my life: Little did I know I would be one of a handful of people on the planet to bear witness to a species on the verge of extinction. Vanishing Only discovered in the 1950s, the vaquita is the smallest cetacean on Earth and are only found in a small area, the upper Gulf…