Yearly Archives: 2009

Pilot whales beached in NZ

According to the New Zealand Herald, 63 pilot whales beached themselves at Colville Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula on Sunday.  Department of Conservation workers and hundreds of volunteers managed to get around 2/3rds of them back out to sea, but … Continue reading

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Video of underwater volcano erupting

Several websites are showing video of the deepest underwater eruption ever recorded.  The pictures show lava bursting into the water at the West Mata submarine volcano. This is about 200km south-west of Samoa. The video was taken by a robotic … Continue reading

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WWII Hospital ship found off Queensland

The AHS Centaur, a hospital ship that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in May 1943 has been found near Brisbane in 2059m of water. There were 332 people on board when it was hit and only 64 survived. The … Continue reading

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RGS – HK presentation on “The Great Wall”

William Lindesay OBE is presenting a lecture called “Great Wall Revisited” at The Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong on Thursday 17 December 2009. Mr. Lindesay is the first person in modern times to walk the whole 2,500km length of … Continue reading

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Octopus carrying a coconut

The BBC website has a video of octopus carrying coconuts. The footage shows them dragging away halved coconut shells to use later as shelters. You can see the video on the BBC website.

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Diving with orcas

Last week some New Zealand divers doing a navigation training session got a bit more than they bargained for when a large orca and a calf swam into a reef channel near where they were.  The larger one was apparently … Continue reading

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Giant jellyfish swarms in Japan

Swarms of giant jellyfish are apparently causing havoc to the Japanese fishing industry by ruining nets and catches. There’s some great video on the Guardian’s website.

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Creatures from the ocean depths

The BBC are featuring some photos of deep sea creatures from the International Census for Marine Life. You can see their photos on the BBC website.

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Photos of vulnerable UK marine life

Something that might interest UK divers – the BBC has a series of photographs of vulnerable marine creatures on its website.

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Caesarian by shark bite

In an Auckland aquarium visitors spotted four baby sharks spilling out of a wound in the side of  a pregnant female. The wound was caused by a bite from another shark. Staff removed the female and the four baby sharks, … Continue reading

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Wildlife photos from the Yucatan peninsula

Not specifically diving photos, but there are some great wildlife shots from the BBC’s website.

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One species of manta, or two?

Last year in July, Dr. Andrea Marshall reported to the American Elasmobranch Society’s annual conference in Montreal her view that there are actually two species of manta ray. Until then people had believed there was only one species – Manta … Continue reading

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